IELTS Cue Card Sample 256 - Describe a journey that took longer than you expected

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

Describe a journey that took longer than you expected.

You should say:

  • when you took that journey
  • where you went
  • how you went there

and explain why it took longer than expected.


Model Answer 1:

One of the things, which I don’t really like, is a long journey. But, I don’t really control the roads or the flow of traffics on them. So, we can’t really help it if our journeys take longer than expected just as it did when I was travelling to my sister's house about a few months ago.

My sister, who is younger than me, lives in another town which is a bit far away from me. In fact, in normal traffic and road condition, it usually takes about 8 hours to reach her place. So, I don’t really like to travel to her by road unless I have a very valid reason to do so. So, I try to take the aerial route when I visit her. But, unfortunately, when my sister asked me about a few months ago to visit her in order to help her move to a different place because of her new job location, I couldn’t take any flight. In fact, I found that all the flight tickets were sold because some public holidays were being observed.

So, I didn’t have any other choice but to take a bus to reach my sister’s place. Initially, the bus was maintaining its regular speed, but after a while, it became slower and slower. I was growing more and more frustrated, but I couldn’t really do anything about it. So, I put my earphone in my ears and started to listen to some of my favourite music on my smartphone. At one point, I even fell asleep, and when I actually arrived at my destination, I was already late by at least a couple of hours.

Anyway, it took me longer than expected because the highway, I took, usually remains very busy most of the time. But, the situation got even worse, as far as the road traffic was concerned, since more than the usual number of people was travelling on that day because of public holidays. Besides, it was only a two-lane highway, as opposed to the 4-lane highway, which forced the traffic to run even slower. Naturally, as a result, my journey was longer than expected.


Model Answer 2:

The journey that I would like to talk about took almost 3-4 times more than we expected and it was 2 years back when I was in the 2nd year at my university. After the semester break, one of our friends offered us to have a visit to his hometown which was near a very beautiful location with hills and rivers surrounding it. We were very fascinated to visit there because of the chance to visit this part of our country which is a very famous tourist spot. Apart from that we also wanted to enjoy our semester gap by visiting someplace we have never been to.

My friend’s hometown was in (say a place name) and we started our journey at around 7:30 am. It should have been a 6-7 hours journey and the first 2 hours went very well. We took a bus to go there and after 2 hours we noticed heavy traffic in front of us. The bus was stuck in the same place for about an hour and we heard that there was an accident and that caused the bad traffic. After another 30 minutes, our bus started moving on but it was like slowly pacing in the sand. The speed was not more than 20 km/hour and we got really bored being in such a bad situation.

The whole journey took around 22 hours and we were very frustrated to be caught in such a bad position. When we reached our friend’s house, we were all tired and I wished I did not decide to have the journey.


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