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"hit the road" = start to travel

"It's getting late. Let's hit the road before it gets dark. I don't like driving at night."

"off the beaten path" = an area that people usually don't visit

"When the bus stops in the next city, I want to take you to a restaurant off the beaten path. The food is great."

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Bus Trip
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling by bus on a trip over flying or driving?

HELPFUL TIP: There are many ways to see a country: by plane, by bus, and by car. Review travel guide books and visit quality Web sites to see the best option for you.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the telephone message by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Why was the bus late?
A. The bus was involved in an accident.
B. Traffic on the highway was terrible.
C. The bus driver got sick and had to rest.

2. The man grew up in ___________.
A. New York City
B. Texas
C. Nevada

3. The woman wants to go to ________ on her trip.
A. Las Vegas
B. Miami
C. Chicago

4. The woman realizes that _______________.
A. she and the man are distant cousins
B. the bus isn't going to her destination
C. the bus driver isn't paying attention to the road

5. The bus is going to make its next stop in _______ hours.
A. one
B. two
C. three

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
How do most people travel on vacation within your country? Are there reasons why people choose one form of transportation over another? What is the best way to travel if you want to meet new people?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Imagine you want to travel from Los Angeles to New York,and you are interested in seeing as much of the country as possible. Which form of transportation would be best for you: plane, bus, rental car, or train? Use the Internet to collect information on cost, convenience, possible routes, and time, for each of these methods from these Web sites or others you might know:

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