Describe a long car journey you went on - Cue Card # 594

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

Describe a long car journey you went on.

You should say:

  • where you went
  • how long it took
  • whom you took the journey with

and explain why you took the journey on a car.

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


Model Answer 1:
Taking a car and hitting the road on a bright sunny day is one of my favourite things to do, when I have some free time to spare, and also when I get a little bored. The longer is the journey, the better it gets, as far as I am concerned. Today, I would like to talk about one such long car journey which I undertook about a year ago during the summer.

Our destination was “Banff National Park” in Alberta. By the way, we were 4 friends all together, and we had earlier decided that we would travel to the famous park. But, the question was whether we would take an aerial route to arrive there or drive a car. After long “deliberation”, we finally decided that we would travel there by car because it was going to be more fun. But, it was going to be a long journey as it would have taken us approximately 7-10 hours, depending on the traffic situation.

So, we decided to hit the road real early with our “camper van” which was loaded with everything we needed, from under-seat luggage storage to a mini kitchen, and a cosy “penthouse” rooftop tent. By the way, since it was going to be a long journey, we would need to eat at least twice, while driving on the road, so we took veggie burgers with lettuce buns, eggs, cheese, and soy chorizo for breakfast scrambles, cheese tortellini with Pesto Sauce, camembert, crackers and plenty of water. There were several routes for us to take, but we decided to drive on Trans-Canada Highway number1 because it was the most scenic route of all.

Anyway, I took this long car journey, primarily because I wanted to get out of the “boredom” of a very long and tiring work schedule of the previous months. Besides, I also wanted to see and enjoy the stunning views of Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, a picture-perfect mountain town and village, abundant wildlife and scenic drives from up close while driving to Canada’s first national park called “Banff National Park”.


Sample Answer 2:
I went to St. Petersburg from Moscow a few months ago and I drove my car the whole time. It was a great experience for me. In fact, I, along with two of my friends, went there to attend the marriage ceremony of one of my cousins. Actually, he invited my family, but the family members were reluctant to attend the ceremony for the lengthy travel. So, I made the journey and took two of my friends with me. It was a fun experience for us and I would like to thank you for this nice cue card topic.

It took around 14 hours for us to reach St. Petersburg from my residence in Moscow. Actually, I could have reached there earlier, but I drove slowly considering the safety on the road. I never crossed the limit of 80 kilometres while I drove the car. Besides, we took a few breaks on the highway which also added an hour or so to our total travel time.

Boris and Valery accompanied me on the journey. Both of them are my childhood friends and we have been brought up together. We live in the same community. Besides, our families also are on good terms with theirs. Thereby, I decided that if I take them with me, it will not be a problem at all.

I decided to make the journey by car because my friends thought that it would be more fun and comfortable. Besides, air-tickets were expensive and we did not want to spend a large sum of money on our air tickets. I think we took the right decision as it was a great car journey for us. The beautiful road views and the favourite music on the car added a different dimension to our experience.

More Ideas to talk about this Cue Card topic:

Cue Card Topic: Describe a long car journey you went on.

1. My recent trip on the Columbia River Scenic Highway was impressive. The road offered beautiful natural views and the journey was fascinating. The landscape by the side of the road was breathtaking.

2. The journey at Northern Ireland’s coastal route a few months ago was highly delightful. I could not stay there during the entire trip as I had to return home for some emergencies. But I enjoyed the drive and drove around 100 kilometres at a stretch.

3. I went on a long road trip from Mumbai to Pune Expressway. This was  393-kilometre drive and the view on both sides of the road was wonderful. The road was new and I enjoyed driving on such a plain and safe road.

4. The S313 Highway provides the best views in China for anyone on a car. This is a 150-kilometres highway starting from Xinduqiao to Danba. Some Tibetan areas appear during the drive. I loved the golden meadows the most and the tour was exceptional.

5. I went to visit Thailand earlier this year and drove from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai. The seven-hour drive impressed me greatly. It was a comfortable journey and I observed different national parks of the country from a distance during the journey.

6. The long ride to Bukit Tinggi from Kuala Lumpur was an outstanding experience for me. The charming hillside-town was a great place and gave a French countryside like experience to me. It was an adventurous ride, no doubt.

7. My recent ride at Black Forest Panama Route in Germany is perhaps the best experience of riding a car in my life. The forests, landscapes, gentle winds, and the farmhouses are still vivid in my mind. It was a 143-mile-long road and I was amazed at the beauty of it.

8. I believe the Amalfi Coast is the best place for drivers who seek a long-distance trip. My last trip started from Naples and I was stunned by the surrounding views. This 108-mile-long road has different places to stop to take a break.

9. The wonderful track at the Verdon Gorge circuit in France gave me a memorable experience. In fact, the entire region is tempting and I stopped at some of the small market towns for short breaks. I enjoyed the 115 miles ride thoroughly.


Your preparation for this cue card topic would help you talk about the following topics as well:

1. Describe a journey that you enjoyed a lot.
2. Describe a journey you remember well.
3. Talk about a tour or journey that took you a long time.
4. Describe a journey that was not up to your expectation.
5. Describe a pleasant journey you recently have had.

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