Cue Card Sample

Your idea of a perfect holiday destination - Cue Card # 694

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

Describe your idea of a perfect holiday destination.

You should say:

  • where it would be
  • what type of place it would be
  • how it will look like

and explain why you think it would be a perfect holiday destination.

[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 have so many ideas of a perfect holiday destination in my head that it would be practically impossible to choose one and then describe it. However, I would still go ahead and try my best to make sense of my version of a perfect holiday destination.

First, my perfect holiday destination would be ideally located on an island, far away from civilization, surrounded by a cool and calm ocean. Of course, when I say that my perfect holiday destination would be far away from civilization, I don’t necessarily mean to suggest that it would be very far from the airport.  

The island would be covered by many different kinds of fruit trees, along with other kinds of beautiful forests and landscapes, so that I can always enjoy the taste of some fresh fruits when feeling hungry. The weather should neither be too hot nor too cold for my perfect holiday destination. Having some beautiful looking sandy beaches, my perfect holiday destination shouldn’t have any tall buildings or tall hotels, covering the sky, so that I can actually see the beautiful sky and the moon at night. 

Also, I wouldn’t like my perfect holiday destination to be too quiet or too crowded and busy because that would actually take the whole fun away of mingling and socializing with people from different countries and cultures. Having a few hills and mountains by the sides of the sea beaches wouldn’t exactly hurt my version of a perfect holiday destination either. Finally, the simple and not-too-tall hotels in my ideal holiday destination should be close to the sandy beaches so that I can capture a perfect overview of the ocean by sitting on their balconies.

So, it would be my perfect holiday destination, mainly because it would help me forget about the worries and negativities of my daily life. Besides, it would also allow me to learn, understand and appreciate people from other countries, cultures and backgrounds in a way which is not possible otherwise. Finally, it would also refresh my mind and body by keeping me close to the beautiful nature.


Model Answer 2:
Well, my idea of a perfect holiday destination would be a secluded tropical island in the South Pacific. It would be a pristine paradise with powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush greenery stretching as far as the eye can see. I wish I could stay there for as long as I want! 

I want the island to be surrounded by vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life, perfect for snorkelling and diving adventures. There should also be dense rainforests to explore, with hidden waterfalls and exotic wildlife.

What sets this destination apart, in my belief, is its tranquillity and seclusion, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With no crowds or tourist traps, visitors can unwind in privacy and connect with nature in its purest form.

Whether lounging on the beach, hiking through the jungle, or simply enjoying breathtaking sunsets, this island would provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation. The combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, and tranquillity makes this destination a dream come true for those seeking an idyllic escape from the ordinary.

I believe this tropical island would be a perfect holiday destination for several reasons. Firstly, its natural beauty, with pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and lush rainforests, offers a stunning backdrop for relaxation and adventure. The serene and secluded atmosphere ensures a peaceful retreat, allowing visitors to escape the stresses of daily life and immerse themselves in the tranquillity of nature.

Additionally, the island's cultural richness adds depth to the holiday experience. Interacting with friendly locals and experiencing their traditions enhances the sense of connection and authenticity. Finally, the range of activities available, from snorkelling and diving to hiking and cultural tours, caters to diverse interests and ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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