Describe An Important Journey That Was Delayed

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task 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 1:

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.

Model Answer 2:

Every person has many journeys in their life. Some are regular, everyday trips, and others are more special. Today, I want to share a story about one of my special journeys. This was an important trip for me, but it was delayed.

Why was it important?
This journey was a trip to Pune, a city in India. Pune is known for its lively atmosphere, beautiful places, and friendly people. But the main reason this trip was important was because of who I was going to meet there – my best friend, Ravi. We had not seen each other in several years, and I was really looking forward to catching up with him.

What caused the delay?
Everything was set for my journey. My bags were packed, my train tickets were in my hand, and I was excited. But when I arrived at the train station, I noticed something unusual.

There were a lot of people waiting, looking anxious. Then, the announcement came – due to heavy rain, all trains were delayed. My heart sank. I knew I had no choice but to wait and hope that the rain would stop soon.

What happened at the end?
Hours passed, but finally, the rain started to lessen. Slowly, the trains began to move again. My train was very late, but at least it arrived. When I finally reached Pune, it was already dark.

But, despite the late hour, Ravi was waiting for me at the station. Although the journey had been longer and more stressful than we had planned, we made the most of our time together. We explored Pune, visited famous sites, tried delicious local food, and most importantly, reconnected as friends.

That journey taught me a valuable lesson – things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes, there are unexpected delays and issues. But it’s how we handle these situations that matters.

In the end, it’s not just about reaching our destination, but also about the journey itself and the experiences we gain along the way. Despite the delay, my trip to Pune remains one of my most memorable journeys, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

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