Reading: Planning A Vacation (B1/B2)

happy couple on summer vacaton in Europe

For each of the past eight years, Janice and Kurt have spent their vacation time at home, either working in the garden or fixing up the house. This year, however, they are planning to spend their July vacation somewhere else.

They’ve checked the Internet for weather information about areas of the country they might like to visit. They are really eager to travel somewhere soon. In fact, if they had free time right now, they would take their vacation immediately, but they can’t leave right now.

They still have a couple of months to explore their options, in the past they would often spend an entire year planning future vacations. So far, they have learned the following information. If they want to spend their time near the water, they will have a hard time choosing among dozens of outstanding beach resorts. For example, if they go to the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the air temperature will be in the mid-70s in July, and the water temperature will be in the low 70s. That’s very appealing to them. On the other hand, if they chose to visit Miami Beach in July, both the air and the water temperatures would be considerably warmer, around 85 degrees. That sounds wonderful to them, too. The climate that they were both used to as children would never be as warm as these places.

Janice and Kurt would also like to go camping, so vacationing in the mountains is another option. They could choose to visit the Rocky Mountains in Colorado if they wanted cooler weather. In July, the temperature in the mountains can range from a high of 80 degrees to a low of 40 degrees. If they go to the Rockies, they will certainly have to plan for this type of weather variation.

It is without a doubt a tough decision that Janice and Kurt are facing. They wish they were able to go to all of the places they have researched. If they had more money and more time, they would be able to do exactly that. In fact, they would have gone to both the beach and the mountains this year if they hadn’t recently spent so much of their savings on a new big-screen TV. They wish they had realized this earlier!