Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card Sample 265 - Journey to a special place you would like to make

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

Describe a journey to a special place that you would like to make

You should say:

  • where the place is
  • what type of transport you would choose
  • what the purpose of your journey is

and give details of your plan for the journey.


Model Answer 1:

There are so many special places in this world which I would like to visit. But, unfortunately, I don’t really have that much time or money for doing it. However, if time and my savings permit, I would like to visit the Niagara Falls some days.

Well, there is really no need for an introduction to the Niagara Falls, but just for some purpose of references, it is a geological wonder and one of the most famous waterfalls in the world which straddles the border between the United States and Canada. This natural wonder has been a popular tourist attraction for over 200 years, as well as a major source of hydroelectric power.

Anyway, the Niagara Falls is located in one continent while I live in another continent, so naturally, I would have to fly all the way to Buffalo, NY and then fly to Buffalo - Niagara International Airport. And the information I have now, it says that I can go to Niagara Falls easily either by “Amtrack” train or bus. By the way, Niagara Falls is only about a half an hour ride or drive from the Buffalo – Niagara International airport.

Anyway, I want to make a journey to this place because since my childhood I have read about it how it is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Another obvious reason for which I would like to go to this place is that you don’t really get to see a waterfall every day which is actually made up of three different waterfalls called the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls, which combine to produce the largest water flow rate of any waterfall in the world.

Anyway, I am planning to make this journey after a year since I would need to make an arrangement for a long vacation. In fact, I am planning to spend about two weeks in the USA before finishing my journey. And, I will be staying mostly in New York in a hotel because that would allow me to go to Niagara Falls quickly and easily.


Model Answer 2:

Whenever the time allows I would like to visit my grandparent’s house which is at (… say the place name…). After I left my hometown with my parents, I have not visited my grandparent’s house for the last 4-5 years. The busy life and tight exam have kelp me away for this much-desired journey to take.

I would take a taxi to reach the rail station. The train journey will last for about 6 hours and after that, I would require taking a public bus to reach the station of my grandparent’s area. From there I would need to walk for about half an hour and then cross the river in a boat. Then I would finally need to pick a rickshaw to reach my grandparent’s house.

I would like to meet my grandpa at his home. Though he has visited our house in a town a few times during this period, I still want to meet him, my uncles and cousins there. I miss my hometown and being there is a great joy for me. I passed my childhood at that place and want to go there as much as possible.

I have planned to go there during the summer vacation I will get from the university. I have planned to save some money and take some money from my parents on this journey. I will take one of my best friends with me and would show him the village where I was born. We will do lots of fun stuff there and would stay for about a week. We have planned to collect the train ticket online and for the taxi, we will book it in advance. I am really looking forward to enjoying this journey and my stay at my grandparent’s house.


Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Reasons for daily travel:

Q.  Why do people need to travel every day?

Q.  What problems can people have when they are on their journey, for example, to work or school? Why is this?

Q.  Some people say that daily journeys like these will not be so common in the future. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Benefits of international travel:

Q.  What do you think people can learn from travelling to other countries? Why?

Q.  Can travel make a positive difference to the economy of a country? How?

Q.  Do you think a society can benefit if its members have experience of travelling to other countries? In what ways?


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:

  1. Describe a journey you had recently.
  2. Describe a journey to a relative’s house.
  3. Describe a city you want to visit.
  4. Describe a place you want to visit in the future.
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