ESL Taking a Trip Writing

The ESL taking a trip writing activities on this page will help you to learn vocabulary about taking a trip and how to write better. It is important to do writing tasks so that you can better at using English. When doing these tasks you will have plenty of time to choose and learn the best words.

The exercises and activities on this ESL taking a trip writing page will help you get better at writing in English.

There are the following four exercises on this page:

  • A list of writing topics.
  • A summary writing task.
  • A picture description task.
  • A role-play writing activity.

If you have any problems thinking of the best word to use you can look at the ESL taking a trip vocabulary page. That page has a long list of vocabulary items with definitions so you know what they mean.

ESL Taking a Trip Writing Exercises

Exercise 1 – Writing Topics

For the first ESL taking a trip writing exercise you need to choose one of the following topics and write as much as you can about it. Write several paragraphs or more and use as much of the taking a trip vocabulary as possible. This is a good activity for practicing using the vocabulary so do as much as you can. Then, if you want to, you can try and write about the other two topics as well.

  • What would be your ideal trip to take?
  • Who are good people to take a trip with?
  • Is it better to go on one big trip or several small ones?

Exercise 2 – Writing a Summary

This ESL taking a trip writing task has a reading passage that you should read and understand. Then you need to rewrite it so that it says the same thing but uses new and different words. The summary should be quite a lot shorter than the original passage.

How to Travel on a Budget

There are many ways to go on a less costly trip to any vacation spot of your choice provided that you plan and prepare the logistics well before departing. A good plan will help you make the most of your money and have a nice memorable vacation.

First, do not take a flight unless you can get really cheap tickets or if you are traveling out of the country. Taking a train or bus to travel is usually cheaper, but it depends on the destination or where you are traveling. Doing some research and comparing the costs of different means of transport is recommended.

If you can, avoid traveling during the holidays or mid-summer. Prices are higher during this period, so you have to pay more for accommodation, food and tourist attractions. Instead, travel during the off-peak period when school starts again or in early winter when prices tend to go lower and are back to normal.

Taking your own food and drinks can save you time and money. You do not need to stop at restaurants and stand in line or wait for the waiter to serve you. Bring many types of food which will not go bad if they are not consumed within the first few days. 

Driving to your vacation spot may not be the cheapest option as you can stop anywhere and make spontaneous purchases along the way. Although you have packed some food for travelling, you may still be tempted to buy snacks and drinks or go through a fast food drive-thru. Not to mention souvenirs sold on street malls which grab your attention and drive you to make a purchase. Record all of the expenses you made during the trip as it enables you to keep track of how much you spend and help you in estimating on how much you need for the next vacation.

Exercise 3 – Describing a Picture

In this ESL taking a trip writing task you need to look at the following picture and then describe what is happening. Write as much as you can about the picture. Describe what is being shown in the picture, but also think about and explain what might have happened before the scene shown in the picture and what might happen next.

Exercise 4 – Writing Role-plays

For the last ESL taking a trip writing task you need to use the following two descriptions of role-play situations and write what the people in each role play would say to each other. For each role-play you are told the place where it happens, what is happening and the people involved. When you have written your role-play you should try to perform it with some of your friends so you get experience of speaking and using the English.

Role-play 1

  • Location: At an airport.
  • Situation: Waiting to board an airplane.
  • Participants: Two friends talking about what they will do on their trip.

Role-play 2

  • Location: At home.
  • Situation: A family is planning where they will go for their next trip.
  • Participants: Parents and children.


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