IELTS Cue Card Sample 452 - A time when you stayed far away from your home

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a time when you stayed far away from your home.

You should say:

  • when and where it was
  • how long you stayed there
  • why you stayed there and what you did there

and explain how you felt about staying far away from home.

Sample Answer:
Till I turned to 16, I can’t recall any even when I stayed far away from home alone. Though I visited some of my relatives who stayed far away from our living place, but in all those occasions either of my parents or both of them were with me. For this cue card topic, I will talk about an event when I stayed far away from my home, where I went, how long I stayed there and my feelings about staying far away from home.

I went to Denmark when I was 19 years old as part of a tour that our college arranged. That was a 7 day-tour to explore a different country. I went to Denmark and stayed in a hotel that our college booked for us.

As I remember I stayed there for about 7 days and that was indeed my first stay in a place quite far away from my home. The day we reached there, I was quite fascinated to be in a different country. We reached there in the evening and checked in a hotel. I got a small single room where I stayed for 4 days. After we move to Odense in South Denmark, we stayed in a different hotel but this time, I had to share the room with one of my classmates and luckily the room was large enough for two of us to share.
We did numerous things during our stay including visiting museums, camping, completing an assignment, visiting two other colleges in Denmark and meeting with the students there and visiting different historically significant places in Denmark. Some of the experiences, including dining, visiting local markets and meeting local people were some distinctive experiences for me.

I would say I was very excited about the whole tour and everything we did and participated in were very enthralling. This was the first time I stayed so long in a distant place without any family members. I called my parents almost every day and I missed them quite often. They were worried for me and called me now and then to learn what I was doing and whether everything was okay or not. I missed my own room, my little sister and parents but that did not make me homesick due to the stirring experience and time I was having.

I did not feel how much I missed my house, parents and little sister until I returned home, as, seeing all of them and getting back to my own house gave me a unique feeling I never felt before. It was like getting back to a place and people I love most.

If you prepare for this cue card you should be able to answer the following cue cards as well:

  • Describe a city or country you have visited.
  • Describe a time when you stayed in a hotel.
  • Describe a tour or journey that you remember.
  • Talk about an event when you missed your house and relatives.
  • Describe a city or country you have been to.
  • Describe an educational tour you have had.
  • Describe a memorable even from your school or college.
  • Describe a city or country would like to visit.
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