Types of holiday
package holiday British English, vacation package American English noun [countable] a holiday organized by a company at a fixed price that includes the cost of travel, accommodation etc:
• Airports have been expanding to cope with the numbers of people going on package holidays.
package tour (also tour American English) noun [countable] a holiday organized by a company at a fixed price, which includes visits to a number of different places, travel to the starting point of the holiday and all travel during it, accommodation etc:
• Package tours to Southeast Asia are increasingly popular.
fly-drive holiday noun [countable] British English a holiday arranged at a fixed price that includes your flight to a place, a car to drive while you are there, and accommodation
house exchange noun [countable] a holiday in which two people or families go and stay in each other's houses
tour noun [countable] a journey for pleasure, during which you visit several different towns, areas etc:
• an escorted tour of the Holy Land
family holiday British English, vacation American English noun [countable] a holiday in which parents and children go somewhere together:
• It's the perfect spot for a family holiday.
skiing/walking/cycling etc holiday British English, ski/hiking/bike etc trip American English noun [countable] a holiday in which you spend a lot of time skiing, walking, cycling etc:
• Skiing holidays will be cheaper than ever this year.
cruise noun [countable] a holiday on a large ship, usually visiting different places for a short while:
• She was taken ill while on a Caribbean cruise.
safari noun [countable] a trip to see or hunt wild animals, especially in Africa:
• They spent two days on safari while they were there.
• a photo safari (=a trip to take photographs of wild animals)
backpacking noun [uncountable] the activity of travelling for pleasure, usually without very much money, carrying your things in a large bag on your back:
• The flexibility of backpacking has a lot to recommend it.
backpacker noun [countable]
camping noun [uncountable] the activity of taking a holiday in which you stay in a tent
camper noun [countable]
caravanning noun [uncountable] British English a holiday in which you take a caravan (=a vehicle you can live in) with you and sleep in it while you are away
caravanner noun [countable]
working holiday British English, working vacation/volunteer vacation American English noun [countable] a holiday in which you do some work, either your normal type of work or a different kind such as farm work or work to protect nature:
• Volunteers come from all over the world to the nature reserve on working holidays.
adventure holiday British English, adventure vacation American English noun [countable] a holiday in which you spend all your time outdoors, doing something such as travel in a wild area of a country or cycle across a desert
activity holiday British English noun [countable] a holiday in which you do one or more activities, usually outdoors, for example canoeing, horse-riding or archery:
• The Centre provides outdoor activity holidays for children with special needs.
mass tourism noun [uncountable] the taking of holidays by many people, especially in foreign countries:
• Mass tourism must inevitably destroy much of the existing culture.
domestic tourism noun [uncountable] the taking of holidays by people in their own country
international tourism noun [uncountable] the taking of holidays in foreign countries:
• International tourism is responsible for an increasing number of plane journeys every year.
cultural tourism noun [uncountable] holidays taken in order to visit culturally interesting places or cultural events
ecotourism noun [uncountable] holidays to natural areas such as rain forests in which people can visit and learn about the area in a way that will not damage the environment:
• Mexico's government has been trying to promote ecotourism in the area.
sustainable tourism noun [uncountable] the taking of holidays without causing damage to the environment, for example by not flying to places:
• Another area where a policy of sustainable tourism is to be welcomed is the Himalayas.
agritourism (also farm tourism) noun [uncountable] holidays in which people stay on farms
sports tourism noun [uncountable] holidays taken in order to play sports
space tourism noun [uncountable] holidays that consists of a journey into space on a spacecraft
health tourism noun [uncountable] a) travel to a foreign country in order to receive cheap or free medical treatment b) holidays that involve taking part in sports activities or doing things such as having beauty treatment
e-tourism/armchair tourism/virtual tourism noun [uncountable] the activity of finding out what places are like by using the Internet
How to speak about advantages
The great advantage of … is that
The advantage of … is that
One of the big advantages of this type of .. is that it …
The … has the advantage of being one of the …
This (what?) gives a distinct advantage over (=an obvious advantage compared to) (what?).
Despite a few problems with the…, the …'s advantages clearly outweigh its disadvantages. (=the problems are not enough to)
One of the good points about the … is that it is ...
Each … has its good and bad points.
How to speak about disadvantages
The main disadvantage of this … is its ….
These … have … serious disadvantages. Firstly, they are not …, and secondly, they are expensive to make.
A major disadvantage of … is that they ….
The major drawback of this … is that it can be ….
… is very … and also very …. Its main drawback is that it ….
Summer in the Scottish islands can be beautiful. The only drawback is the weather, which can be very changeable.
What you say when emphasizing that something is important
I would like to stress that …
It should be noted that …
It is worth bearing in mind that …
In my opinion/in my view (used when giving your opinion about something)
I think that (used when giving your opinion about something)
It seems to me that (used when saying that you think that something is probably true)
I believe that (used about strongly held beliefs, for example about moral issues)
What you say when giving reasons for something
in order to
as a result of
due to/owing to
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