The benefits of traveling...
Breck is from London, the United Kingdom with a classic British English accent. He is well-travelled and his English teaching strengths are that he is patient with students and highly approachable. He teaches a wide range of students of all ages and levels, tailoring each lesson to suit his students’ needs and interests. Breck is a fully qualified ESL teacher currently teaching in Indonesia and strives to help his students reach their goals. His classroom has great energy and students always leave with a smile on their face!
Many people in the world travel, I am one of those people. Since I started traveling it has changed many things about me and I have learned a lot. I think there any many benefits to visiting different countries and that all people should at least try it.
Here is a short list of things I think are most important about visiting new places.
Diversity: We are all different, and the same! Meeting people from different countries is interesting and you can learn lots from their cultures and way of doing things. Whether some tasks are done in a more complicated way than you’re used to or a simplified way.
Landscapes: Many places are beautiful in the world, seeing pictures of these places is all good and well but will never really be the same as experiencing it for yourself. Along with this, you will see things that grab your attention, unlike any photo can.
Cuisines: There is nothing like your favourite home-cooked food, that much is true. However, finding new recipes and food that you have never tried before is great. As you visit different countries you can try the local favourites, sometimes you don’t even know what you have ordered! But that’s half the fun.
This is a short explanation of my view of travelling and it’s just scratching the surface. With the current situation in the world it is a good time to start making travel plans for the future. You can begin by looking at different locations you might want to visit in perhaps a years time from now. Would you like to stay in the same place and have a relaxed trip? Or after a few days take a train or boat to the next location? The options are unlimited and there are many ways to spend your time and enjoy yourself.
When we are making plans for the future we will be using the future tense for this.
For example: I will go to Brazil next year.
Do you know which word in this sentence lets us know that the future tense is being used?
The word is ‘will’, this is used to create the simple future tense and the sentence form goes like this:
(Subject) ‘I/He/You’ + will + base verb + object
I will go to the supermarket.
(Subject) ‘I/He/You’ + will not / won’t + base verb + object
I will not go to the supermarket.
Will + Subject + base verb + object?
Will you go to the supermarket?
This night couldn’t possibly get any worse… “Famous last words,” I whisper to myself. It’s freezing. None of us had time to grab a jacket on our way out of the house. Especially not with people shooting at us. I have no idea if my wife was able to call 911, but it looks like she evaded those two guys for the time being. The fact that I caused a distraction and pointed them in my own direction is what I would call going the extra mile. She is my everything.
I crouch behind the barn and see their flashlights sweep over the snowy landscape looking for me. Unfortunately, this leaves me at a fork in the road. What is my next step? I can’t stay behind the barn forever. They are coming.
Suddenly another shot goes off in the house. I hear the one guy exclaim, “That wasn’t supposed to happen…” and they turn around to run back to the porch. I hope grandpa managed to get his own shotgun out of the safe. If so he is throwing himself under the bus. Look after yourself, old man!
More shouts from the house. I see two figures running towards the cars. One huge and the other clearly injured. The car spins sleet and snow in my general direction as it speeds off towards the main road in the dark. I get a split-second glimpse of a bloody face on the passenger side. It’s my mother-in-law!
“Find the woman! The first hostage is en route to the safe house. I cannot afford to lose another soldier!” the guy with the shotgun yells. The other jogs into the woods following my wife’s trail. Oh no… the guy is definitely on the right track. It will not take him long to find her. Military? Same here, pal. No time to think, I have to move. The man left on the patio is clearly in the driver’s seat. I prefer not meeting him face to face while unarmed.
As he goes back into the house- perhaps to tend to the injured soldier?- I jump over the fence behind the barn and into the woods. I have an idea where my wife is headed, but in this weather and low visibility, I honestly don’t know if she will be able to make it there safely.
My wife is not one to burn her bridges. Even if the other person was completely out of order, she forgives them. But she doesn’t forget. Luckily this will come in handy tonight. The man living on the neighboring farm is called Brad. They used to date when they were much younger but things didn’t work out well for them. Long story. Not important now. They used to read books in an old oak tree on his property. They even build a little treehouse. Brad even encouraged her to share the treehouse with me when we started dating. I have a strong suspicion that she thought this treehouse could be the light at the end of the tunnel for us tonight. I hope she makes it there. We haven’t eaten yet so she is running on fumes for sure. As I make my way silently towards the area the tree is in, I hear something. I stop. Listen. I see fresh footprints in the snow. My wife’s. So I was right. Unfortunately, the man is also following her. I see his gigantic footprints as well. I wait a few minutes for movement, but I can’t hear or see anything. Is he waiting me out, too? The tracks are slowly disappearing under the falling snow. I’m glad I know where I’m going. For him, it’ll be a bit harder to find her. She is a stubborn woman, the cold and rough terrain will not get her down. She likes to joke and say. “It’s my way or the highway.” I really hope that being such a strong-willed woman will help her get to the treehouse. I can’t wait any longer. If she is injured I need to find her as soon as possible. Get going.
I reach the treehouse around 10 minutes later. She isn’t here. Did he catch up with her and take her back to the house? The man on the porch said to find the woman. What else did he give the green light for? I shudder.
TO BE CONTINUED
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