GT Writing Task 1: Sample 37 - Last month you had an overseas holiday with some friends

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Last month you had an overseas holiday with some friends where you stayed at their house. They have just sent you some holiday photos.

Write a letter to your friends. In your letter:

  • thank them for the holiday and the photos
  • explain why you didn’t write earlier
  • invite them to come and stay with you

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ............

Model Answer 1:

Dear David, James & Ethan,

Hope you all are doing great. I cannot express how much I enjoyed my time with you guys and how terribly I miss those days. I received your letter yesterday and was quite surprised to find some of the best pictures we took during our holiday in Singapore inside the envelope.

I guess this is the best opportunity to thank you for a great holiday and the fabulous pictures that would remind me of a grand tour to Singapore. As soon as I got back to Australia, I got busy with my thesis paper that I am supposed to submit before the end of the current semester. This is my last semester at the university and I will be free for a while after that and I would love to have you at my place.

Why don't you all come and visit me at the end of this December? I am sure we will have a magnificent time together.

Stay fine and keep in touch.

Warm wishes,


Model Answer 2:

Dear Emma and Jenifer,

I cannot thank you enough for the hospitality you have shown me during my stay at your house. Also, I am writing to say thanks for the great photos you have couriered me. I am hoping you two would visit me during the summer vacation.

I was greatly surprised by the beauty of Venice, Italy and the days I spent with you, each day was magical. The fabulous canals in Venice lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces were heavenly. However, you two had been excellent hosts and I can never express how much I enjoyed my time with you. A huge thank you for making my holidays special and sending some of the very best photos we took during this holiday.

My apology for not writing to you earlier. I had been busy with office and I guess you already know how sometimes I struggle to manage everything in my life. I had to travel to Brisbane twice to meet my mom whose health condition is deteriorating these days.

I would love to have you both with me during the summer vacation. Please plan for the trip and I am sure you will enjoy your time in Australia. Take care and stay fine.

Warm wishes,


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Thanks for a good sample on GT IELTS writing task 1. This would be very helpful for others (IELTS students) as well.