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 that 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 on 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 both sides 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 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 to 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 at 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 for me.

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1. I have a plan to go on a special trip next winter. I am willing to visit Indonesia during the trip. I have to take some necessary preparations like knowing the climatic conditions of the locality, collecting a local map, arranging for visa and other activities. it would be a special trip for me because I have never been to there and I also do not know how Bali takes a look during winter. Moreover, this is the very first solo trip of mine in abroad. With all the grounds in mind, it would be a very special trip for me.

2. I have always wondered if I could visit Paris and the chance is appearing to me. I am set to leave for Paris within next 15 days. I have to make preparations for the trip. I have already managed the visa and prepared other necessary documents. But I need to collect the required information about hotel reservation and air schedule. If all the things are done, I hope it would fly by the present date. This would be a special trip because I have managed a leave for three weeks and will spend the entire leave in Paris. I am thrilled.

3. During the next summer, I have a plan to visit Nepal. In fact, I want to see the mountain ranges and explore them. Though summer is not the perfect time, I have no other options left. I need to make preparations for mountain climbing and I have already started learning the process. I also have applied for the visa and hope will get that soon. It would be a special trip for its nature. In fact, I am thrilled now for the adventures I will take part in during the visit in Nepal.

4. My next trip would be in Mexico. The wild west. This is the place where the cowboys and gunslingers used to stay and get engaged into gunfights. I have taken necessary preparation like knowing the local cultures and customs. I also have managed a tent to stay outside and have some fun with my companies during the trip. It would be a special trip as I have never been before in the place, and just have watched them in western movies. So, I will have the chances to see the desired places.

5. Within a month, I will fly to Japan to have a business trip. But it is special for me as I have taken a leave of three days to explore the country. I have taken necessary preparations and already have got the visa. Besides, I have also started learning to eat following traditional Japanese style. My Japanese language course will be done within next two weeks. So, when I will be there, hope everything will go fine with me. I know the language, I know the customs and also I have the idea where to visit to observe Japan closely. Based on the fact, it would be a special trip for me.

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