Podcast: Travel

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This week’s podcast is all about travel. What are you doing for your summer holiday? Are you having a staycation or will you go to the beach? Maybe you plan on having a city break. Let me know in the comments.

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You might also find these posts about booking hotels and buying train tickets useful.

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Also, you can stream it on Stitcher here or in the sidebar.

Book Hotel Rooms

Kawagoe Business Hotel

When you book hotel rooms, it is important to know what kind of rooms you need.

  • A single room has one single bed.
  • A twin room has two single beds.
  • A double room has one double bed.
  • A suite usually has a double bed and a living room facility and often also has private dining facilities. It may also include adjoining rooms for staff.

There are also different meal options.

  • ‘All inclusive’ means you can eat and drink as much as you like. This is mainly offered in resort hotels as part of a package holiday.
  • ‘Full board’ includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, usually without alcoholic drinks.
  • ‘Half board’ includes breakfast and dinner, again usually without alcoholic drinks.
  • ‘Bed and breakfast’, or B&B, includes breakfast.
  • ‘Self catering’ or ‘room only’ means you have to eat out or you may have cooking facilities available in your room.

Example Conversation

Booking Clerk: Hello, Paradise Hotel. How may I help you?
Customer: I’d like to book a room for two weeks from the twentieth of July, please.
Booking Clerk: What size room would you like?
Customer: A twin room, please.
Booking Clerk: Will you dine at the hotel?
Customer: I’d like bed and breakfast, please.
Booking Clerk: Certainly. That’s a twin room for fourteen nights, checking in after two o’ clock p.m. on the twentieth of July and checking out before eleven o’ clock a.m. on the third of August. Your catering requirements are bed and breakfast. That will be a total of nine hundred and ten dollars including taxes. Could I take a credit card number to guarantee the room?

How to Buy Train Tickets

train

Buying train tickets seems difficult but can be very easy. Sometimes using ticket machines is very easy but sometimes you need to speak to railway staff. Here are some easy words and phrases to help you buy train tickets.

Some useful vocabulary to know:

‘single’ (British) or ‘one-way’ (American): travel from your start point to your end point.
‘return’ (British) or ’round trip’ (American): travel from your start point to your end point and back again.
‘destination’: end point.
‘arrive’: get to the destination.
‘depart’: leave the start point.

Some useful sentences and questions:

British

How much is a single to Brighton, please?

It costs twenty two pounds eighty.

What time does the train depart from this station?

It departs at ten o’clock.

I’d like two singles to Brighton, please.

That’s forty five pounds sixty, please.

American

How much is a round-trip ticket to Boston, please?

It costs thirty five dollars twenty five.

When does the train arrive in Boston?

It arrives at eleven twenty-six.

I’d like a round-trip ticket to Boston, please.

That’ll be seventy dollars fifty, please.