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Travel Abroad

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Some people prefer home. They rarely leave the city or state where they were born and raised. They aren't very interested in exotic places or different cultures, so they travel abroad only once or twice in their lives. In fact, most US citizens don't even have a passport. But other people are the opposite. They love to travel abroad. They realize that travel to foreign countries has many benefits. So if you haven't thought about it before, here are some reasons to get on a plane sooner rather than later.

If you're young and have just finished university, travel provides the chance to learn about the world. Of course you faced challenges at school, such as getting a student loan or renting an apartment. But college isn't the real world. If there's a problem, for example, you can usually and easily get help from your parents. A mistake may have serious consequences, but it's easier to bounce back. You don't have children, a mortgage, and other responsibilities yet.

Overseas travel looks good on your resume too. There are many new challenges abroad. The society may have different rules and expectations. The society may also have a language barrier. You'll need to solve problems with initiative and resourcefulness. You may even have the chance to use your foreign language skills.

If you're in your thirties, forties, or even fifties, the challenges of travel overseas stimulate the brain. New problems require new skills. After many new experiences abroad, you'll feel refreshed and ready to face the pressures of work. On the other hand, if you spend two weeks at home without any challenges, you actually won't feel as recharged when you return to work.

If you're retired, you should still travel because you don't have a job to worry about. You also don't have children to take care of. This means you can take longer vacations. Instead of two weeks, you can stay two months or longer. You can take language lessons and try new hobbies unique to that country. The new experiences will keep your mind and body young. You'll also realize that there's still a lot to discover in the world.

So what are you waiting for? Make your reservations and get on a plane today!


Instructions:

Step 1: You will listen to an article about the benefits of travel. The article is about four and a half minutes long. Listen only, and don't worry about understanding everything.
Step 2: Read and understand the questions, then listen again. As you are listening, try to answer the questions in your head. Don't write the answers yet. Next, listen again and write the answers this time. Check your answers with a partner.
Step 3: Read the article. Check in your dictionary any unknown words. Now listen again. Can you understand more?
Step 4: Listen! Listen! Listen! Listen to the article on the train or in your free time. Each time you listen, you will slowly improve!


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