- unthinkable /un-THING-kuh-buhl/
- on the road /on thuh rohd/
- itinerary /ahy-TIN-uh-RER-ee/
- hit it off /hit it of/
- understatement /uhn-der-STEYT-muhnt/
[adjective] – something that is very unlikely or undesirable
It’s unthinkable for a child his age to learn how to speak a foreign language so fluently.
[phrasal noun] – when you are on the road, you are driving or travelling, usually over a long distance
Good and humorous conversations on the road help pass the time.
[noun] – a detailed plan or route of a journey
Kindly send the itinerary of our business trip via email.
[idiom] – be naturally friendly or well-suited
The foreign students hit it off with the locals, making immediate friends.
[noun] – a statement that something is much smaller, much less important, or much less serious than it really is
To say that the movie was bad is an understatement. It was horrible.
Burton, 32, from Iowa, United States, was supposed to go to Japan with a friend, but the country has banned travels from the U.S. His friend also decided to back out, so Burton began searching for countries that don’t require a negative test result and where Americans are still free to enter. He came upon Turkey and chose Istanbul as his new travel destination. But he had another problem to deal with; a travel buddy.
Burton turned to a Facebook group dedicated for travelers who want to save money on the road. “I didn’t really want to travel alone, so I posted a message in the Facebook group that if anyone’s interested in coming or meeting up, or who will be in Turkey at the same time, to let me know,” he said. Rocca, a 36-year-old from Denver, responded to him as soon as possible. Through private messages, they exchanged information about their travel styles and the itinerary and from there, Rocca booked the same flight to Turkey.
From their first meeting at the check-in counter to exploring their planned destinations in the itinerary, the pair hit it off immediately and wasted no time in enjoying the time they had together as new friends. From September 5 to 12, Burton and Rocca visited almost every tourist attraction in Istanbul, such as Taskim Square, Hagia Sophia, and even a Bosporus Cruise. They also flew to Cappadocia in central Turkey renowned for its strange landscape structures.
To say that they enjoyed their trip is an understatement. Rocca described it as something that exceeded her expectation, and formed a great friendship with Burton. Aside from this unique bond, what else did they gain from traveling together as strangers? “In fact, we have even discussed setting up a business together to help others find great deals and travel buddies. We’re going to name it Vacation Pursuit. So, watch this space!”, Burton said.
- What was Burton’s original travel destination?
- What did Burton do to find a travel buddy?
- After their travels, what did Burton and Rocca discuss together?
- According to the article, why was Burton not able to travel to Japan?
- Where did Burton and Rocca exchange information about their travel?
- If you were Burton, would you have done the same thing? Why or why not?
- How can you make sure that the stranger you are traveling with can be trusted?
- “A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.” What is your opinion about this?
- Have you ever made a friend while travelling? If yes, please tell me more. If not, would you befriend a stranger while on the road? Why or why not?
- How do you maintain a good friendship?