Describe a short trip that you often take but you do not like IELTS cue card

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a short trip that you often take but you do not like.

You should say
Where you go?
Why you go there?
When you go there?
Explain why you do not like this trip?

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 Answers and follow up questions to describe a short trip that you often take but you do not like IELTS cue card:

Model Answer 1:

Where you go? and When you go there? 
A short trip that I often and regularly take is a trip to my maternal grandfather’s home. I love to visit my grandparents, and I look forward to it, but I dislike the journey and its activities. So it is a trip with a mixed feeling. I go to a place called _______, which is almost 45 kilometers away from where I live. I go there every fortnight. I stay there for two days, and I go by public transport. 

Why you go there? 
I go there by compulsion and by force. I don’t have any choice. I help my grandparents with banking work, buy groceries and vegetables, and regularly visit the doctors. I also help them pay their bills and clean their home. I take them to the park, and we also visit our place of worship together. I intend to spend quality time with them and help them in their domestic chores. I enjoy their company a lot. 

Explain why you do not like this trip? 
I do not like to take these frequent short trips for many reasons. Although the destination is worth it, the journey is very bumpy. The road is congested, and the bus stops frequently. It is a sheer waste of my time. It is also an unnecessary expense. There are lots of mosquitoes at my grandparent’s home, and I am afraid of that too. I feel uncomfortable there as I am habituated to sleeping on my bed. 

Overall, these trips are very tiring and stressful for me. I can neither read nor listen to music on the way due to overcrowded bus. However, I love my grandparents a lot, and I can face any hardships for them. I am trying to convince them to come and stay with us forever so that I can get rid of these irritating and tedious trips. They are very attached to their home, so they disagree with me. I want to be with them, but I do not like the experience of going there and coming back. 

Model Answer 2:

Where you go?

  • Honestly speaking, I love travelling and it doesn’t matter how long the trip is. But there are some areas where I go often, but I don’t like much.
  • Today I will talk about a gym located near my home where I go daily, but I do not like it.

Why you go there? and When you go there?

  • Five years ago, I was slip from the stairs.
  • At that time, I ignored my injury, but now I am suffering through much pain due to the weakness.
  • One of my friends suggested a gym where the instructor teaches and exercises simple but effective backbone exercises.
  • I registered my name and gave two month’s fee in advance.

Explain why you do not like this trip?

  • I go there daily early in the morning. After a week, I realize I got relieved in back pain. • I felt pleased and satisfied.
  • Unfortunately, the gym instructor changed.
  • The old trainer was a very nice natured person and gave instructions very calmly and slowly, but new sir is very strict and rude.
  • He wants everything perfect and on time. He also punished me on getting late.
  • I am helpless because I can not leave the gym as I already filled fee for two months, and 15 days are still left for two months.

Model Answer 3:


  • I live in Phagwara, but I have joined a weekend computer course at Jalandhar.

Where you go? and Why you go there?

  • I have enrolled for this course at a very prestigious Institute as it will help me get a good certificate and eventually a job.

When you go there?

  • So, every Saturday morning I have to wake up at 5:30 and start by 6:30 a.m. from my home.

Explain why you do not like this trip?

  • Most of the time I wake up late because I don’t like getting up early at the weekends.
  • Distance between the two cities is not much, but there is much traffic on this road and to make matters worse, there are many flyovers that are under construction.
  • Last year I used to travel by public transport, but now due to covid-19 restrictions I have to drive my car, and most of the time I get stuck in a traffic jam.
  • Whenever I get stuck, I usually miss the first half an hour or at least 15-20 minutes of my class.
  • Invariably, I get stuck at one bottleneck of the traffic or another.
  • I do know like about this journey because when people are aware that traffic is not moving, they start honking.
  • When I hear the loud horns, I start having a headache, and I feel irritated.
  • Sometimes the idle engines at the traffic lights also create a lot of noise, and the engine’s emissions spoil my morning peace.


  • My course will finish in March, and I am waiting for the day I sit for my exam.
  • It will be such a significant relief as I will not have to make this journey every weekend again.

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 short trip that you often take but you do not like”.

1. Do Indian people like to travel abroad?
Yes, Indian people like to travel and explore a lot. Indian travelers have been travelling to various countries in Southeast Asia and Europe for many centuries. Now the youngsters have more disposable income, so they make short trips to different countries with their friends.
People are very busy at work. Sometimes, they are frustrated by their everyday lives , so to get away from their monotonous people’s hustle and bustle, preferring to travel to foreign countries to enjoy their holidays. Nowadays youngster not only goes abroad for holidays but they go there for higher education also.

2. How much time do you think people should spend on a trip abroad?
Well! It depends on the purpose of the trip. Sometimes if it is an excursion, it can be just two-three days or maybe a week, but when you have visited a country to study its culture, you may have to stay there for months. On average, I think two weeks are enough to visit a country.
Well, it depends upon the time and the reason for a trip. If people go abroad for holidays then I think one week is enough for it, but if someone goes to another country for official work then I think two to three days are enough and for research and study more than two months people could spend in another nation.

3. Who prefers travelling abroad, the young or the old?
The young and the old both love to travel abroad, provided there are no health issues for older people, and enough funding for young ones. In my family, my father makes a trip abroad every year. Sometimes he visits to meet my siblings residing there and on other occasions just to see another country. My younger brother also makes frequent trips abroad. So I think we all love to travel abroad regardless of age.
I think young people love travelling more than older people because they are physically fit, but older adults suffer from health issues, so they face problems during travelling. Young people make frequent trips abroad.

4. Which is better for knowing more about a country travelling or reading books about it?
There is no better learning than travelling. When you travel to a new country, you can soak in the culture, learn a language, try the cuisine, and get a first-hand experience. As compared to this, when you read a book, you are getting a secondhand experience, and you are visualizing or imagining the details narrated by another person or another author.
I think travelling is more important than reading books to understand people and the world/ different countries. A book about another country only tells you about things such as the country’s history, its people living style and its culture in a very general way but travelling gives a real experience.

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