Describe a journey that did not go as planned

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a journey that did not go as planned.

You should say:
Where you went?
Who you went with?
What you did?
and explain why you disliked this journey?

Note: 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

Planning is important for every task, but sometimes it doesn’t work due to unfavourable conditions.

Where you went? and Who you went with?
Here, I would like to discuss the trip which I planned well with my friends, but everything went in vain. It was time for summer vacations, our exams were over, and we wanted to spend the summer doing something exciting. So, we planned to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. We decided to cover the entire journey by car. Everything was smooth and fine, but suddenly in a middle way, we saw the road was blocked due to some construction work.

What you did?
There was no hotel or any roadside eatery, so we had to choose another way to reach Agra. The other route was damn long, and the traffic was so congested that the journey of 3 hours took more than 6 hours. We were badly tired and feeling sleepy after such a long drive. After reaching Agra, even taj mahal was jam-packed with people. No one admired the beauty of Taj as people were busy clicking photographs of it to post on social media.

and explain why you disliked this journey?
Due to these reasons, our excitement vanished, and our most waiting trip became a boring trip as nothing went according to the plan.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a journey that did not go as planned”.

1. Are there any special places for visiting in India?
India is a diverse country. There are many historical places in India which describe histor very well, such as Red Fort, Taj Mahal and many more. Along with historical sites, there are many natural, and human-made places are also in India like hill stations, art galleries and museums.

2. Do Indian people like to travel abroad?
Well, every human being has a wish to travel abroad, but because of money they can’t go, but still, many people in my Country travel abroad. Some travel for business purpose and some travel with their families.

3. What can people benefit travelling?
People can benefit a lot from travelling. When people travel from one place to another, they get a chance to meet new people, to experience a new culture and language. They also spread their own culture and language on a new location. People can increase their knowledge by learning about the historical facts of the new place.

4. Do you like to travel on your own or with your family?
Well, it depends on time and situation. I mean to say whenever I have some official work then I travel alone, but most of the time I love to travel with family because I not only feel secure but get chance to spend time with them also.

5. Do people prefer short or long trips?
It is people’s personal choice which trip they like or can say which trip they can afford. According to my perception, adults prefer short trip because they want to take a break from their work and short trips help to collect some new and fresh energy, but children are free from all responsibilities, so they want to go on a long journey.

6. What kinds of problems would people have when they go on a long trip?
People face many problems such as weather problem, vehicle problem, food problem, language problem and accommodation problem.

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