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Many of our students learn English for travel purposes, so here's an article that can help you build your vocabulary while also giving you some interesting tips about staying safe during your travels. Copy and paste, or write, the words from the list into the correct gaps.

Vaccinations - An injection you need to protect you from diseases in foreign countries.
Spiked - A drink has been 'spiked' when someone has put some kind of drug in your drink without your knowledge.
Research - to find information on a certain topic.
Vulnerable - open to attack, not well protected emotionally and/or physically.
Budget - An estimate of how much you are able to spend over a certain period of time.
Itinerary - A plan of what you are going to do and when.
Common sense - Practical judgement, knowledge we have gained via life experience.
Pickpockets - People who steal your possessions without your knowledge.
This article is taken from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hubs/gapyear/2552891/Ten-gap-year-tips.html
And has been cut down for the purposes of this lesson.

Accommodation

At the very least, book your first night's accommodation. You are at your most _(1)_ on arrival in a foreign country, when you are likely to be tired and unsure of your surroundings.

Alcohol and drugs

Drinks being _(2)_ is a worldwide problem. Do not leave your drink unattended. When it comes to alcohol, make sure you know your limit. You are more likely to have an accident if you are drunk and probably won't be covered by your insurance.

Be alert

Be aware of what is going on around you and avoid situations or areas that make you feel uncomfortable, particularly at night. Use your _(3)_ and constantly reassess your personal safety. Be alert to_(4)_ among crowds.

Food and drink

Find out if the local tap water is safe to drink. If not, drink bottled water and avoid having ice in your drinks. Do not eat food that has not been freshly cooked - you may also want to avoid meat in some countries as restaurants may not always have proper refrigeration.

Keep in touch

Set up a secure internet email account. Email yourself and trusted friends or family details of your insurance policy, passport, _(5)_ and emergency contact numbers. STA Travel (www.statravel.co.uk) offers a secure online vault for all your important documents, itineraries for your trip and inventory of your belongings and valuables in case of theft.

Health

Visit your GP at least six weeks before departure and find out what _(6)_ you may need. Take any prescribed medicine with you and keep it to hand. Visit the website at www.doh.gov.uk.

Local knowledge

Buy a good guidebook and _(7)_ your destinations before you go. Learn key language phrases and be aware of local laws. Try to keep a low profile - dress in clothes that blend in with crowds and walk with purpose. Also be aware of current events, political demonstrations and security threats. Visit www.fco.gov.uk for updates.

Money

Try to work out roughly how much you will need a day and work to a realistic _(8)_. Wear a money belt. ISIC cards entitle you to discounts, international Sim cards save on mobile roaming charges and only carry the money you need.
It also may be worth giving someone close and trusted back home power of attorney over your bank account – they can then pay any of your bills while you are away and track you if necessary.

Copy and paste, or write, the words from the list into the correct gaps.

Today's lesson is by Caroline

Link: In the travel agency: booking a package holiday Q&A

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