IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #33 Describe a trip you plan to take in the near future

Describe a trip you plan to take in the near future.
When possibly it will be
Where would you go
What preparation do you need for that trip? And explain why this would be a special trip.

Sample answer:

Today, I’m going to share with you a place where I usually hang out with my sister. It is a small café which is quite far from the center of this city. As an undergraduate, my schedule is pretty busy so it is really hard to travel to another place. However, at weekends, I always try to save time for my little trip to this café.

The coffee house is located on the top of a hill surrounded by a lot of fields. Additionally, it is decorated with antique decorations, which makes the atmosphere become so cozy. I am also pleased with this place because the waitresses here are hospitable as well as friendly. Therefore, I always feel welcomed whenever I go to this café. Finally, it serves a wide variety of refreshment for customers to choose which one they prefer the most.

There are many reasons explaining why I am into this café. Firstly, because this place is in the suburbs, it offers me an opportunity to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. I find myself comfortable to chat with my sibling or simply enjoy the tranquil views.
Secondly, this is an ideal place for me to review all lessons before my upcoming exams. I always drink a cup of coffee during break times to relax after studying for a long time.

Follow-up questions:

  1. What problems can people have when they are on their journey, for example to work or school? Why is this?
    I think lesser known places are more fun. You can research those places and determine what’s interesting there and then go and do what you want there without tons of people in line like a crowded traffic jam in downtown Guangzhou at rush hour. Like I told you previously, I’ve been to Sichuan Province before to experience the food and beautiful scenery there and the places I’ve gone to there were never overly crowded and I had a wonderful time there soaking in the scenery and eating the yummy food.
  2. Do people prefer short trips or long trips?
    These days I prefer to take longer trips than shorter trips. With the longer trips I like to take 9 to 10 days because the places I go are usually outside of China for the past 2 years. In this way after you get on and off the plane to a place like Thailand or also in my case Australia to check out the schools there and to tour around you lose 2 days just in traveling. After the jet lag I want to relax and take my time in the city where I’m staying so relaxation is the key thing when I go on a trip and that’s why I like longer trips these days.
  3. What kinds of problems would people have when they go on a long trip?
    Probably forgetting something is one of your biggest problems when you’re taking a long trip. My parents had a trip out to the United States last year to visit my sister in university and my father forgot to bring his medicine for his diabetes and so he had to visit a hospital there to get a blood test done and get his prescription filled. Likewise, my mother forgot her wallet that has all of her credit cards on that trip so my father had to go shopping with her to all of the stores so that they could use his credit card.
  4. What do you think people can learn from travelling to other countries?
    The best thing is the experience of dealing with everything, from the planning, the actual travel and then dealing with other people in a different country. It’s life experience and appreciating how people do things in other parts of the world is very important, especially in today’s global marketplace.The more varied your experience is the better it is for you as an individual. That’s why language skills can be so important too. Traveling to other countries teaches you to plan, prepare, adapt and think on your feet as well as solve problems on your own sometimes. It makes you more independent and resourceful. But most importantly it gives you a better understanding of the world you live in.
  5. Can travel make a positive difference to the economy of a country? How?
    Absolutely, there are many countries which rely on travel for tourism or business. In fact, in some countries tourism is the main industry so without international travel their economies would probably be in big problems. It’s not just the travel, it’s the whole range of services and jobs which support the travel such as transport, accommodation, restaurants and so on.
  6. Do you think a society can benefit if its members have experience of travelling to other countries? In what ways?
    Yes, because when people travel they see other things which maybe aren’t normal in their own country and they may be like them or don’t like them, so they can either appreciate their own country more or perhaps try to improve it by introducing new ideas or ways of doing things which they have seen in other places.All it takes is for someone to see something they like and then copy the idea in their own country, it might be as simple as a style of cafe or bar, or as complex as a transport system,but without having travelled and seen something different it probably would never have happened.

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