IELTS Writing 12 Topics Sample #7/12 : Tourism 01

Space travel has been possible for some time and some people believe that space tourism could be developed in the future.
Do you think it is a positive or negative development?

Opinion 1

Although space tourism could certainly be accessible to more people someday, it is going to
be extremely expensive to do that. I highly doubt whether the expenses of developing space tourism will outweigh any possible benefits

Space travel, as it exists today, is very expensive. The countries who sponsor space travel are doing so mostly for exploratory purposes Trips to planets such as Mars or trips to the moon are very expensive. These space trips require a huge budget that most of the worlds governments have chosen not to sponsor them.

On the other hand, if space tourism was ever available, some people would certainly be interested to travel in space. There are people who are curious and adventurous and I am sure they would be interested to see what is out in space.

That being said, such ventures would probably be available to only the very rich. And it is doubtful that governments would be interested in space tourism because of the costs involved and because the benefits of space tourism to a government would be minimal. If space tourism ever became a reality, it is likely that it would be a private enterprise, not a government enterprise. Even then, it would have to be a very prosperous enterprise to be able to pay the initial costs involved in developing space vehicles, and launching pads and ports. And, at least until the safety of such space trips has been proven, it is unlikely that any private enterprise will decide to become involved in space tourism.

Although space tourism is possible someday, it is unlikely to be any time soon as costs are prohibitive and risk factors are high.


Opinion 2

Space travel, from my point of view, is a positive development to a large extent, in spite of some concerns and uncertainty.

It is certainty mind-opening experience with the access to the world outside the Earth. No one can ever imagine what it is really like in the universe in spite of seeing it from videos and books. For all age groups, space travel satisfies their curiosity towards stars, other space has.

But I understand that it could be difficult to make it really happen. There are a lot of things that we should take into consideration. Mostly, it is questionable that travelers’ safety can be fully protected considering potential threats like exposure to radioactive substances,unknown creatures and challenges on their physical conditions. Another concern is whether tourists will do the right things such as being aware of proper waste disposal and follow instructions. These are just some of the concerns that need to be addressed. Of course the government and companies who run the business will have to think and plan carefully to reduce the risks and take measures timely to prevent any unexpected incidents or uncontrollable damages.

Space travel is significantly exciting because we will be exposed to a completely new environmental where everyone can learn so much about the universe i look forward to the day that ordinary people can afford to go. But at the same time, it needs a thorough evaluation and investigation, in order to make sure that space travel will be safe and enjoyable for all the tourists.