Make a list of points "Why do people travel" and expand on the issues.
Peter Smith had a real adventure in Zorapunga, and he enjoyed telling his friends about it. Although he had taken many trips all over the world, this was the first time he had crash-landed in the jungle or been rescued by native tribesmen. You don't have to travel to faraway places like Zorapunga to have an exciting trip; you only need to have a spirit of adventure. Travel can be a way of living out fantasies, of turning a bright dream into reality.
When Peter takes a trip he usually goes on his own instead of travelling with an organised tour. He likes the freedom of deciding where he will go, what he will do when he gets there, and how long he will stay. He enjoys exploring remote areas where there are no tourists. His idea of :travel is based on a desire to escape, at least temporarily, from all that is familiar. When he is in a foreign country, he is determined to participate and not to play the role of a passive observer. Perhaps that explains why Peter has had so many exciting and memorable experiences during his travels.
Along with the advantages, there are certain disadvantages in travelling alone. To some people, not experienced in travelling, a trip can be, and often is, a series of minor catastrophes and disappointments: failure to understand the language, being too ignorant of local customs to distinguish friendliness from hostility, not being able to ask for directions and not understanding them when they were offered, not being able to get a taxi, taking the wrong bus and getting off at the wrong place, being stared at, eating unfamiliar food, and spending sleepless nights in unfamiliar quarters. Even experienced travelers can have these problems, as Peter found out when he went to Zorapunga.
Not surprisingly, there are people who prefer to travel with organized tours. They feel the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Group tours are often cheaper than travelling alone; they can provide their members with substantial discounts on air fares and hotel accommodations. Experienced people have planned the tour and all arrangements are taken care of in advance. There is no problem with making connections, or finding a hotel. Professional tour escorts look after the needs of every member of the group. And local guides are provided to show them the sights and explain the customs of the different countries. Many travellers enjoy going on organized tours because of the opportunity they have to meet other people and make friendships that can last a lifetime.
Of all the people in the world, Americans probably do the most travelling. American tourists can be found just about everywhere, from the jungles of the Amazon to the deserts of Mongolia, from the snow-capped mountains of Nepal to the sparkling beaches of the South Pacific. Americans love to travel. They may not always be the most sophisticated tourists, but they are enthusiastic. Whether travelling alone or in a group, Americans always seem to have a good time.
7. What adventure did Peter have in Zorapunga? 7. What minor catastrophes and
8. What does one need to have an exciting disappointments can a traveler face? traveling? 8. What are the advantages of group
9. What can a traveling be? tours?
10. What kind of traveler is Peter? 9. What spectacular places are
11. What does he enjoy? mentioned in the text?
12. Does Peter prefer to travel on his own or with 10. What kind of travelers are Americans an organized tour? said to be?