Dialogues in the Present Perfect tense: Travelling
Here are a few dialogues using the present perfect tense that are related to travelling.
Travelling is one of many different topics where you can use the present perfect tense. Verbs often used to talk about travelling are "be," "travel," "go" and "visit." However, it is more colloquial to use the verbs "be" and "go."
You will find that conversations or dialogues will often have a mix of different tenses. It would probably sound quite unnatural if you tried to use only the present perfect throughout a conversation.
Dialogue 1: Trips to Japan
A: "Have you ever been to Japan?"
B: "Yes. I've been to Japan many times."
A: "Oh wow. Whereabouts in Japan have you been to?"
B: "I've been to Tokyo many times because there're direct flights from Melbourne. I've also been to Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Sapporo."
A: "That sounds awesome. I've only been to Tokyo once and would like to go there again."
B: "Nice. When did you go?"
A: "I was there about two years ago around Sakura season."
B: "Aww. That's the best time of the year, I reckon."
A: "Yea, it was great. The parks were a bit crowded, but it was a lot of fun. How often do you usually go to Japan?"
B: "About 3 to 4 times a year. I've already been there twice this year."
A: "Oh wow."
B: "Yea, I have friends there as well so we get to hang out when I'm there. Actually, I'm thinking of going back soon."
A: "Really? How long are you going for?"
B: "I haven't decided yet - maybe for 2 weeks. That's usually how long my trips are."
A: "Back to Tokyo? Or a different city?"
B: "Well, I'll head to Tokyo first because of the direct flight and then maybe to Okinawa. I've always wanted to visit but never had the opportunity."
A: "Nice. I want to visit Okinawa next actually. My brother just moved there."
B: "Really? Maybe we should go together."
A: "That's a great idea."
Dialogue 2: Visiting Paris
A: "Is this your first night at the hostel?"
B: "Actually I've been here for the past few nights."
A: "Oh really?"
B: "Yea, I haven't spent much time in the common area because I've been busy visiting different tourist spots."
A: "Well there's definitely no shortage of things to see here. What tourist attractions have you seen so far?"
B: "I went to see the Eiffel Tower first, of course. I spent the afternoon at the Louvre yesterday. I walked through the Champs-Elysees and saw the Arc de Triomphe. I've also seen the Notre-Dame but that was closed to the public for obvious reasons."
A: "Nice. You've been busy."
B: "Haha, yes. I've had a really good time so far."
A: "How about Sacré-Cœur? You must have heard of it."
B: "Actually no. What's that?"
A: "It's a church on the highest point of the city. It's really beautiful and has a nice view of the city."
B: "Awesome, I'll have to check it out."
A: "We can go there together if you like. I know how to get there from here."
B: "Really? Haven't you already visited the place?"
A: "Yea, I've been there a few times but it's one of my favourite places in Paris. So I really don't mind going there again."
Dialogue 3: Preparing to visit Australia
A: "When are you planning to go to Australia again?"
A: "Oh, so a few more months to go."
B: "Yea, not long to go."
A: "Have you booked your tickets?"
B: "Of course. We booked them early this year when they were offering discounts."
A: "How about accommodation? You remember what happened to your uncle when he went to visit your grandmother.
B: "Yes, yes. We've already sorted the accommodation."
A: "Really? I thought you said you were visiting Sydney and Melbourne. Are you sure you've booked accommodation for both cities?"
B: "Yes. We'll be staying with a friend in Melbourne, and we've booked a hotel for a few nights in Sydney."
A: "And the visa? Have you applied for it yet?"
B: "What visa?"
A: "Tourist visa to enter Australia! Haven't you been to Australia before? You know you have to apply for a tourist visa to enter the country, right?"
B: "Okay, all right. I haven't been back for ages, okay? If I remember correctly, they take like, less than a week to process, so we'll apply closer to the date."
A: "Okay then. Would you like me to remind you then?"
B: "Only if you want to. You really don't have to, you know? We're both adults."
A: "Yes, yes. Well, it doesn't hurt to be reminded, that's all. Have you started packing yet?"
B: "No, of course we haven't."