Topic – Travel tips
Level – intermediate
Do you have any plans to travel overseas soon?
What are some unique characteristics of the country you want to visit?
What is something that you would like to see once in your life from another country?
If you want to travel to other countries, there are some important things that you must keep in mind. First, you may not be able to have a lot of things that you are used to having at home. Unfortunately, this may include toilet paper in the public restrooms. In some countries, toilet paper is not provided in the restroom, so keep a few packs of tissue in your pocket or purse.
You might not be able to get used to the water in a foreign place; you could experience some intestinal problems. If you brush your teeth with tap water or eat anything rinsed in tap water, you could have a problem. So, have a bottle of antacid with you just in case to treat an upset stomach. It’s also a good idea to chew an antacid tablet before you eat anything that is prepared in a way you are not used to.
Consult with a doctor or health-care provider at a clinic before your trip. Provide them with your health information and immunization history. You should also let them know what area of the foreign country you will be visiting. This will help them know what types of vaccinations you will need for your trip. Take enough antibiotics and other prescription medications with you for the days that you will spend abroad.
clinic a place, often in a hospital, where medical treatment is given to people who do not need to stay in the hospital
immunization the act of making something protected from a sickness, usually by vaccination
vaccination the taking of a vaccine to protect against a certain disease
antibiotics a drug that is used to kill bacteria and cure infections
prescriptions a piece of paper on which a doctor writes what medicine a sick person should have, so that they can get it from a pharmacy
intestines the long tube in your body through which food passes after it leaves your stomach
Scammer a person who takes someone’s money by tricking them
Accuse to say that you believe someone is guilty of a crime or of doing something bad
Counterfeit made to look exactly like something else, in order to deceive people
Do you think you are usually prepared for the possibility of getting sick in a foreign country?
Do you normally bring extras of everything on your vacation just in case you run into trouble? (ex: flight cancelled for 3 days) Would you be able to ration what you take with you on a trip if you had to stay in that country for an extra week?
What are some things that you always bring on a vacation no matter what?
Do you rely on credit cards heavily when you go on vacation?
Do you think that you have a strong stomach that can digest anything?
Test yourself. Multiple choice
The doctor gave me a week of _________ to fight off the bacteria.
1. scammers 2. clinics 3. antibiotics 4. ration
Those __________ bags cost half as much as the real ones.
1. counterfeit 2. diarrhea 3. intestinal 4. immunization
My __________ has run out. I need to have the doctor write another one.
1. antibiotic 2. scammer
3. immunization 4. prescription
There are three well-known _________ who hang around the train station looking for targets.
1. accuse 2. scammers 3. vaccination 4. clinic
I have some _____________ problems, so I am always careful with what I eat.
1. intestinal 2. counterfeit 3. accuse 4. ration