Vacation Disasters

General English, Speaking Lessons
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
ESL classroom with students discussing travel problems for a vacation-themed lesson plan, featuring a chalkboard with key topics and travel-inspired decor.

Lesson Description

I’ve gotten myself into a pickle! In this lesson, students will discuss the problems that one might run into while traveling on vacation. Students will give examples of different situations that travelers need to face and share their own experiences. This lesson features a video about a trip to Cuba. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the topic of problems while traveling on vacation

  • To learn and practice new vocabulary words relating to the topic


Have you ever experienced a disaster like getting robbed while on vacation? Watch this video to hear about a travel story to Cuba that went downhill. But remember, don’t let one bad experience change your perspective on people

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

get oneself into a pickle [idiom]: be in a difficult position
crime [noun]: an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government
rob [verb]: take something from (someone) by force or threat of violence; steal from
set foot in somewhere [idiom]: enter; go into
stuck in time [adjective]: be unchanged or unchanging from a time in the past
miserable [adjective]: unhappy or depressed
attend to [phrasal verb]: manage or take care of something or someone
precarious [adjective]: uncertain or unpredictable
lose one’s spirit [idiom]: lose one’s energy or hope
lose one’s head [idiom]: lose self-control; panic
get a grip on oneself [idiom]: get control of your thoughts and emotions and stop behaving in a foolish or uncontrolled way
bundle of nerves [noun phrase]: someone who is extremely anxious or tense
have the nerve [idiom]: have the will to do something bold or daring
get on one’s nerves [idiom]: annoy or irritate someone
go easy on oneself [idiom]: treat someone in a gentle way
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