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10 Travel Phrasal Verbs

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Travel Phrasal Verbs

There are thousands of phrasal verbs. Knowing where to begin can be overwhelming! When you are traveling, you are likely to hear these 10 common phrasal verbs used. They are presented here in context because learning new words and expressions in context is the best way to remember them. It also helps you use them correctly. 

Can you understand the meaning of these travel phrasal verbs based on context?

  1. Check in – The first thing you should do when you get to the airport is check in at the check-in counter.
  2. Check out – We need to check out of the hotel by noon.
  3. Check out – I really want to check out the local markets.
  4. Drop off – I’m going to drop you off at the airport 2 hours before your flight.
  5. Fill out – You must fill out a customs form when traveling internationally.
  6. Find out – I need to find out what time the gate closes.
  7. Get up – I like the aisle seat because I get up to use the bathroom and stretch frequently.
  8. Give up – The airline is looking for people to give up their seats in exchange for a voucher because the flight is overbooked.
  9. Pick up – My friend is going to pick me up from the airport.
  10. Take off – I always close my eyes during take off, but once we are in the air, I like looking out the window.
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Check your understanding below

  1. Check in = arrive and register at a hotel or airport
  2. Check out = pay hotel bill and return key before leaving (also the time you need to leave the hotel room is checkout time)
  3. Check out = to have a look at
  4. Drop off = take someone or something somewhere and then leave
  5. Fill out = to add information (your name, etc.) to the empty spaces of an official document
  6. Find out = to discover a fact or piece of information
  7. Get up = to stand up, to rise to one’s feet
  8. Give up = to allow someone to have something that was yours
  9. Pick up = to take passengers into a vehicle
  10. Take off = to become airborne, to take to the sky, to depart
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Discussion Questions

  1. What do you want the front desk staff to tell you about when you check in to a hotel?
  2. What kind of information do you usually try to find out about a place before you travel there?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of window and aisle seats? Which do you prefer and why?
  4. How do you feel about flying? What are your favorite and least favorite things about flying?
  5. When traveling somewhere new, what kind of attractions do you like to check out?

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