Calculating the Cost of a Destination Vacation

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Hospitality and Tourism

    Course : Travel and Tourism Management

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (1) The student gains academic knowledge and skills required to pursue the full range of career and postsecondary education opportunities within the travel and tourism industry. The student is expected to:
      • (D) calculate correctly using numerical concepts such as percentages and estimations in practical situations
    • (3) The student solves problems using critical-thinking skills independently and in teams. The student is expected to:
      • (B) guide individuals through the process of making informed travel decisions
    • (4) The student uses information technology tools specific to the travel and tourism industry to access, manage, integrate, and create information. The student is expected to:
      • (A) operate electronic mail applications to communicate within a workplace
      • (B) distinguish among the different modes of travel such as airline, cruise line, and rail
      • (C) differentiate among recreation, amusement, attraction, and resort venues
      • (D) use technology applications to perform workplace tasks
      • (E) understand the travel arrangements system used for booking reservations
      • (F) employ computer operations applications to manage work tasks
    • (11) The student uses technical knowledge and skills required to pursue careers in the travel and tourism industry. The student is expected to:
      • (A) develop job-specific technical vocabulary
      • (J) demonstrate the knowledge of destination and attraction planning and development, including the use of organizations such as convention and visitor’s bureaus and state tourist boards
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • request travel information using electronic mail applications
    • compare amusements, recreation, and resorts venues
    • observe how the travel arrangements system is used for booking reservations
    • calculate cost of a destination vacation including the cost of transportation
  • Rationale


    Today, many people are traveling to historic destinations and resort vacations using modes of transportation such as planes, trains, automobiles, and cruise ships.

    Have you ever been on a vacation? Where did you go?
    What modes of transportation have you taken to go on vacation? What is your favorite way to travel? How do you make reservations for a plane, cruise ship or train?

    Have you ever wondered how much a trip would cost? We are going to find out how much money you will need to plan a trip to a theme or water park, a sporting event, and much more.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Five 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Airline: A business providing a system of scheduled air transport. Also called airway

    Amenities: Extra items or services that add to a traveler’s comfort or convenience

    Amusement: Something that amuses, such as a game or other pastime

    Attractions: Are places of special interest to visit

    Cost: An amount that has to be paid or spent to buy or obtain something

    Cruise: A pleasure trip taken by boat or ship

    Recreation: Any activity people do for rest, relaxation, and enjoyment

    Resort venues: A place that provides entertainment, recreation, and relaxation for vacationers; many are located near seashores, mountains and hot springs

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed


    • computer with projector for multimedia presentations
    • computers with Internet access (be sure to follow district guidelines for internet access)
    • light projector (Elmo)
    • presenter/remote


    • map of United States
    • travel brochures for:
      • amusement parks
      • beaches
      • campgrounds
      • historical sites
      • museums
      • resorts
      • sporting events
      • water parks
      • zoos
    • world globe


    Model replicas (if available) of:

    • airplane
    • car
    • cruise ship
    • train

    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Display as many of the items listed in the Materials or Specialized Equipment Needed tab as you have available on a table in front of the classroom.

    Play video or download music so that students may hear the vacation song as they enter the classroom.

    Discuss vacations with your students. Assign a scribe to write answers to the following questions on the board:

    • Which theme parks have you visited? Water parks?
    • Which zoos have you visited?
    • What historical site have you visited?
    • Where is a popular campground?
    • Have you been to a major league football or baseball game?
    • Which resort venue have you visited?
    • What fun things did you do on a cruise?
    • Have you ridden on a train?
    • Where have you flown to?

    The most important question – How much did it cost?

    We all know that vacations are expensive. This will give the students an opportunity to figure out how expensive they are.

    Many more questions may be asked to begin the discussion of the various attractions, recreational activities, and modes of transportation.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Review lesson objectives, terms, and definitions.

    Distribute graphic organizer Calculating the Cost of a Vacation Destination Notes (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may follow along during slide presentation.

    Introduce slide presentation Calculating the Cost of a Destination Vacation (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Impress upon the students that vacations are a much needed time to relax and enjoy but can be expensive.

    Continue the discussion of the various attractions, recreational activities and modes of transportation available.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • checking for understanding
    • providing assistance with note-taking
    • extra time to complete assignments
    • preferred seating

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Discuss the importance of proper email etiquette in an office.

    View video from

    Students may practice electronic mail applications by logging on to the following websites and requesting travel information for a city they would like to visit:

    Allow students to log into one of the airlines, cruise ships, and Amtrak to be able to understand how travel arrangements are made to book reservations. If a computer lab is not available, connect your laptop or computer to a projector and allow students to take turns demonstrating the task while you give instructions.




    They will be calculating the cost of transportation to a venue of their choosing in the Independent Practice section.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • provide peer tutoring
    • reducing the length of the assignment

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute graphic organizer Calculating Costs Worksheet (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and discuss assignment with students.

    Students will choose a:

    • theme park
    • water park
    • zoo
    • entertainment
    • attraction
    • spectator sport
    • participatory sport
    • travel mode

    They will need to find information about the entrance fees, any services they would like, and any other information available. They will also choose a mode of transportation and the cost from their city/town to the venue.

    Students’ answers will vary so a teacher key is not included.

    Distribute handout Rubric for Oral Presentation on Vacation Costs (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students will know what is expected.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • assisting student in gathering information
    • providing praise and encouragement
    • shortened assignment

  • Lesson Closure

    Review lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Discuss some “fun facts” with your students about some vacations on a cruise, train, plane, and so forth.

    For example:

    • How many passengers fit on a cruise ship? How many employees?
    • What is the highest mountain to climb in the United States? How high is it?
    • What is the capacity of Disneyland? Disney World?
    • How many miles an hour does the Amtrak train travel?
    • What is the capacity of a Boeing 747 jet?

    There are many more questions that you can ask students at the end of each class period.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Student oral presentations will be assessed with appropriate rubric.

    Continue discussion on the destination vacations chosen.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • grading according to work done
    • providing praise and encouragement
    • encourage participation

  • References/Resources


    • Reynolds, Johnny Sue. (2010) Hospitality Services. Tinley-Park, Illinois: The Goodheart-Wilcox Company, Inc.






  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:

  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Cruises are all inclusive resort on water. Students may plan a family reunion aboard a cruise ship where families can enjoy lots of food, fun, entertainment, and memories.


    Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

    The infographic below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the image on a projector and lead a discussion concerning the information provided.

  • Family/Community Connection

    Students may share their information with their family and may be able to plan and calculate the cost of a family destination vacation.

  • CTSO connection

    Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

    • STAR Events:
      • Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation: An individual event that recognizes participants who demonstrate their knowledge of the hospitality, tourism, and recreation industries and ability to translate their knowledge into a hypothetical or real business.

    Lesson is preparation for Hospitality LEO test.

  • Service Learning Projects

    True service learning is developed with student voice about concerns and needs. As the students are learning and researching this topic, ask them to think about ways they can maximize their learning to benefit others.

    Use the LEADERS Model from Brainstorm with your students for a service project pertaining to this lesson.

    Students may plan an event that would raise funds for the Make A Wish Foundation that grants wishes (usually trips) to children and their families.

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