In this free English speaking lesson, you will learn different ways of speaking about a bad travel experience you may have had. Often, we use words like ‘bad’, ‘terrible’ and ‘horrible’ to describe our travel experience. Now, let’s look at some English phrases we could use to talk about the bad travel experience.
“MY FLIGHT WAS OVERBOOKED, AND I GOT BUMPED TO A LATER ONE.”
A “flight” is a trip by aeroplane. If the flight is “overbooked,” it means that the airline sold too many tickets, and there is not enough space on the plane for all the people who have purchased tickets. This means that some people will get “bumped” to a later flight – they can’t go on the flight at the original time and have to wait for a different flight later.
RECOVER FROM THE JET LAG.”
“Jet lag” is when you travel to a different time zone, and your body’s “clock” is different from the local time. This makes you wake up too early or feel tired in the middle of the day, for example. Depending on the time difference, it can take several days for your body to adjust to the new time zone. We can also use the word as an adjective: “I’m jet-lagged.”
“MY HOTEL WAS IN A REALLY SEEDY AREA.”
A “seedy” area is a place that looks dirty, disorganized, and possibly dangerous.
“I WAS MUGGED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT!”
If you were mugged, it means that a robber (or thief) stole valuable things from you, such as your wallet, cell phone, purse or bag, or jewelry while you were on the street or in another public place. In broad daylight” means that the event happened during the daytime and was clearly visible.
Mugging may be with or without violence. If a weapon was used, we often say “mugged at knifepoint” or “mugged at gunpoint.” (Alternatively, you can say “robbed at knifepoint” or “robbed at gunpoint.”)
“WE FORGOT TO BRING BUG SPRAY AND GOT COMPLETELY BITTEN UP.”
“Bug spray” (also called “bug repellent” or “insect repellent”) is a chemical product you can apply to your skin to keep insects away. If you got “bitten up,” it means you got lots of bites by mosquitoes or other insects.
“I ENDED UP WITH HUGE BLISTERS AFTER WALKING.”
“Blisters” are pockets under your skin filled with fluid. People often get blisters on their feet after walking, running, or hiking for a long time. You can also get blisters if your shoes don’t fit well. The phrasal verb “ended up” is used to describe the final result of something.
“SOMETHING I ATE DIDN’T AGREE WITH ME, AND I GOT THE RUNS.”
If you say that a food “didn’t agree with you,” it means that it made you a little bit sick. Your stomach felt agitated and maybe you threw up (vomited) or got the runs (diarrhea).
“I HAD TO CATCH THE RED-EYE TO GET BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY MORNING.”
A “red-eye” is a flight that leaves very late at night and arrives early the next morning. It is called a “redeye” because you can’t sleep very well on the plane, so you usually arrive tired, with your eyes red and irritated from lack of sleep!