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¡Voy de vacaciones! - I’m going on holiday!

But where are you going? ¿Adónde vas? you might ask me.

¿Adónde vas? - Where are you going?

(Yo) voy a … - I’m going to …

Méjico / México - Mexico

España - Spain

Sometimes countries are written the same in Spanish and English – just be careful to listen to how you say them!

China - China

India - India

Portugal - Portugal

Australia - Australia

Sometimes the words are nearly the same:

Brasil - Brazil

Francia - France

Italia - Italy

The United States and The United Kingdom need the article (el, la, los or las) too.

So:

Voy a los Estados Unidos (de América). - I'm going to the US(A).

Voy al Reino Unido. - I'm going to the UK.

Look at how that sentence is made. When you get a and el (the masculine article), you 'squash' them together to make al.
So, 'I go to the wood' would be Voy al bosque.

This is also true when you say which part of a country you're going to:

el norte - the north

Voy al norte. - I go to the north.

el sur - the south

Voy al sur. - I go to the south.

el este - the east

Voy al este. - I go to the east.

el oeste - the west

Voy al oeste. - I go to the west.

Voy al norte de España. - I go to the north of Spain.

Voy al sur de Italia. - I go to the south of Italy.

Finally, how might I get there?

en tren - by train

en avión - by aeroplane

en barco - by boat

So we could make a mega sentence now!

Voy al este de la India en tren. - I'm going to the east of India by train.

DID YOU KNOW ... There are trains in Spain that go up to 300km per hour called AVE trains. AVE stands for Alta Velocidad Española (Spanish High Speed) but the word ave means ‘bird’ as well.