Practice Listening English Exercises for A2 – Travel

Getting Ready

Which of these have ever happened to you on vacation? Check (✓) your answers and compare them with a partner.



You missed a flight.

Someone stole your money.

You lost your wallet.

You lost your passport.

Your bags didn’t arrive.

You got sick.

You ran out of money

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your own answers

Listening 1

Emily is talking about her vacation. Listen and number the pictures.


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a 5   b 1   c 6   d 2   e 4   f 3


A:  So, how was your trip to Maui, Emily?

B:  Oh, pretty good, mostly.

A:  Mostly?

B:  Yeah, it started off okay. I did all the usual things. You know, I went snorkeling right off the shore next to hotel. The fish were beautiful!

A:  I know, I love snorkeling!

B:  Then I saw a hula dance – you know – traditional Hawaiian dancing.

A:  Sounds great.

B:  Anyway. On second day, I decided to rent a car. I wanted to see some other sights on the island.

A:  Were you on your own?

B:  Uh-huh. So first I drove all the way up to the top of the volcano. I stopped to take some photos on the way. And I got some great shots of the volcano. The next day, I decided to drive all the way to Hana.

A: Hana?

B: Yeah. It’s on the other side of the island. There are some spectacular waterfalls on the way. It’s really beautiful. But it’s a really long ride. Unfortunately, when I was about halfway there, I had a slight accident.

A: Oh, no. Were you hurt?

B: No, but it was awful. I had to leave the car and take a taxi all the way back to the hotel. It cost me an arm and a leg!

A: Oh, no. What a vacation!

Listening 2

Task 1

People are calling home while they are on vacation. Listen and check (✓) the word that describes each person.

1) Jill




2) Sean




3) John




4) Rachel




5) Mary




6) Meg




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1) excited   2) happy   3) worried

4) sick   5) upset   6) pleased

Task 2

Listen again. Why does each person call? Circle the correct answer.

1) Jill ________

a has met someone interesting

b was in a dangerous situation

 c  wants to ask a favor

2) Sean ________

a isn’t having a good time

b has some news

 c  needs money

3) John ________

a lost his wallet

b lost his ticket

 c  will be coming back on time

4) Rachel ________

a has good news

b needs help

 c  told her friend about a health problem

5) Mary ________

a lost her glasses

b was in an accident

 c  has bad news

6) Meg ________

a is coming home earlier

b is taking a different flight

 c  doesn’t have anything to do

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1) a   2) c   3) a   4) c   5) c   6) b



Hi, Mom. This is Jill. Just calling to say hello. I’m having a wonderful time. Last week I met this really nice lady. We are getting along so well. She is a teacher here. She loves it and says maybe I could teach here someday! Anyway, what do you think? I’ll call back later. Bye.


Hi, Mom. Hi, Dad. This is Sean. I’m having a terrific time, but I’m not relaxing much. The weather is great so I’m always busy doing something. Things are really expensive in Hawaii – the hotel, the clothes, the food, everything – and I’m completely out of money. So can you send me some money as soon as possible? Thanks. Love you. Bye.


Mom. This is John. Listen. I’m going to be back a day late. Traffic to the airport this morning was terrible. By the time I arrived, plane had left. I also lost wallet in the rush. It has all credit cards in it. And the airline won’t help me. I’m not sure what to do. I’ll call you later. Bye.


Oh, Bob. This is Rachel. Sorry I missed your call last night. I went out for dinner and today I’ve got a terrible stomachache. It must be something I ate. Anyway, I’m going to see the doctor. Don’t worry – I’m sure I’ll be fine. Talk to you soon.


Hi, Dad. This is Mary calling from Paris. Sorry I missed you. I went on a bus tour this morning and dropped camera somewhere. I can’t find it. It has all of photos of me and Julie on it. And even photos from home. I don’t know what to do about it. Can you call me back as soon as you get this message?


Hi, Mom. This is Meg calling. Listen. I won’t be home tomorrow night. They changed flight and there’s no flight tomorrow. So, uh, I’ll be home on Friday. Don’t worry about me! I’m excited because I can do a few more things here in Hong Kong. See you soon.

Listening 3

Task 1

People are describing travel experiences. Is each statement true or false? Listen and check (✓) the correct answer.




a She was eating in a Korean restaurant.

b She asked the woman to help her.

     c The woman invited her to join the family at their table.

     d She hasn’t been in touch with the woman since then.


a She was traveling by train in Italy.

b Her wallet was in one of her bags.

     c Someone stole one of her bags.

     d The person didn’t steal the wallet.


a He had extra clothes with him.

b The airline did nothing to help.

     c His bags arrived four days later.

     d His bags had important things inside them.


a She got sick with food poisoning in Australia.

b She was only sick for two days.

     c She knew someone in Sydney.

     d She went sightseeing for three days.

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1) True, False, True, False

2) False, True, False, True

3) False, False, True, True

4) False, False, True, True

Task 2

Listen again. Why does each person want to go back again? Write the correct letter.

1) Chelsea ____

2) Brooke ____

3) Steve ____

4) Rachel ____

a He wants to listen to the traditional music.

b She wants to see a temple.

c She wants to see the museums she missed.

d She wants to scuba dive.

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1) b   2) c   3) a   4) d



I met this really nice family when I was in Korea last year. I was in a restaurant, and I was having trouble understanding the menu. The wife came over and asked me what I wanted to eat and told me all about Korean food. Then they asked me to join them at their table, and they paid for dinner. They also invited me to their house. We became friends, and we keep in touch now by e-mail. They’ll take me to a famous temple the next time I go back. Isn’t that fabulous? I can’t wait to see that temple!


Once when I was in Italy, I took a bus trip from Rome to Florence. The bus was very crowded, and I had to stand most of the way. I had a couple of small bags with me. One was a backpack that had wallet in it. I kept it in front of me for the entire trip. But when I got to Florence, I couldn’t believe what had happened! Someone had cut a hole in backpack, put in their hand, and removed wallet. Then they took the money out and put the wallet back inside backpack. I never noticed a thing! It really ruined vacation because I couldn’t pay to get into any museums. So now I want to go back again next summer and see all the museums I missed.


Last summer, I flew from London to Casablanca in Morocco to do some research on the traditional music there. Unfortunately, bags didn’t arrive with the flight. I thought they would probably arrive on the next flight, but they didn’t. I had nothing to wear except the clothes I had on. Luckily the airline gave me some money to buy some extra clothes and things. The bags didn’t turn up till four days later. I was really glad to get bags back because I had a lot of important stuff inside them. But I had to wait around until they turned up, so I didn’t get a chance to listen to any of the traditional music. That’s why I want to get back there again sometime.


I was on vacation in Australia last summer when I got a terrible case of the flu. I had to stay in bed for four days and it was a week before I was feeling well enough to go out. I have a cousin in Sydney who was really kind and spent a lot of time with me until I was better. By then, I only had three days of sightseeing left before I had to leave. I saw the Sydney Opera House, and that was about it. The most awful thing is I didn’t have the chance to go scuba diving. I want to go back and scuba dive there. They have the best coral reefs in the world.

Conversation Corner: Describing a vacation

Task 1

Listen to the conversation. Write the missing words.

A: Hi, Jen. ______ ______ your trip?

B: It was great! I had a wonderful time.

A: _____ ____ the food?

B: It was good! I ate a lot!

A: How ______ ______ ______ there?

B: It was beautiful the whole time I was there.

A: So what was the best thing ______ ______ ______?

B: The beaches!

Task 2

Practice the conversation with a partner. Be sure to reduce was.

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A: Hi, Jen. Howwas your trip?

B: It was great! I had a wonderful time.

A: Howwas the food?

B: It was good! I ate a lot!

A: How was the weather there?

B: It was beautiful the whole time I was there.

A: So what was the best thing about your trip ?

B: The beaches!

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