If you’ve already learnt the Free-Time Activities idioms and if you’ve practised answering as many questions as possible related to this field, then it’s time for more idioms. Although travel and holidays also mean ways of spending your free time,  the purpose of this new list of idioms  is to help students activate the necessary vocabulary before and during the exam with very little or no effort at all. The list also helps English teachers that prepare students for exams such as FCE, CAE, CPE or IELTS to create different games that  could be used as warm-up activities.

Questions that students could answer using these idioms:

  • Have you travelled recently? Where did you go and why?
  • What kind of holiday do you like? Why?
  • How do you usually travel to your holiday destinations and why?
  • What is your favourite way of travelling and why?
  • Where would you like to go for your next holiday?
  • Where do you usually go on summer/winter holidays?

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Idioms for Speaking and Informal Writing – Travel and Holidays


Idioms for Speaking and Informal Writing 1: Free-Time Activities



Speaking Part 1 – FCE, CAE, IELTS. Most common topics – Free-Time Activities (sports, hobbies, friendship, music, films, parties), Home Life, Family, Travel and Holidays, Ambitions and Future Plans (school, job, business, future career), Health (food and diet, exercise), Likes and Dislikes,  Fashion, Clothes and Appearance…these are the most common topics and there’s a wide variety of questions related to them that you could be asked in any of these exams.

Idioms do make the difference between natives and non-natives and it’s sometimes not that easy to use them naturally when your mother tongue is not English. Still, using them a lot in your speaking preparation sessions before the exam (and in a quite controlled way, you’ll see what I mean) would actually help you reactivate them on the exam day and use them…naturally.

All you have to do is have your lists of idioms in front of you when you answer different questions on the same topic and try to include them in your speech, even if that means adapting the answer so that you could use as many idioms as possible (this is the controlled way and it may seem awkward to you, at least for a while.But, keep in mind-you won’t have these idioms in front of your eyes on the big day so, obviously, you won’t be using as many as on those practice days, just those that you will activate naturally as part of your response to the question).

So, if the topic is Travel, there could be questions related to your past, future and ideal trips, journeys and holidays, the way you like to travel, accommodation, places you go to, means of transport…Since there’s a list for that, feel free to use it.

Now, talking about writing, all the topics I’ve mentioned above could be met in an informal letter (FCE, CAE), an article (FCE) or a Review (FCE, CAE). Again, idioms will improve the quality of your informal language.

You can improve your English with more items of idiomatic language, so download, print and use this list of Idioms for Speaking and Informal Writing – Free-Time Activities

 Well, this just another resource  designed to boost your confidence so that you could say Yes To Exams!