Cue Card Sample

Faraway place you would like to visit - Cue Card # 662

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

Describe a remote/faraway place where you would like to visit.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • how far it is from your living place
  • when and how would you go there

and explain why you would like to visit this place.

[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:

I like to visit different places whether they are close by or far away from me. In fact, sometimes, I just wish that I had a lot of money and time so that I could visit all the beautiful places all around the world. But one of the remote places, that I would really like to visit, is called Hornby Island in British Columbia, Canada.

It is a Salish Sea Island, located near Vancouver Island's Comox Valley. While it is only about 185 kilometres from the city of Vancouver, from where I live, which is Calgary, it is quite a far distance of about 1155 kilometres via the Trans-Canada Highway.

I would like to visit this beautiful small island next summer where a small community of about 1000 residents live. I am planning to drive to the city of Vancouver first, and then from there, I would need to travel by ferries, three ferries to be precise, which could actually take the better part of the day to reach the magical island of Hornby.

I would like to visit this place mainly because I have heard so much about this place since I was growing up as a young boy. Some call it the “Jewell of the Gulf” while others like to call it the “Hawaii of the North” since it has warm waters and sandy beaches. And, yes, I just love warm waters and sandy beaches.

I would also like to visit this place because it is an incredibly beautiful place with its simple, rural and relaxed atmosphere. Of course, needless to say, I also want to visit the island for its breathtaking views with its spectacular blue sky towering over the blue ocean underneath. Finally, I have always wondered how an island with such a tiny population can survive and thrive while attracting several thousands of tourists every year!


Model Answer 2:

One remote and faraway place that I would love to visit is Bhutan, often referred to as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon." Located in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is nestled between China and India, making it a truly secluded destination. Before giving details of my plan to visit this faraway place, I would like to thank you for allowing me to talk about this topic.

From my current location- which is Canada, Bhutan is quite a distance away, requiring several flights and possibly some overland travel. Depending on the availability of flights and my schedule, I would aim to visit Bhutan during the spring or autumn months when the weather is pleasant and the landscapes are at their most vibrant.

To reach Bhutan, I would likely fly into Paro International Airport, which is the country's only international airport. From there, I would explore the country's pristine landscapes, ancient monasteries, and vibrant culture.

One of the main reasons I'm drawn to Bhutan is its unique approach to measuring national prosperity through the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This focus on holistic well-being and environmental conservation has resulted in Bhutan maintaining much of its natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Moreover, Bhutan is home to some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes, including snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and cascading waterfalls. The country's numerous Buddhist monasteries and dzongs (fortress-monasteries) add to its mystical allure, offering visitors a glimpse into centuries-old traditions and spiritual practices. Exploring Bhutan's remote villages, hiking through its pristine forests, and interacting with its warm and welcoming people are experiences that I believe would be truly enriching and unforgettable.

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