IELTS Travel & Tourism & Adventure Vocabulary : Useful Phrases & Expressions in IELTS Speaking

IELTS Travel & Adventure Vocabulary: Useful Phrases & Expressions In IELTS Speaking

Today I will share with you a wide range of IELTS travel vocabulary words to help you hike up your IELTS score on any IELTS Speaking question that has to do with travel & adventure in the Speaking section (Part 1, 2 or 3) on the IELTS test.

Useful Collocation and Expressions for IELTS Speaking – Topic : Travel

To get away : To escape, to go somewhere that is not your home. You can also use the noun “a getaway.”

Example: Last week, I had a great chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to visit an ancient village in the countryside.


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A thirst for adventure: strong desire for travelling/adventure

Get itchy feet: have a strong desire to travel

Example: I’ve always had a thirst for adventure and often get itchy feet so I decided to set out to a journey from the North to the South of Australia next month.

To find a gem: When you find a place where only locals go and other tourists don’t visit.

Example: Try to find a local guide when you visit a foreign country to successfully find a gem during your trip.

Arduous journey: difficult & tiring journey

Break the journey: stop for a short time during journey

Example: I had a arduous journey to the South of Vietnam last year. I thought I would break the journey somewhere but I finally did it all in one go.

Adventurous explorer: a traveler who is willing to do or try new and daring things

Have a stopover: Have a brief overnight stay in a place when on a long journey to somewhere else, usually by air

Example: I had a stopover in China on the way to Thailand, had a bit of a rest, and did the sights there before travelling on.

Low-cost airline: discount or budget airline

Put somebody on standby: make me wait to see if a seat become available

Example: Last week I got a flight on a low-cost airline to Paris. I then tried to get a flight to the UK but they were all full, so they put me on standby.

To take a red eye: To take a late night airline flight

Example: I had to take a red eye and now I’m exhausted.

Intrepid explorer: brave, with no fear of dangerous situations

Off the beaten track: An unusual route or destination

Example: My best friend is a intrepid traveler who has a real sense of adventure. He always love to set out on a journey off the beaten track

Unexplored wilderness

Example: I’m thirsty for a journey into unexplored wilderness and getting right off the beaten track.

To take the road less traveled: To do things differently and to think outside of the box.

Example: Adventurous travelers like to take the road less traveled when visiting a new country.

A real sense of adventure: the urge to explore beyond your daily surroundings and open yourself up to the adventure

To have wanderlust: To want to move around and see a lot of things around the world. To not want to stay in one place.

Example: I had a incurable case of wanderlust.

The first leg of the journey: the first segment of a journey; the first flight of a multi-flight trip.

Example: The first leg of the journey got me to the UK but it just gave me very little indication of what lay ahead.

Off the beaten track (path):  in a place where few people go; unusual route/destination

Example: Most young travellers make the effort to get off the tourist trail and look for off the beaten path destinations to experience the raw beauty of the country.

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Part 1 Sample Questions

  • Do you like to travel?
  • What kind of places have you visited in your life?
  • Which place would you really like to visit? Why?
  • What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?
  • Which form(s) of transport do you usually use?
  • What is the easiest way to get around your town/city?
  • Do people use public transport where you live?
  • Are there any problems with the public transport system in your town/city?
  • How do you prefer to travel on long journeys?
  • What is the most unusual method of transport you’ve ever used?
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Part 2 : Cue Card

Describe an interesting journey you have been on.

You should say :

  • where you went
  • how you travelled there
  • who you went with

and explain what was so memorable about the journey.

Part 3 Sample Questions

  • How important is it to have adventure in our lives?
  • What do people learn about themselves from having adventures?
  • How do you think people will travel in the future?
  • How easy is it to travel around your country?
  • Which method of travel do you consider safest?
  • Has travel become safer in recent years?
  • What are the pros and cons of low-cost air travel?
  • How do you think people will travel in the future?

Remember, the worst thing you could do on the IELTS is to sound like every other Band 6 student by using typical IELTS vocabulary.

Make sure you are using interesting and native vocabulary throughout the exam like the ones in today’s article.

Check out other IELTS Vocabulary lessons for different topics in the Speaking section (  EnvironmentAccommodation, Education, People (Personality & Appearance)SportsHoliday,  Relationship )

If you want to boost your IELTS score by polishing up your vocabulary, figure out the lesson: How To Boost Your Vocabulary Score In IELTS ?

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