In this intermediate-level ESL lesson, you will learn grammar, vocabulary, and phrases to talk about everyday English topics: an English conversation lesson to talk about past good and bad travel experiences.

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This ESL video lesson for daily English will help ESL students learn vocabulary, grammar, improve listening and be confident English speakers.

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My Time In Indonesia

ESL Discussion Questions


If you quit your job, what would you do?


If you could take a one-month holiday starting tomorrow, where would you go?


Do you like prefer to relax or adventure when you travel?


Are you willing to try ‘any’ local dishes when you travel? What are your limitations if any?


What kinds of activities do you like to do when you travel?


What are your best and worst travel memories (domestic or international)?

Watch, Read or Listen

ESL Video on Travel Experiences

Watch the following ESL YouTube video lesson to talk about travel experiences.

ESL Listening Practice

Watch the YouTube video and answer the following questions on Travel Experiences.


What did he decide one year ago?


What is the blog post about?


What was he surrounded by when he arrived?


What did he eat on the second day?


How was the bar that he went to?


How was his night?


Where did he enjoy the sun on the final day?


What was one of the most beautiful things he’s ever seen?

ESL Speaking Activity

Use the illustrations to talk about the passage and travel experiences.

Talk About Travel Experiences

Talk About Travel Experiences ESL

Talk About Travel Experiences ESL Lesson

Travel Experiences ESL Lesson

Travel Experiences ESL

Travel Experiences

ESL Vocabulary to talk about travel experiences

Word Bank

amazing | amount | awful | deal with | disappointed
especially | improve | intensity | local | popular
stressful | surprising | surrounded | thankfully
unfortunately | waste of time


Match the words on the left with the meanings on the right.

Food Cart

1. awful (adj)

A. make or become better

2. intensity (n)

B. to have an extra serving of food

3. stressful (adj)

C. to take action in order to achieve something or solve a problem

4. waste of time (n.phr)

D. extremely bad

5. to have seconds (exp)

E. to be everywhere around someone or something

6. surround (v)

F. sad or unhappy because something or someone was not as you were expecting

7. deal with (phr.v)

G. not worth the time spent to do something

8. especially (adv)

H. the quality of being felt strongly or having a very strong effect

9. improve (v)

I. more than usually; to a great extent

10. disappointed (adj)

J. causing mental or emotional stress

Hotel Room View

ESL Discussion

Discuss the following quotes about travel and life experiences.


“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

“It feels good to be lost in the right direction.”

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”


Discuss the following questions about travel and life experiences.

Passport for Travelling
  1. What are the best and worst ways to travel? (Plane, train, car, hitchhiking, etc.)
  2. Do you take time to enjoy the sunrise and sunset when you travel? How about in everyday life?
  3. Do you tend to eat a lot when you travel? Do you like street food?
  4. Do you go to bars or nightclubs when you travel? Why or why not?
  5. Have you ever had extremely memorable service (either good or bad)?

In Your Own Words

Explain what the word or phrase in bold means and give an example.

Example: She was exhausted because she worked until midnight.
Meaning: very tired - I’m exhausted because I stayed up and studied all night.


Arriving at the airport to be surrounded by taxi drivers was a little stressful.

Meaning /


I wasn’t interested in dealing with this kind of intensity.

Meaning /


It was so good that I had seconds.

Meaning /


Unfortunately, the whole night was a waste of time.

Meaning /


The music was awful.

Meaning /

Missing Words

Watch the video again and complete the sentences.


One year ago, I decided to ___________________ 1 and travel the world.

This week’s blog post is about my time in Indonesia.

Day 1: Arriving at the airport to be surrounded by taxi drivers was a little _____________ 2. I was tired from my flight, and I wasn’t interested in dealing with this kind of ________________ 3. Thankfully, things improved when I arrived at my hotel. The staff was friendly, and the hotel was _________________ 4. The food especially was amazing!

Day 2: I walked around the _______________ 5 area in the morning and enjoyed looking in the interesting local stores. I ate some of the _______________ 6 street food that I’d heard about. It was so good that I had ____________________ 7.

Day 3: I spent the evening at a bar that was popular with tourists, but I was ___________________ 8. It was too expensive, and the music was awful. Later, I went to a club to dance, but the music was terrible. Unfortunately, the whole night was a ____________________9.

Day 4: It was a much better day. We went out on a fishing boat with some local people and _________________________ 10 enjoying the sun, enjoying some good company, and catching a surprising amount of fish! Later, I saw the sun set over the ocean, which was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen!


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