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After two days in Florence, Italy, I had already met some fascinating people. When you are with a companion it’s easy to focus on that person and forg...

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After two days in Florence, Italy, I had already met some fascinating people. When you are with a companion it’s easy to focus on that person and forget about meeting Europeans and other travellers. Without the comfortable crutch of a friend, you are more likely to know the joys of self-discovery and the pleasures found in the kindness of strangers. You will be exploring yourself as well as a new country and culture. Solo travel gives you complete freedom and independence. You can decide where to go, how far to travel, how much to spend and when to call it a day. Of course, there are downsides to travelling alone. Accommodation typically costs more because you are not splitting the bill and you may be more vulnerable to theft, but the biggest struggle is loneliness. If you don’t feel comfortable travelling alone, consider joining a tour. With a tour, all of your hotel rooms are reserved, a guide plans most of your activities and other tour members keep you company. I have talked to too many people who put off their travel dreams because they don’t want to do it alone: don’t delay – just go! Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/sc-trav-0511-steves-20100511,0,6913270.story. Excerpt from a story by Rick Steves, edited by Emma Clayton.

After two days in Florence, Italy, I had already met some fascinating people. When you are with a companion it’s easy to focus on that person and forget about meeting Europeans and other travellers. Without the comfortable crutch of a friend, you are more likely to know the joys of self-discovery and the pleasures found in the kindness of strangers. You will be exploring yourself as well as a new country and culture. Solo travel gives you complete freedom and independence. You can decide where to go, how far to travel, how much to spend and when to call it a day. Of course, there are downsides to travelling alone. Accommodation typically costs more because you are not splitting the bill and you may be more vulnerable to theft, but the biggest struggle is loneliness. If you don’t feel comfortable travelling alone, consider joining a tour. With a tour, all of your hotel rooms are reserved, a guide plans most of your activities and other tour members keep you company. I have talked to too many people who put off their travel dreams because they don’t want to do it alone: don’t delay – just go! Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/sc-trav-0511-steves-20100511,0,6913270.story. Excerpt from a story by Rick Steves, edited by Emma Clayton.

1. Many people are afraid to travel alone but it can be a rewarding experience. True/False

2. People do not learn things about themselves when they travel. True/False

3. The author thinks it is better to stay home than to travel without friends. True/False

Worksheet created by Emma Clayton.

1. Many people are afraid to travel alone but it can be a rewarding experience. True/False

2. People do not learn things about themselves when they travel. True/False

3. The author thinks it is better to stay home than to travel without friends. True/False

Worksheet created by Emma Clayton.

1. What did the author do in Florence? 1. he ate lots of gelato 2. he met fascinating people 3. he rode in a taxi 2. According to the author, which of the following can you enjoy when you travel solo: 1. self-discovery 2. self-confidence 3. self-reliance 3. Which of the following best describes the decisions you can make when you travel solo: 1. where to go, how much to spend, when to rest 2. where to go, how much to sleep, when to rest 3. where to go, how much to spend, when to eat 4. Which of the following is something negative about traveling solo: 1. more expensive food 2. more expensive hotel rooms 3. more expensive airfare 5. Which of the following is an advantage of joining a tour: 1. not being alone 2. not being hungry 3. not being tired 6. Generally speaking, what does the author think people should do? 1. decide to travel by themselves 2. find a tour group to join 3. follow their travel dreams

Worksheet created by Emma Clayton.

Fill in the blanks using the words in the box.

loneliness

crutch

independence

self-discovery vulnerable

fascinating freedom

The author met many _________________ people while travelling in Italy. He thinks that when people travel with a friend, they use their friend as a _________________ and don’t meet any new people as a result. The author believes that _________________is an important reason to travel solo. When he travels solo, the author has the _________________to do and see whatever he wants. The author believes that travelling solo increases a person’s _________________. Sometimes travelling solo isn’t fun. People can feel _________________ and experience _________________ when they are travelling alone.

Worksheet created by Emma Clayton.

1. Many people are afraid to travel alone but it can be a rewarding experience. True/False

2. People do not learn things about themselves when they travel. True/False

3. The author thinks it is better to stay home than to travel without friends. True/False

Worksheet created by Emma Clayton.

1. What did the author do in Florence? 1. he ate lots of gelato 2. he met fascinating people 3. he rode in a taxi 2. According to the author, which of the following can you enjoy when you travel solo: 1. self-discovery 2. self-confidence 3. self-reliance 3. Which of the following best describes the decisions you can make when you travel solo: 1. where to go, how much to spend, when to rest 2. where to go, how much to sleep, when to rest 3. where to go, how much to spend, when to eat 4. Which of the following is something negative about traveling solo: 1. more expensive food 2. more expensive hotel rooms 3. more expensive airfare 5. Which of the following is an advantage of joining a tour: 1. not being alone 2. not being hungry 3. not being tired 6. Generally speaking, what does the author think people should do? 1. decide to travel by themselves 2. find a tour group to join 3. follow their travel dreams

Worksheet created by Emma Clayton.

Fill in the blanks using the words in the box.

loneliness

crutch

independence

self-discovery vulnerable

fascinating freedom

The author met many fascinating people while travelling in Italy. He thinks that when people travel with a friend, they use their friend as a crutch and don’t meet any new people as a result. The author believes that self-discovery is an important reason to travel solo. When he travels solo, the author has the freedom to do and see whatever he wants. The author believes that travelling solo increases a person’s independence. Sometimes travelling solo isn’t fun. People can feel vulnerable and experience loneliness when they are travelling alone.

Worksheet created by Emma Clayton.

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