Modes of Travelling
College students, curious and energetic, love traveling; summer and winter vacations provide them with golden opportunities to travel. There are two major modes of travelling—traveling by oneself or traveling in a group organized by travel agencies.
Those two patterns offer different travel experiences, with respective advantages and disadvantages. For the solitary traveler, the greatest advantage is freedom. He is perfectly free to choose his itinerary and plan his schedules, thus he can visit whatever his curiosity leads him to and contemplate over a historical site or a cultural relic for as long as he desires. The trouble is he cannot share his perceptions and excitement with any partners. Moreover, it is time-consuming and difficult to buy train tickets and look for accommodations and in emergency situations an individual traveler is largely helpless. Those problems are non-existent for group travelers because travel agencies take care of everything. Within a group, people who used to be strangers soon become friends. However, the fixed itineraries and tight schedule prevent travelers from satiating their individual curiosities. In addition, tourists are often subjected to forced shopping by tour guides who are more concerned with securing commissions than providing services.
My solution to these two imperfect modes of traveling is to travel with friends or classmates. This pattern incorporates most of their advantages while avoiding all their disadvantages. I am convinced this is the best and most sensible form of traveling which everybody should adopt.
1. provide sb. with sth.为某人提供某物
4. in emergency situations突发意外
5. look for accommodations投宿
6. largely helpless很大程度上孤立无助
8. visit whatever his curiosity leads him to其兴致所至，必心满意足
10. a historical site or a cultural relic历史古迹或文物
11. share his perceptions and excitement with sb.与某人分享感受和兴奋之情
12. it is time-consuming and difficult to do sth.做某事既耗时亦费神
13. individual traveler单枪匹马的旅行者
14. group traveler随团出游者
15. be non-existent for sb.对某人不存在的
17. fixed itineraries and tight schedule固定的旅游线路以及仓促的行程
18. tourists are often subjected to forced shopping by tour guides旅客也常常被导游逼迫着去作强制性购物
19. secure commissions赚取佣金
20. This pattern incorporates most of their advantages while avoiding all their disadvantages.此类模式可兼具上述两类模式的大多数优点，而避免它们的全部的缺点。