A: So what are you doing during the holidays? Any plans?
B: Yes! Actually I’m going on vacation. I’m going to Thailand for 2 weeks with my parents.
A: That’s great! Have you visited Thailand before?
B: I’ve been there a few times. But it will be the first time for my parents.
A: Ooh. How do they feel? I remember taking my parents with me to Mexico. It was a little stressful. Parents are not easy to travel with sometimes.
B: My dad is a nervous traveler but my mom is easy going. As long as they have Google translate and Google maps, they will be okay. We aren’t doing anything too crazy – Just relaxing on the beach for a week and then a few days visiting different cities.
A: That’s great. My parents aren’t so brave. They get nervous leaving the house. How are the beaches?
B: Beautiful. There are a lot more tourists than before but still breathtaking.
A: I can imagine.
B: The secret is to travel to the smaller towns. Most tourists don’t want to explore. If you drive an hour or two hours outside the big cities, it’s very quiet.
A: How about the food?
B: Spicy! I’m a little worried my parents won’t be able to eat the food. They both love seafood but they don’t really like chilies. Thai people love chilies on everything. . . So what about you? What’s your plan?
A: I think I will take it easy. We spent way too much money on our last vacation. So this time we will have a staycation. We will stay at home and do nothing.
B: Those are nice.
A: Yeah, probably we’ll go to some new restaurants and watch a few movies. Nothing special.
B: Great! Well have a good holiday.
A: You too. Good luck!
- nothing special – informal way to say no plans
Ex: What you doing? Nothing special, just watching tv at home.
- staycation – a vacation where you stay at your home.
Ex: This year we are having a staycation.
- stressful – something makes you feel stress
Ex: Work is stressful.
- can+ imagine – often used to show you agree
Ex: A. The food there is amazing. B. I can imagine
Ex: A. Beijing is very busy. B. I can imagine! There are so many people there.
- breathtaking – to take your breath away; used to describe something amazing or beautiful.
Ex: The view from the top of the mountain is beautiful.
- get+nervous – to feel nervous in a situation, we often use these too words together.
Ex: He gets nervous when he gives presentations, but, he is usually very calm.
- easy going – relaxed and calm, the opposite of nervous or tense
Ex: He is very easy-going, I’ve never seen him get worried about anything.