“I’m planning my holiday for next summer and I don’t know whether I should have a lazy holiday or an exciting one. Last year I went on holiday to southern Spain with my best friends, Joanna and Ling. We stayed in a brilliant four-star hotel, which had three swimming pools. It was quite expensive but we really enjoyed ourselves and we all got great suntans! This year, Joanna is going away with her parents to Greece so it’ll be just Ling and me. Ling wants us to go on an adventure holiday in Africa, the type where you have to go walking in the desert and sleep out in the open. She said it would be interesting and better than having a lazy holiday because we would learn about the world around us and see some wild animals. I’m not sure whether I want to go to Africa. For me, a holiday means relaxing on a beach, not trekking across the middle of nowhere. Ling said that we’d see elephants and zebras and have some amazing experiences. I think she’s bored of lying in the sun all day and fancies a change. I’ve got to make up my mind by next Monday at the latest so that she can book the tickets. It would cost £1,400 each to go to Africa, but less than half that amount for two weeks in Portugal.”





  1. When is Anna going on holiday?                               
  2. Name her two closest friends.                                   
  3. True or false – last year she went to northern Spain?
  4. How many swimming pools did their hotel have?     
  5. Was the hotel expensive?                                         
  6. True or false – only Anna got a good suntan?           
  7. Where is Joanna going on holiday this year?
  8. Who is she going with?                                             
  9. What type of holiday does Ling want this year?        
  10.  Where does she want to go?
  11.  Does Anna want to go with her?                               
  12.  Why does Ling want to go on this type of holiday?  
  13.  What does Anna enjoy doing on holiday?                 
  14.  What animals does Ling hope to see?                     
  15.  What sort of experiences does she expect to have?
  16.  When does Anna have to let Ling know about the holiday?
  17.  How much would it cost each of them to go to Africa?
  18.  Would it be cheaper to go to Africa or Portugal?      
  19.  Do you think Anna should go to Africa with Ling? Why?/Why not?
  20.  Do you think Anna will go to Africa with Ling? Why?/Why not?