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

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Last month you had a holiday overseas where you stayed with some friends. 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 that I spent with you. I received your letter yesterday and was quite surprised to find some of the best pictures we took during our holiday in Singapore.

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 in 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 the 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,



Sample Answer 3:

Dear Phillip,

It is so great to hear from you guys! Hope you all are doing fine. Just so you know, I am so happy and glad that you have sent me all those fabulous pictures from our short-lived but precious holidays that we enjoyed in your country last month.

No doubt, your country, Italy, is way more exotic and beautiful than I initially expected. The food, lakes, coastline, colosseums, Venice canals, streets, shopping mall – all were so amazingly gorgeous! By the way, I would also like to especially thank you for organizing the trip to Venice canals for me because I thought that I was too tired to visit that exceptionally dreamy place. You all look so great in those pictures!

However, I am so sorry that I could not write to you earlier as I got insanely busy with my works, emails and papers which I needed to take care of immediately after coming back from that holiday. But, I surely would like for all of you to come and visit me in the next month when my office will remain closed for a few days.

Yours sincerely,

Roger Stone

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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.