Describe an important journey that was delayed

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an important journey that was delayed.

You should say:
Why was it important?
What caused the delay?
What happened at the end?

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:

Introduction :

I believe that everyone should spare time to explore different places. Even my family loves to do so. Once a year, we all make a plan to visit new places. Last year, we planned to visit all renowned Sikh religious places of Punjab. We all were delighted to attend there. We decided to cover the distance by car.

Why was it important?

This was in July, and it was an essential journey for us because we all family members usually remain busy in our work most of the time. Only in July, everyone gets some free time to enjoy properly with family members. Moreover, at the end of July, my brother was moving to abroad for higher studies. We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to spend that precious time together because my brother would be away for at least three years. So, the journey started at crack of dawn. We decided to visit “Sri Anandpur Sahib” at first. Sudden! Our car stopped working 7 km away from our destination.

What caused the delay?

Even though my father has proper knowledge about how to handle a car break down, that day, it was really hard for him to find the problem. At last, he googled about nearby mechanics and luckily there was a repair shop stone’s throw away from that place. Still, it took 1 hour to solve the issue. Just after 3 km from there, we got to know that there was work under construction and we had to travel by alternative path. That means spending an extra 3 hours to reach our destination, which was not a good idea. My brother wanted to take blessing from “Gurudwara Sahib” before moving abroad.

What happened at the end?

Besides this, my grandfather wanted to take us there so that we keep connected with our roots. However, if we had continued the journey, it would have been tiring for my father to drive. That’s why we decided to visit only one Sikh religious place that day. Everyone agreed with this decision. As we reached late in the evening, we decided to stay there for a night.

Conclusion :

Still, we all were happy that we enjoyed that day even after our journey delayed.

Vocabularies and idioms that used in this model answer :

  • Renowned: famous 
    • Ex. Britain is renowned for its love of animals.
  • Delighted: extremely pleased
    • Ex. a delighted smile.
  • Explore: to travel around a place etc. to learn about it
    • Ex. he explored the Fontainebleau forest.
  • Crack of dawn: very early in the morning
    • Ex. I’ve been up since the crack of dawn.
  • Stone’s throw away: nearby
    • Ex. The ocean is a stone’s throw away!

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