IELTS Cue Card Sample 491 - Describe a special trip you would like to go on

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

Describe a special trip you would like to go on in the future.

You should say:

  • when possibly it will be
  • where would you go
  • what preparation do you need for that trip

and explain why this would be a special trip.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Sample Answer 1:
I love to travel and being in a new place is quite a sensational experience for me. I have visited more than 10 countries and most of the famous places in my homeland. However, most of my trips were either solo or with friends. A few months ago I planned a very special trip that I would like to go on in the near future. I want to visit (... a sea beach name in your country...) and take my parents on this very special trip. The main reason this would be a special trip is because my parents would be with me and this would be the first time they will visit the largest sea beach in our country. Having my parents with me there would make it special. It's been more than 7 years when we had our last trip together.
Probably we will have this special trip in the next January. I will take few days off from my office and would prepare for the trip. This would be 6-8 hours journey and we would prefer to travel by train rather than bus. My parents are also very excited about the journey and they are also looking forward to going to this trip.  

We do not need much preparation for this trip as this would a short trip and we would be staying for only 4-5 days, I guess. We would only need to be concerned about the weather condition and pick clothes that are suitable for the summer season. We will start this trip from the city train station and our preference would be to book a first class compartment of the train. The train journey is usually pleasant in our country and we will have the chance to enjoy the scenic beauty on the both side of our route.

After we arrive the destination, we will first reserve a nice hotel for us that will have the view of the sea beach. If we take the train at around 6:00 in the morning, we will reach there just before 2:00 pm, I assume. We will have our lunch and take rest for a couple of hours. In the afternoon we will go and enjoy the sea beach and stay for a couple of hours there. We will also enjoy the sea-foods from a renowned restaurant and get back to our hotel at night. During this trip, we will visit two other nearby famous tourists destinations and enjoy our stay there. We will buy some gifts for other family members and relatives and enjoy the whole trip.


Sample Answer 2:
The enjoyment of travelling is exceptional indeed, and when I am to describe a future travelling plan, I am delighted to almost the same extent. Here is a brief description of the special trip that I intend to have in future.

I am planning for the trip in next summer. In fact, I will take a leave from my office for the entire summer. I have not been taking leaves for past one year and have been working like a machine. Even I had worked in the office on the weekends to meet some emergencies. Now, I am badly in need of a great refreshment and the trip will help me to get refreshed. The trip will begin from the very first day of summer vacation and will last around a month.

I am an NGO worker here and live with my parents. So, I am planning to visit any of the European countries, particularly Italy, with my parents. They have not been out of South Africa for a long time. Besides, I have conducted a minor research that Italy is the most attractive place to visit. The country contains a notable number of natural visiting places with beautiful landscapes. Moreover, the lakes of the country are excellent with their bluish water. The foods are delicious and almost all types of foods are available here. Besides, this is a destination for global tourists. Considering all these facts, I have planned to have the trip in Italy.      

Initially, I have selected some of the most visiting spots in Italy. But all the other preparations are still remaining. I am unable to manage time for the preparations. I have to renew my passport in line with the passports of my parents. This is really a hefty task. Then I have to arrange for visas though this is not a problem at all and manageable within one day. Then appears the issues of collecting maps for the locations I want to visit. Changing the currency is another potential issue to be considered. So, before starting the trip, I have to collect the changed currencies or it will be difficult to meet the expenses in Italy. Booking the aeroplane tickets is another important issue. I have to book tickets at least 15 days before the trip. So far, these are the necessary preparations that I need to take.

This would be a very special trip as I am travelling with my parents for the first time out of the state. In fact, this would a family trip where all the three family members will be present together for the first time. Earlier, I was unable to manage time for such trip and could not dare to even plan for. It was my occupational engagement that made me separated from my family. Only we met in the table at night during the supper. So, I made the plan to have the trip for a long time so that we could spend some quality moments together in a very special place. In view of all such aspects, this would be a special trip to me.

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