Graph Writing # 9 - If they traveled abroad and why they traveled

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Table + Column Graph:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The first chart below shows the results of a survey which sampled a cross-section of 100,000 people asking if they traveled abroad and why they traveled for the period 1994-98. The second chart shows their destinations over the same period.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below.

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Visits to friends & relatives






Other reasons












 Destinations of visits abroad by UK residents by main region (1994-98)Travellers' destinations over the same period

Model Answer 1:
The charts present data about the main reasons for travelling by UK residents as well as their favourite destinations from 1994 to 1998. 

Overall, the main reasons for Britons to travel during this period were holiday making, business and visits to friends and relatives. Western Europe was their favourite destination.

As the data suggests, the number of holidaymakers steadily increased. In 1994, the number of holiday seekers was around fifteen thousand, and it grew to over twenty thousand in 1998. Moreover, the number of people travelling for business also gradually increased - just over three thousand in 1994 and approximately four thousand four years later. Finally, visiting abroad for meeting friends and relatives showed a steady increase till 1997, when more than one thousand British visited abroad for that reason. All the reasons combined, more than twenty thousand British travelled abroad in 1994 and this number grew by almost nine thousand in just four years. 

In addition, Western Europe was the favourite destination of those travellers as nearly eighteen thousand travelled to this destination in 1994 while the rest, nearly four thousand, went to other places. North America seemed the second most common destination for those travellers during this period.


Model Answer 2:
The table data compares the figures of a research on why UK residents visited overseas from 1994 to 1998, and the bar chart illustrates where they travelled during these five years.

As a whole, the majority of the UK citizens travelled abroad for holiday making, business and visiting friends and relatives, and Western Europe was their most favourable destination.

By looking at the table, it can be seen that generally there was a growing tendency for the UK people to travel into other countries from 1994 to 1998. During the second year, in 1995, the total number of travellers marginally declined from just over 22000 to nearly 21500; however, it steadily grew and reached the peak of approximately 29000 in the year 1998.

These people gradually became more interested in traveling to all three regions during this period, but Western Europe was the best option. In 1994, just below 20,000 of the UK citizens went into Western Europe, compared with only almost 1000 into the North America. Furthermore, after a small drop in 1995, the population of Western Europe visitors remarkably increased and reached the maximum of above 24000 in 1998, which was far more significant than the other two locations.

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Sample Answer 3:
The provided charts show the data of a survey conducted on 100,000 people and the statistics shows the number of UK citizen travelled abroad during 1994 to 1998 for different purposes and their destinations. As is observed from the given graphs, most of the UK residents travelled on their holidays and Western Europe was their most favourite destination.

Initially, in 1994, more than 22 thousand UK resident traveled different foreign countries and among them, more than 15 thousand went on their holidays. For business tours, more than 3 thousand people travelled in other countries in the same year while more than 2 thousand people visited their friends and relatives. After 1 year, this number slightly decreased and for the rest of the years until 1998, the number steadily increased in almost all of the categories. Finally, in 1998, the total traveler number reached to more than 28 thousand and among them, more than twenty thousand people travelled to enjoy their holidays.

In 1994, almost 18 thousand people out of 22 thousand went to Western Europe which is significantly larger than the number of people traveled to North America and other parts of the world. The similar trends can be observed for the remaining years and the majority people of the UK went to Western Europe which makes this place the most popular tourist’s destination of UK people.

( This model answer can be followed as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)

Sample Answer 4:
The supplied charts depict an outcome of a survey conducted among 100,000 people and the survey asks the reason behind the journey and preferred destinations between the periods of 1994 and 1998.

In the first graph, in 1994, the holiday was the most significant reason behind the United Kingdom citizen's travel and it accounted 15.246 people whereas, 982 people were traveled because of unspecified reasons. Interestingly, in the case of business and visit to friends and relatives, almost an equal number of people visited 3115 and 2689 respectively. In the number of holiday goers, though, there was a slight decrease in the figure in 1995, rest of the years there was a gradual increase in the account and reached above 20 thousand. In spite of some downward trends in the initial year (1995), there was a marginal increase in all the categories.

From the year 1994 to 1998, it is clearly seen the trend that North America and other areas obtained a rock bottom position with less than 2000 people. On the contrary, the number of visitors to Europe at a zenith level with around 20,000 per year, besides it showed a gradual hike in the total number of visitors to all the three destinations.

[ Written by - Tony ]

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William Sean Wiyogo
The presented table data enumerates the number of UK residents who visited abroad for different purposes like holiday making, business, visiting friends, and other reasons from 1994 to 1998. The bar graph, moreover, illustrates their destinations (Western Europe, North America, and other areas).

As is observed from the table data, the holiday making was the most common reason for Brits to travel abroad. Furthermore, Western Europe was the most visited destination by them.

While taking into consideration, the number of British citizens who travelled abroad for holiday had increased gradually apart from 1995, when it declined marginally. The rise was slightly below 2000 people each year and it was rocketed in 1996. Besides, for business travel, the number had not changed dramatically which was at the onset around 3000 to below 4000 people in 5 years different. The reason for visiting friends and relatives only had mildly climbed which was 500 people in 5 years.

Moreover, most people's destination was Western Europe, and it remained so for 5 years. The difference between Western Europe and North America as travel destinations by Brits was more than 20000 people. The peak of UK visitors who came to Western Europe was in 1998 which was slightly below 25,000 people.

Hoang Yen
Very good!!!
The illustrations provide data about the results obtained from a survey that gathered information regarding reasons for travelling, as well as the most popular travel destinations among UK residents in 5 years, from 1994 to 1998. At first glance, it is evident that the number of visits abroad by Brits had constantly increased, except in 1995, when it modestly declined, and that Western Europe was UK travellers' most favourite destination.

In detail, UK residents showed a tendency to travel to other countries mostly for the holidays, and this can be seen in the figures displayed, as it constituted the highest of them all. Initially, it started over 15,000 visits, and increased gradually throughout the years, reaching 20,700 visits in 1998. In contrast, people in the UK tended to travel less for business and visiting family and friends. The figures for both reasons also grew slightly, starting at over 3,155, and 2,689, climbing to 3,957, and 3,181, visits in 1998, respectively. Finally, British people travelled the least for reasons other than the ones mentioned in the graph.

Moreover, a significant majority of UK citizens chose Western Europe as their favourite destination these years, and a very small minority of them visited North America and other destinations.

Nitin Sharma
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Mohamed Alaa
The given illustrations compare the number of British travellers according to the reason for their trips and their destinations. It can be seen that from 1994-1998, the number of passengers gradually increased and that most of them preferred taking their vacations in Western Europe.

According to the first chart, the number of visitors rose by about 6000 visitors from 1994 to 1998 to become exactly 28,828. However, there was a little drop in 1995. The most common purpose for these trips was spending the holiday and there was a moderate portion that was interested in travelling for business and for visiting their relatives and friends but that was a lot more than those who travelled for other reasons.

On the other hand, the bar chart reveals that the most dominant goal was visiting Western Europe, this area experienced an increase in the number of UK tourists with roughly 5,000 passengers to reach 25,000 in only four years. Finally, there was a slow rise in the number of visitors who went to North America and other areas around the world, but it did not exceed 2500 people.

Ankit Paul
Table data sounds redundant, the holidays? Hmm, I think holiday only. Over the five years, omit 'the', second need for flying overseas (this sounds confusing, had travelled (past perfect), had a drop=dropped, have preferred (present perfect). Having a summary at the bottom may look like a conclusion, I suggest to have it at between introduction and first body paragraph.
peachyvhon@gmai, it should be increased dramatically (VERB+ADVERB). One more thing, a dramatic increase (adjective+noun ). I took the IELTS a year ago and found out some of my mistakes. I suggest that you should be careful on these as it is pretty awkward to read.
These answers really help me. Moreover, they help me to prepare for my IELTS test.
Navid Agha
The provided data illustrates the destinations and reasons behind travelling abroad of 100,000 UK residents between the period 1994 and 1998. Destinations are classified into 3 regions- Western Europe, North America and other areas and the purposes of visits are assorted in 4 reasons - Holiday, Business, Visits to friends and relatives and other reasons. By looking at the table as a whole it can be seen that apart from 1995, the number of overseas visitors over the period increased. Visitors number in 1994 was just over 22000 and after an insignificant drop it reached to above 21000, the number of travellers reached around 29000 in 1998 with a steady upsurge. The major purpose of travelling abroad by the UK residents was holiday making. The bar reveals that English were more interested in Western Europe than North America. In 1994, just below 20 thousand people out of 22 thousand went to Western Europe which was significantly higher than the number of people travelled to North America and other parts of the world. A slight decline in 1995 was witnessed and the gradual increase occurred to each destination and the number of travellers in 1998 met just sort than 25000 for Western Europe and approximately just beyond 3000 for North America and Other areas in the world.
Thanks for sharing.
IELTS Mentor
The heading of the First Table is "VISITS ABROAD BY UK RESIDENTS BY PURPOSE OF VISIT (1994-98)". I guess you missed that!
Have they mentioned that the survey is conducted in the UK? Did I miss something?
We have one table and another illustration that show the results of a survey which sampled a cross-section of 100,000 people asking if they travelled abroad and their destination for years 1994-98. The provided table comprised different reasons and destinations of people who travelled in 4 categories Holiday, Business, Visits to friends and relatives and other reasons. As is presented holiday formed the most common purpose of holiday and business is after that with a big gap in number. Other reasons stabled almost and fluctuated in specific range, for example, this reason after a fall in 1995, increased and reached to pick with the number 1054 in 1997,then in 1998 again decreased to under 1000, 990.On other hand the presented graph depicted the number of people who had chosen Western Europe increased continuously (except in 1995) and had the most ratio between other places.In summary, the total number of visitors increased steadily from 22000 in 1994 to more than 28000 in 1998 and Western Europe had the most proportion of these tourists with more than 80 percents between other sides according to the graph.
Given charts show the survey results which were obtained by asking 100000 UK citizens about purposes and destinations of their oversea trips in a period of 5 years since 1994. There are two noticeable things: the most of the British travelled on their holidays, and their most frequent destination was Western Europe.There was an increasing trend in the number of UK travellers from 1994 with 22072 points to 1998 28828 points except 1995 when the figure slightly dropped. The number of people who travelled on business was increasing during the entire period without any fluctuations (from 3155 to 3957). Similarly, those who were visiting friends and relatives increased from 2689 to 3181. However, the number of people who had other reasons to travel abroad was nearly constant at 1000.In addition, very famous direction to go was Western Europe. It showed rising trend within given period started with approximately 19500 people and finished by roughly 24500 travellers. On the other hand, on the overall scale other destinations, namely North America and other areas were insignificant (less than 2500 respondents in total).
The table data gives statistical information on why the UK residents travelled abroad over a period of five years, commencing from 1994. The bar chart, on the other hand, gives data on the destinations for the UK tourists. Overall, the number of UK people travelled abroad increased over the five years Western Europe was their favourite destination. According to the table, the major reason for travelling abroad for the British was the holidays, for which 15,246 tourists travelled other countries in 1994 and 20,700 in 1998. Travelling for corporate purposes stands the second need for flying overseas throughout the five years. Approximately three out of hundred British had travelled to meet their friends. It is interesting to notice that the number of people travelling for different reasons had a drop in 1995 except for business tours.Throughout the five years, UK citizens have preferred Western Europe as their favourite travel destination. About 15,000 to 20,000 tourists visited Western Europe in 1994-95, which increased gradually to reach more than 20,000 in the later years till 1998. On the contrary, North America and other areas were of least choice, where no more than 3-4 Uk tourists travelled over the period. To summarise, the number of UK citizens travelling abroad grew in five years with the majority of them travelling to Western Europe.
Dear Sara, that was a typo I guess and seems like they have corrected it now!
Am I wrong or is there a very serious mistake in the first sentence?!? "The provided charts showS.."??!
Where are 100,000 people in Introduction? Why we have it?
Sylvia Loo
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