Verbs associated with travel and adventure:

accompany (accompanies, accompanying, accompanied)
VERB If you accompany someone, you go somewhere with them.
■ Ken agreed to accompany me on a trip to Africa.
■ The Prime Minister, accompanied by the governor, led the President up to the house.

encounter (encounters, encountering, encountered)
VERB If you encounter problems or difficulties, you experience them.
■ Everyday of our lives we encounter stresses of one kind or another.
■ Environmental problems they found in Poland were among the worst they encountered.

overcome (overcomes, overcoming, overcame)
VERB If you overcome a problem or a feeling, you successfully deal with it and control it.
■ Molly had fought and overcome her fear of flying.
■ One way of helping children to overcome shyness is to boost their self-confidence.

reschedule (reschedules, rescheduling, rescheduled)
VERB If someone reschedules an event, they change the time at which it is supposed to happen.
■ Since I’ll be away, I’d like to reschedule the meeting.
■ [+ for] They’ve rescheduled the opening for February 14th.

seek (seeks, seeking, sought)
VERB If you seek something, you try to find it or obtain it.
■ Four people who sought refuge in the Italian embassy have left voluntarily.
■ [+ for] Candidates are urgently sought for the post of Conservative Party chairman.
■ Always seek professional legal advice before entering into any agreement.
■ [+ from] The couple have sought help from marriage guidance counsellors.

venture (ventures, venturing, ventured)
VERB If you venture somewhere, you go somewhere that might be dangerous.
[LITERARY] ■ People are afraid to venture out for fear of sniper attacks.

Nouns associated with travel and adventure:

challenge (challenges)
NOUN A challenge is something new and difficult which requires great effort and determination.
■ I like a big challenge and they don’t come much bigger than this.
■ The new government’s first challenge is the economy.

destination (destinations)
NOUN The destination of someone or something is the place to which they are going or being sent.
■Spain is still our most popular holiday destination.
■ Only half of the emergency supplies have reached their destination.

itinerary (itineraries)
NOUN An itinerary is a plan of a journey, including the route and the places that you will visit.
■ The next place on our itinerary was Silistra.

journey (journeys)
NOUN When you make a journey, you travel from one place to another.
■ [ + to ] There is an express service from Paris which completes the journey to Bordeaux in under 4 hours.

Adjectives to describe experiences:

ADJECTIVE If you describe something as dreary, you mean that it is dull and depressing.
■ a dreary little town in the Midwest

ADJECTIVE Intense is used to describe something that is very great or extreme in strength or degree.
■ He was sweating from the intense heat.
■ His threats become more intense, agitated, and frequent.

ADJECTIVE A pivotal role, point, or figure in something is one that is very important and affects the success of that thing.
■ The Court of Appeal has a pivotal role in the English legal system.
■ The elections may prove to be pivotal in Colombia’s political history.

ADJECTIVE You use profound to emphasize that something is very great or intense.
■ discoveries which had a profound effect on many areas of medicine
■ The overwhelming feeling is just deep, profound shock and anger.
■ Anna’s patriotism was profound.

ADJECTIVE If you describe something or someone as valuable, you mean that they are very useful and helpful.
■ Many of our teachers also have valuable academic links with Heidelberg University.
■ The experience was very valuable.

Track 04

Speaker 1: We had booked an excursion to the beach but chose to venture into the hills instead, hoping to see some of the local wildlife.

Speaker 2: Many young people in their twenties seek adventure; that’s why they come to places like Thailand and Jamaica.

Speaker 3: We looked all over the town and eventually found a local guide to accompany us to the nearest village.

Speaker 4: We won’t be back until the end of August. Because of the disturbances, we had to reschedule our journey for the following week.

Speaker 5: I think you’ll find your trip down the Amazon quite an adventure. You can expect to encounter some pretty strange insects in the rainforest.

Speaker 6: While backpacking around Thailand, I had to learn to overcome difficulties by myself. I can’t count the number of times I got lost!

  • excursion /ɪkˈskɜːʃn/ /ɪkˈskɜːrʒn/ a short journey made for pleasure, especially one that has been organized for a group of people
  • venture /ˈventʃə(r)/ /ˈventʃər/ a business project or activity, especially one that involves taking risks
  • accompany /əˈkʌmpəniaccompany somebody (formal) to travel or go somewhere with somebody; accompany something to happen or appear with something else; accompany somebody (at/on something) to play a musical instrument, especially a piano, while somebody else sings or plays the main tune

Track 05

I had the most amazing adventure last year. I spent an afternoon exploring the caves near my village with a group of friends. None of us had ever been caving before, so we went with my friend’s brother, who’s been doing it for ages. He supplied all the equipment and showed us what to do and how to stay safe.

The route down into the earth was really narrow in places. It was quite an intense experience. At one point, I was completely wedged in between two sheets of rock. It was a struggle to stay calm. Eventually I was able to work my way free and continue the journey.

After what seemed like ages the tunnel opened up into this huge space underground. It was damp and pitch black – full of echoes and other strange noises. I could hear something flapping but I couldn’t see what it was. We had to tread carefully and hang onto each other as the ground was very uneven and there were pools of water all over the place, goodness knows how deep. We slowly worked our way around and back out the way we came in.

I suppose I chose to go on this adventure because I needed a challenge. I tend to get nervous in small spaces, so this was an opportunity to try to overcome my fears. Also, this was the last summer we were going to be together before heading off to university, so it was good to do something special, something memorable.

I felt really proud of myself at the end of it. It was a valuable experience. I learned that it’s really liberating to face your fears. It also confirmed something that I suppose I’ve always known: friendship is priceless! There’s no way I could have done it on my own.

  • damp /dæmp(damper, dampest) slightly wet, often in a way that is unpleasant
  • struggle /ˈstrʌɡl/  to try very hard to do something when it is difficult or when there are a lot of problems
  • liberate /ˈlɪbəreɪtliberate somebody/something (from somebody / something) to free a country or a person from the control of somebody else; liberate somebody (from something) to free somebody from something that restricts their control