Travelling, Tourism, Holidays – IELTS Speaking Questions (Part 1, 2, 3) & Suggested Answers
- 1 Speaking Part 1
- 1.0.1 1 Do you like travelling?
- 1.0.2 2 Whom do you often spend the holiday with?
- 1.0.3 3 Have you done much travelling?
- 1.0.4 4 What kind of places have you visited in your life?
- 1.0.5 5 When you visit new places, what do you like to do?
- 1.0.6 6 Do you prefer travelling alone or in a group?
- 1.0.7 7 Do you often travel abroad?
- 1.0.8 8 In which seasons do you prefer to travel?
- 1.0.9 9 What is the best season to travel in your country?
- 1.0.10 10 Would you say your country is a good place for travellers to visit?
- 1.0.11 11 What would you recommend a foreigner to visit in your country?
- 1.0.12 12 What places would you like to visit in the future?
- 1.0.13 13 How much time do you spend travelling on a normal day?
- 1.0.14 14 What do you do while you are travelling?
- 1.0.15 15 Do you think your hometown is a good place for a holiday?
- 2 Speaking Part 2
- 2.1 Sample Answer
- 2.2 Vocabulary for Cue card
- 2.3 Sample Answer
- 2.4 Vocabulary for Cue card
- 2.5 Sample Answer
- 2.6 Vocabulary for Cue card
- 2.7 Sample Answer
- 2.8 Vocabulary for Cue card
- 2.9 Sample Answer
- 2.10 Vocabulary for Cue card
- 2.11 Sample Answer
- 2.12 Vocabulary for Cue card
- 2.13 Sample Answer
- 2.14 Vocabulary for Cue card
- 3 Speaking Part 3
- 3.1 Travelling
- 3.1.1 1 Do people in your country like to travel?
- 3.1.2 2 How has travelling changed, compared to several decades ago?
- 3.1.3 3 When do people travel (as tourists), whom do they usually go with?
- 3.1.4 4 Do you think travel can (or, does) change people’s ways of thinking?
- 3.1.5 5 What are the disadvantages of not travelling?
- 3.2 Travelling in cities
- 3.2.1 6 How do most people in your country travel to work?
- 3.2.2 7 People in cities used to like living downtown but now they prefer to live in the suburbs. Can you explain why?
- 3.2.3 8 What is the impact of vehicles on people’s lives?
- 3.2.4 9 Do people in your country prefer to walk or take a car for short trips?
- 3.2.5 10 How can big cities deal with the problem of having many people crowded in the same place?
- 3.2.6 11 Are there any connections between transportation and the environment?
- 3.2.7 12 Does your hometown have problems connected to transportation??
- 3.2.8 13 How could these problems be solved?
- 3.2.9 14 Is cycling very popular in your city?
- 3.2.10 15 What are the differences between travelling by car and travelling by bicycle in a city?
- 3.2.11 16 What are the advantages and disadvantages of cycling in the city?
- 3.2.12 17 How could the government encourage more people to use bicycles in the city?
- 3.2.13 18 What are the benefits of having a good public transportation system in a city?
- 3.2.14 19 How will transportation in cities change in the future?
- 3.3 International travel
- 3.4 Traffic congestion in cities
- 3.5 Long-distance travel
- 3.5.1 26 What are some of the reasons why people travel long distances?
- 3.5.2 27 Is it easier to travel long distances today than in the past? (Why?)
- 3.5.3 28 How does long-distance travel today differ from the past?
- 3.5.4 29 What effects does long-distance travel have on people?
- 3.5.5 30 Can long-distance travel ever create problems for people?
- 3.5.6 31 Does long-distance travel have any effect on the environment?
- 3.5.7 32 How might long-distance travel change in the future?
- 3.5.8 33 How would it be like to travel to space?
- 3.5.9 34 What are the problems people might experience when going on a trip and what could be done to avoid/solve these problems?
- 3.6 Preparing for a trip
- 3.6.1 35 Is it important for travelers to carefully plan the trip?
- 3.6.2 36 What are the differences between a well-planned trip and a trip that is not well-planned?
- 3.6.3 37 In general, what factors should people consider when planning a trip?
- 3.6.4 38 What essential things do people need to take when they go on a trip?
- 3.6.5 39 Do you think there are any differences between men and women when they plan a trip?
- 3.6.6 40 People with different personalities sometimes plan or prepare for a trip differently. Can you give some examples of this?
- 3.6.7 41 How do people find information about places to travel to?
- 3.6.8 42 What factors would people consider when preparing for a trip?
- 3.7 Travelling differences
- 3.7.1 43 If you were travelling with friends, what qualities would you like them to have?
- 3.7.2 44 Some people prefer to go on guided tours when they travel while others prefer to travel individually. Which do you think is better?
- 3.7.3 45 What are the different means of transport that a person can choose when travelling?
- 3.7.4 46 In what ways does a person’s wealth affect the quality of that person’s travelling experience?
- 3.7.5 47 Whom do you think learns more from travelling, old people or young people?
- 3.7.6 48 Do you think it’s a good idea to use a credit card when travelling?
- 3.7.7 49 Some people like to take a lot of things with them when they travel and other people prefer to take as little as possible. Why do you think people have this difference?
- 3.8 Tourism
- 3.8.1 50 Do you think the tourism industry is very important?
- 3.8.2 51 What do you think has led to the growth in the tourism industry?
- 3.8.3 52 What benefits does tourism bring to society?
- 3.8.4 53 Are there any problems caused by tourism? How to address these problems?
- 3.8.5 54 How to balance the economic benefits of tourism with the environmental damage that is done by tourism?
- 3.8.6 55 What effects do you think international travel has on the different countries involved?
- 3.8.7 56 How has international travel changed in the past 20 or 30 years?
- 3.8.8 57 Can you suggest some things that people should and should not do when they travel to a foreign country as tourists?
- 3.8.9 58 Do you think that the media has many effects on tourism?
- 3.8.10 59 Some think it’s not necessary to go to tourist places, now that we can see these places on the internet. Do you agree?
- 3.9 Changes in travelling
- 3.10 Modern technology and travel
- 3.11 Vocabulary for Speaking Part 3
- 3.1 Travelling
- 4 Sample answers (Updating)
- 4.1 Suggested answers for part 1
- 4.1.1 Do you like travelling?
- 4.1.2 Whom do you often spend the holiday with?
- 4.1.3 Have you done much travelling?
- 4.1.4 What kind of places have you visited in your life?
- 4.1.5 When you visit new places, what do you like to do?
- 4.1.6 Do you prefer travelling alone or in a group?
- 4.1.7 In which seasons do you prefer to travel?
- 4.1.8 What places would you like to visit in the future?
- 4.2 Related Posts:
- 4.1 Suggested answers for part 1
Here is a list of speaking part 1, 2, 3 questions that IELTS learners shared with us. Try and answer them to prepare yourself for the IELTS test.
Speaking Part 1
1 Do you like travelling?
Yes. Travelling just changes your mind and refreshes you and makes you forget the busy work schedule. When you start enjoying yourself for some time, you get charged up.
2 Whom do you often spend the holiday with?
I often spend my holidays with my cousins at my grandma’s place in Hyderabad which is the capital of Telangana state. We enjoy each other’s company.
3 Have you done much travelling?
Yes. I have. Places which I visited have a very rich heritage and are colourful like Jaipur which is also known as the pink city, Hyderabad which is also a great metropolitan city, Nagpur famous for its oranges, Delhi famous for its shopping centres and food, Punjab famous for its lively atmosphere and etc.
4 What kind of places have you visited in your life?
I have visited almost every type of place where people enjoy their life, places where people have a lot of opportunities to express their creativity, places which are well known for their educational facilities etc.
5 When you visit new places, what do you like to do?
Whenever I visit a place the first thing I do is search about the history or past of that place ,then record the experiences I get there. I write about what I did , what I liked etc. I just jot down in my travel diary so that whenever I open and read it I can relive those memories.
6 Do you prefer travelling alone or in a group?
I prefer travelling in a group as it’s always safe and most affordable. Also when we go on a trip as a group we are bonded with different type of people and make a lot beautiful ,sour and sweet memories.
7 Do you often travel abroad?
I haven’t travelled abroad yet. First I want to tour all places within my country.
8 In which seasons do you prefer to travel?
I prefer travelling in winter because the weather and atmosphere remains cool and soothing and it feels good to travel when it’s cool and soul-satisfying.
9 What is the best season to travel in your country?
The best time to travel in India is in the span of November to February when it is mixed weather. In this period it’s cold and dry simultaneously.
10 Would you say your country is a good place for travellers to visit?
Yes , definitely. India is considered to be one of the best countries to travel to because of its rich and diverse culture. The way the people in India welcome others with such a warm heart is tremendous to be felt.
11 What would you recommend a foreigner to visit in your country?
Each and every place in my country is significant for a particular thing. I would rather suggest a foreigner to tour all over India because there is not even a corner here that isn’t unique.
12 What places would you like to visit in the future?
I would like to visit New York and also Switzerland. These are my most favourite and desired destinations because of their scenic beauty and also the people who are very generous and sweet.
13 How much time do you spend travelling on a normal day?
On normal days I don’t spend much time as you know I’m pursuing my studies and working simultaneously. So it is really difficult to travel on normal days.
14 What do you do while you are travelling?
When travelling in a car I just sit back and enjoy the scenery. When on the train I really prefer sleeping and if I’m travelling by flight I would prefer reading a novel with my music on.
15 Do you think your hometown is a good place for a holiday?
Yes , definitely. My hometown is the best place to visit on a holiday as it has the best scenic views and a lot of places to roam around. Also my hometown is kind of famous for its delicious food and shopping areas.
Speaking Part 2
Describe a tourist attraction you once visited
You should say
- When you visited it
- Where is it situated
- Whom you went with
- and say what about it you like the most
I love to visit places, but due to my busy schedule, I am unable to go out on a lot of trips on holidays. Before the global pandemic started, I visited Sikkim with my family. I don’t clearly remember the exact date ,but it was in the month of May, 2019. It was summer, but the weather was very soothing there. Sikkim is one of the smallest states of India situated in the North eastern part. Since my childhood I was drawn towards mountains more than I was towards the sea. Mountains always used to be peaceful and calm and I think that is the most attractive part of it. We started our journey from Pelling which is a small town in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga. The town is filled with monasteries and waterfalls. Pemayangtse Monastery is another equally important Buddhist shrine in Pelling. I visited the place the same day I visited Khecheopalri Lake,Rimbi fall, Kanchenjunga falls and Singshore bridge. It is the second largest suspension bridge in Asia. The next day we visited Rabdentse Ruins and in the evening we were off to Ravangla. Unfortunately it started to rain so we were unable to visit anything but Temi tea garden on our way to ravangla. The next day we were off to Gangtok. We stayed there and went out on alternative days for sightseeing. We visited Tsomgo lake, Seven Sisters waterfall, Banjhakri falls, Rumtek monastery. The days we were not sightseeing, we used to spend quality time in the Gangtok “mail” which they used to call their shopping markets. We were unable to visit Nathula Pass as it started to snow heavily. We visited Yumthang-the valley of flowers and the flower shows of Gangtok. The beautiful snow capped mountains, the waterfalls, the monasteries, the lakes, the people and everything was so serene and beautiful. Sikkim increased my love for mountains ever since. I had a memorable trip which I will relive forever.
Vocabulary for Cue card
- Suspension: hanging
Eg: The suspension bridge is beautiful
- Sightseeing: visit places of that area
Eg: She was going sightseeing before she left.
- Relive: to live again
Eg: She was reliving her old memories.
- Monasteries: Buddhist Pilgrimage
Eg: The north east is full of monasteries.
Describe a beautiful place you once visited
You should say
- when you went to this place
- where it was
- whom you went with
- and say why you liked it so much.
I happened to have a trip to Darjeeling a few years back. I don’t exactly remember the perfect date, but it was soon after my class 10 board examination. It was a trip conducted by my school authorities which can be classified as an excursion. Darjeeling is one of the prettiest hill stations in India located in the northern part of West Bengal. It’s all about magnificent views of snow capped Kanchenjunga, streams flowing down the mountain slopes, lovely tea gardens, landscapes with firs, pines & ferns, and all that combined with friendly people and modern yet colonial charm. We took a train from kolkata to NJP station. From there we took a bus that was pre-booked by our tour guide manager. There were fifty students and 8 teachers,along with our tour guides. We were served our lunch packets on the bus. We visited the beautiful himalayan railways aka toy trains. It was so beautiful to get a city ride on a toy train by the side of the mountains, stopping at every beautiful spot. The majestic view of the mountain on one side and the busy lives of people in the city was something worthy of watching. We also visited Batasia loop, Tiger Hill,ropeway,Himalayan Mountaineering Institute , the zoo,Rock Garden and several other places. We stayed there for about a week. On the evening of the fifth day, we were given permission to buy things from the shopping area of Darjeeling. As it was an excursion, it’s needless to say about the amount of fun I had there with my friends. On the sixth day we were off to the NJP station recalling the very new memories and sadness of the ending of our much-awaited trip. We bid our goodbyes to the most beautiful place of our dream, but the art of heaven, named as Darjeeling, will remain cherishable in our heart and brain forever.
Vocabulary for Cue card
- Majestic: having or showing impressive beauty or scale.
Eg: The sight was majestic in its own way
- Excursion: a long trip held by the institution
Eg: our school held an excursion to hyderabad.
- Sightseeing: visit places of that area
Eg: She was going sightseeing before she left.
- Relive: to live again
Eg: She was reliving her moments with her grandmother.
- Art of heaven: very beautiful
Eg: The sketches she makes are like art of heaven
Describe a short trip that you usually make (or, take) but dislike
You should say
- where you travel from and to
- how often you make this trip
- why you make this trip
- and explain why you dislike this trip
Since I study in Bhubaneswar and stay in Kolkata, the trip from home to college is often the trip I dislike to make. The journey from Kolkata to Kalinga is the most disliked journey I have to take every now and then.
I return to Kolkata whenever I get a long holiday in my college and whenever I want to spend some quality time with my family.
Being born and brought up in a bengali family, you are bound to be home-sick. And I’m no exception. Just everytime I get a chance, I pack up and return home. So, I have to make the trip back to Bhubaneswar when the holidays are over.
Whenever I return home, my mother pampers me so much that I always feel reluctant to return to the college hostel and live on my own. Though good food is available in the hostel, it is no match to the home-cooked food. So, whenever It’s time to return to the hostel, the thought of doing everything on my own is the very reason why I dislike travelling. But there’s one more reason too. I have to travel alone most of the time and since this is long, I often get bored by the monotonous journey. I usually travel in 3 tier AC, and the people travelling are on a trip to Puri with their family, which makes me want to return. They are all to themselves, and being a grown up it seems awkward to reach out and start a conversation. Thus the dislike becomes stronger each time.
Vocabulary for Cue card
- home-sick: loving to stay at home.
Eg: She was home-sick.
- homeland: a place where u grew up
Eg: Nadia is my homeland.
- Pamper: give special care
Eg: She often pampers her sisters.
Describe a trip that took longer than you expected.
You should say
- when it happened
- where you were travelling to
- whom you were travelling with
- and explain why it took longer than you expected.
A few years ago, we were on a road trip to Digha. It was my elder sister’s Bachelorette party. There were ten of us, out of which five were her friends, and 5 were cousins. We booked a ten-seater van to travel. It was air-conditioned. If I can recall, it was in 2018.
The first few days flew swiftly. Then, the west winds started. Bengalis call it Kalboishakhi. Storm, rain, and sea never go well together. Beaches were a prohibited place, and we were instructed not to leave the hotel. Thus, we were stuck inside the hotel room and were all to ourselves. The return trip was canceled, and our journey got delayed. But it was the best time of the year. We had parties and were gossiping, recollecting memories, and even were on movie marathons.
We were supposed to return after a week. But we returned after 15 days. Even though the situation was challenging, we were having a good time. The weather was scary near the sea. No tourists were out. But I loved the journey even though it got longer than expected.
So when we returned, we had a lot to plan and organise for my sister’s wedding. But keeping in mind the storm and the sea, we were buckled up for whatever work stress that was about to hit.
Vocabulary for Cue card
- Bachelorette: a celebration one gets before they get married
Eg: She went to a Bachelorette party with her brother.
- Kalboishakhi: the Western storm from Bay of Bengal that hits West Bengal during Summer
Eg: There’s a possibility of kalboishakhi in the next week
- Buckled up: gather up what you dropped; gather courage
Eg: She buckled her up for the upcoming competition
- Delay: got late
Eg: The train got delayed because of the rain.
- Movie marathon: watching a series of movie in a single sitting
Eg: The friends were having a movie marathon.
Describe a trip that didn’t go as you had planned/expected
You should say
- where were you travelling to
- who was travelling with you
- what didn’t happen according to plan
- what did you do there
- and explain how you felt.
Last year we were on a trip to Puri.
It was a trip with my family members. We hadn’t been anywhere for a long time, so we decided on taking a short trip to freshen our moods. My father always has this habit to pre-plan all the places according to the days.
One day, we went sightseeing in Chilka and several other places nearby. It was a long day planned till evening. It was all according to plan until my father decided to take the advice of our driver. He was a localite and knew every road and turn. He was well accustomed to the history of the temples and the places. He suggested we visit a few temples that were really beautiful. He also added that the history of those places was very intriguing.
We returned 3 hours later than we had planned but the journey there was worth the time, we lost. We visited 3 temples, and the driver took us to a small village near Kalinga. We saw handloom works and several other things that will forever stay in our memories.
It was an unnoticed, not so famous village. The people were so humble. We wouldn’t have visited the place if he hadn’t suggested it to us. I had fun, and so did my parents. If I visit Puri next time, I will revisit the place.
Vocabulary for Cue card
- Sightseeing : places inside an area to visit
Eg: She went sightseeing.
- Humble: good and polite
Eg: She was a humble girl
- Localite : local area person
Eg: He was a localite.
- Intriguing: arouse the interest, desire, or curiosity
Eg: The friends were having an intriguing conversation.
A bicycle, motorbike or car trip you would like to go on in the future
You should say
- Where would you like to go
- How would you like to go there
- Whom would you like to go with
- And explain why you would like to go there by car, motorbike or bike
The thing that troubles me more often than not when living in the city is that majority of people are riding motorbikes rather than cars. As a result, most people don’t know how to drive a car, including me, which also annoys me, since I have always wanted to take a road trip across the country. A road trip by car from the south to the north of my country would be tough and adventurous because hundreds of marvelous destinations are waiting to be explored. However, it is worth taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone to truly experience what life has to offer when your legs can still carry you rather than to regret later in your life.
“If you wanna go fast, go alone. If you wanna go far, go together.” It might be fun if you were a lone traveller and didn’t enjoy getting lagged behind your schedule. But, the adventure could be more colourful and unexpected, when you’ve got company, especially during a long journey like the one I prefer. Hence, my choice would be to pick up a close friend or two who share the same vision, the same eagerness to capture the beauty of nature. We would start from the south where we are living and move north. On the go, we could stop by our favorite beaches a little longer than other places because there isn’t anybody who doesn’t have time for juicy coconuts and white sand paradise. Traditional cuisine would also be our utmost priority whenever we reach a new place as the best way to live like a local is to eat like a local. A car is our best choice because it would give us room to comfortably converse with each other and shelter from inclement weather during our journey if any. It is not only about the destinations but also about the time I would love to spend with my dear friends as we would share the same space in a four-wheel vehicle along the road; and at the end of the day, it’s the people that matter.
Vocabulary for Cue card
- more often than not: usually
Eg: More often than not, people get confused with this map.
- take risks: to do something that might be dangerous
Eg: You have to take risks to win.
- have to offer: have something available to be used or appreciated
Eg: She has to offer prayers to God.
- get lagged behind: get fallen behind
Eg: The yellow car got lagged behind.
- cuisine: style of cooking
Eg: She likes Chinese cuisine.
- utmost: greatest; most extreme
Eg: Knowledge is of utmost importance.
- inclement: not pleasant; cold, wet, etc.
Eg: The inclement weather is not safe for flights.
- at the end of the day: in the end, finally
Eg: At the end of the day your hard work pays off.
- shelter: protect or shield from something harmful, especially bad weather
Eg: The birds are in search of a shelter.
You should say
- When and where you went
- Who you went with
- What you did there
- And explain why you think it was enjoyable
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Well, it has been two years since I had my very first motorbike trip with my colleagues to one of the most ancient villages situated in the Northwestern part of our country. And I have to say that it was the most memorable trip that I’ve ever had.
Our group with 3 people made a decision to visit a village because we wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get off the beaten track. Moreover, the village was fairly typical of the countryside in our country, so we wanted to get an insight into the lifestyle of local people there.
We set out for a day trip quite early. I’m always a night owl, not an early bird, so leaving the city at 5 a.m made me feel like I was deprived of sleep. However, I was over the moon shortly after embarking on the trip to the village. This was because on the way to get there, we had a chance to get the magnificent views of breathtaking landscapes which is totally different from the city we are currently living in. After a long drive, we got to the picturesque village which made me feel deliriously happy. We rented some bikes to cycle around the village to feel the vibes of the village. After that, we visited some 400-year-old ancient house and had a look at communal houses where the local people gathered for festival celebrations or public meetings. Then we had lunch and the food was scrumptious . In the afternoon, we joined a cooking class with the villagers who were extremely friendly and clever at making traditional cakes. The highlight of the trip to the village was going to the paddy fields to help the farmers harvest the crop. It was once-in-a-lifetime experience which we really enjoyed. My friend was like a dog with two tails while I was also on cloud nine. We relished everything in the village from the fresh air, cozy ambience to beautiful landscapes such as small houses or paddy fields. We hoped that we can have a longer trip to the countryside down the road if we had more spare time.
Vocabulary for Cue card
- made a decision: Making an agreement to something
Eg: She made a decision.
- get away from the hustle and bustle of the city: go to somewhere peaceful
Eg: She wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- get off the beaten track: get distracted
Eg: She got off the beaten track
- fairly typical of: things of the same type
Eg: It’s fairly typical of her.
- get an insight into: to gain some knowledge about
Eg: She got an insight into the matter
- set out: begin a journey
Eg: She sets out for the journey
- night owl: stays up all night
Eg: She is a night owl
- early bird: wakes up early
Eg: He is an early bird
- deprived of: devoid of
Eg: She is deprived of medicines.
- over the moon: very happy and delighted
Eg: She is over the moon for her success
- embarking on: to begin a journey
Eg: She embarked on a journey to Delhi.
- the magnificent views of breathtaking landscapes: very beautiful sight
Eg: She is awestruck by the magnificent views of breathtaking landscapes.
- picturesque village: Beautiful village
Eg: It’s an picturesque village
- deliriously happy: very happy
Eg: She is deliriously happy.
- feel the vibes: sensing the energy
Eg: I can feel the vibes of winning.
- Scrumptious: delicious
Eg: The meal was scrumptious.
- Once-in-a-lifetime: happening once in your entire lifetime
Eg: One should visit NYC at least once-in-a-lifetime.
- like a dog with two tails: used to emphasize how delighted someone is.
Eg: She is so happy that she is like a dog with two tails
- on cloud nine: very happy
Eg: She is on cloud nine today.
- Ambience: Surrounding and atmosphere
Eg: The ambience is very appealing.
- down the road: down the memory lane
Eg: She went down the road and realised how innocent she had been.
Speaking Part 3
1 Do people in your country like to travel?
Yes, people in India like to travel. India is a colossal country to travel around. There are so many beautiful and adventurous places here. Hence people of India are athirst to travel from one place to another. Indians are always keen on discovering the daring and quixotic moments through travel. Nowadays, Indians mostly travel with friends wherever they get a vacation or a weekend
2 How has travelling changed, compared to several decades ago?
With the growing population and economic growth, India has changed especially in regards to travel. People now travel for uploading travel blogs, pictures or everyday travel videos on social media.The mode of transportation has improved a lot, as travel now is cheaper, comfortable and faster. Nowadays content creators go to places, find stuff and share in social media which is phenomenal. Now travel has become so easy that anyone can go for a long vacation.
3 When do people travel (as tourists), whom do they usually go with?
People usually travel with family friends or loved ones for a weekend to a neighbouring country or for a family vacation or for long travel. There is something within us that triggers us to pack our bags and visit a new place. Tourists mainly visit India, especially the southern part of India, during April – May and December for experiencing the crystal blue waters and soft white sand beaches. Tourists usually visit India with family and friends. Some people come with their loved ones to spend their most adventurous moments of life.
4 Do you think travel can (or, does) change people’s ways of thinking?
I think travel has made people better communicators. It has allowed people to be more patient. Through travelling, people can get to know a lot more about the world around them. Travel increases the desire to meet new people and pushes one to explore all kinds of amazing, admirable things. You become a well-rounded person just by experience. Travelling focuses on a greater sense of empathy and we also gain knowledge about diverse cultures. Interaction with people is another pathway to revitalize our minds. I think travelling really develops a personality. They become less judgemental, more stable, more open-minded, find themselves more optimistic, and don’t panic often.
5 What are the disadvantages of not travelling?
There are many disadvantages of not travelling to a new place. Many educational and health benefits will be missed. We will be unable to learn new cultures and languages. Memories for a lifetime will really pass over. You will not be able to deal with the stress, if you don’t take a break and travel. Also, you cannot sense and appreciate independence. You cannot boost confidence within yourself. You cannot realize your passion if you are not physically exploring places.
Travelling in cities
6 How do most people in your country travel to work?
Most of the people in India own a vehicle. It could either be a two-wheeler or four-wheeler. And the ones who don’t have a private vehicle travel through public transport like metro, buses, or by local trains. Sometimes they travel by subways too.
7 People in cities used to like living downtown but now they prefer to live in the suburbs. Can you explain why?
In suburbs there is a lot of free space available. Also in most suburbs, there is an element of peace and people lead a normal life. But in cities, the places have become more and more compact with population increase. One more advantage of suburbs is that the cost of living is low.
8 What is the impact of vehicles on people’s lives?
Owning a private vehicle is very common nowadays. It makes our life easy as we can travel at our convenience. People have started travelling from one city to another. Vehicles have made their life comfortable. People have also become a bit lazy as they tend to take vehicles even for shorter distances and also a lot of fuel is burnt in this process.
9 Do people in your country prefer to walk or take a car for short trips?
People in India mostly prefer taking a walk if it is a very short trip like walking to the nearby grocery shop. Walking is also essential for a person to maintain proper metabolism. Walking is preferred because firstly it is, of course, environmentally friendly and also it boosts up our immune system ,energy, and also keeps our heart healthy and fit
10 How can big cities deal with the problem of having many people crowded in the same place?
We can help people by providing them with valuable and good sources of information to plan a visit. E.g., Help schedule the time of travel. We can also improve the infrastructure in an area that can reduce overcrowding in the particular region. We can also encourage corporate companies to build technology parks in the suburbs and villages as well.
11 Are there any connections between transportation and the environment?
Yes, there is a direct linking between travelling and the environment. When the weather is perfect and soothing, we enjoy travelling. If the heat comes right above our head, we get irritated and will not enjoy our trip.
12 Does your hometown have problems connected to transportation??
The transportation in my hometown is not good. The public transport can’t be trusted because the buses don’t arrive on time. Also, the people aren’t educated and are unaware of the timings of public transport. The most important thing is that women are concerned about their safety in public transport.
13 How could these problems be solved?
These problems can be solved by making people aware of the timetable of the buses. They can also educate the drivers about being on time. The people can be trained to use metro options too
14 Is cycling very popular in your city?
Cycling is given a lot of importance in my hometown because it is good exercise. People are educated and know that it helps in increasing cardiovascular fitness, muscle flexibility, decreasing stress level and that it also makes our mind fresh and boosts up our energy level.
15 What are the differences between travelling by car and travelling by bicycle in a city?
Car is faster and effective than bicycles. A car can hold more stuff into it, but you can’t carry heavy items in a cycle. Also in a car, safety is guaranteed because of its compact and secured design. A car can house a group of people but a cycle cannot. Also it is way more comfortable than a cycle.
16 What are the advantages and disadvantages of cycling in the city?
Riding a bicycle helps in building mental and physical fitness. It helps in saving a lot of money too. It is rejuvenating to take a cool shower after cycling for an hour or two. As we have pros, there are cons too. We may be exposed to the day’s temperature, which can harm our body ( if it is not moderate). We can meet with accidents. Cycles are theft-prone too.
17 How could the government encourage more people to use bicycles in the city?
Government can create separate lanes for cycling. They can also introduce some schemes related to cycling. Marathons can be held in a regular interval of time. They can even distribute pamphlets regarding the importance of cycling to encourage people.
18 What are the benefits of having a good public transportation system in a city?
Having good transportation in a city makes life convenient and helps people reach their destination on time. It will be safe for girls to travel. Also, it helps in less consumption of fossil fuels like petrol or diesel. By this, we can help in reducing the pollution as we will use the buses rather than our own vehicle.
19 How will transportation in cities change in the future?
There are already many plans that our government is looking into, and one of them is the technology of the bullet trains, which can help people travel in less time at a very reasonable cost. In the coming days, people might develop a technology that can help them reach their destination within the city very fast and without pollution.
20 Do people from your country like to travel abroad?
Yes , many of my friends travel abroad when they get holidays. Also, many such people are there who go out of India to experience more about the culture, food , people ,climate , of foreign countries.
21 Can you suggest why some people (from your country) go abroad to work?
Some people go abroad to work to get more exposure and gain experience. Some people like to travel a lot. So they take up a job which will help them in travelling. They even travel to embrace a new lifestyle and also to learn a new language.
Traffic congestion in cities
22 What causes traffic problems in big cities?
Due to the increase of population and growth of the economy in big cities, people rush for work everyday which is the main cause of traffic problems. Due to an increase in the number of vehicles on the road such as at the peak hour, lack of vehicle regulation has increased the problems. Sometimes non recurring events like road accidents slows down road traffic and weather problems also result in immobility of vehicles.
23 What could be done to solve this problem?
The more the lanes, the higher the capacity a road has. So cars should be able to drive faster, but that’s a very narrow analysis of the problem. Some technical procedure is needed to control the traffic jams over roads. Use of public transport should be encouraged. Parking should be controlled via a universal pay and park in parking facilities. Proper signboards at each and every junction which may also help to reduce traffic. Traffic control systems should be improved, traffic lights should be fully computerized and constantly serviced. Traffic lanes could be created for multiple car occupancy.
24 What do you think are the benefits of having a good public transportation system in a city?
Travelling by public transport is very useful in saving money. You don’t need to speed much money on purchasing cars. Imagine that you are on a bus, taking a seat, and starting to relax by reading the newspaper or sleeping a little while. Yes, you can do this on a bus. You don’t have to concentrate on the road.
This source of transportation is perfect for tourists. It is a good alternative for the older generation. Public transportation sometimes becomes adventurous, and we get to know many new people every day.
25 How do you imagine public transport might change in the future?
I think public transport might change in the future. The world is changing fast. Cities are growing, and the urban population is rising. The need to transport people and goods is increasing, but so is congestion, air pollution, road accidents, and climate change. In the present times, electric vehicles are used for public transport, and the transportation system is enabled through an integrated cloud platform, connecting vehicles, people, infrastructure, and logistic platforms. Bus platooning is improving efficiency and capacity in the city of public transportation. The future is the electric zero mission with low noise, giving the electric combat excavator access to the environmental city zone.
26 What are some of the reasons why people travel long distances?
There are many reasons like getting more of a personal perspective, giving yourself some time, grasping more adventure. Also, the most important thing is building a solid relationship with whomever you travel.People tend to travel to meet their family members who stay at a distant place. Travel bloggers travel for fun and pleasure.
27 Is it easier to travel long distances today than in the past? (Why?)
Yes, it has become much easier to travel now than in the past. Nowadays, it is much more feasible and affordable for a person or a group of people to travel even to far off places. In fact, nowadays people just travel because they are crazy to explore the latest technology
28 How does long-distance travel today differ from the past?
Nowadays it’s very convenient and affordable and also we have a lot of options as in to travel anywhere but this wasn’t the case in the old days . People used to travel mostly with bullock carts or either used to take walk for travelling which would take a lot of time but with the help of recent technology we can travel faster
29 What effects does long-distance travel have on people?
People who are old or babies usually get tired in the long-distance journey. If we are with a group of people and travelling, it becomes fun, but if we had to travel alone, we tend to get bored. And also most importantly, it can turn into travel fatigue which disturbs our daily lives.
30 Can long-distance travel ever create problems for people?
People who travel frequently tend to become lonely and may develop long-term health issues that can be very dangerous at times. Travelling long distances isn’t cheap either. Also it is very taxing. Even after reaching our destination we become lethargic and tend to sleep more rather than taking a tour of the place.
31 Does long-distance travel have any effect on the environment?
Travelling long distances by any means of transport will cost you a lot and is also not environmentally friendly. All types of transportation including air create a greenhouse effect in the topmost layer, which is way too hazardous.The most polluting vehicle is the flight. Then comes the car and train. Cars use fossil fuel and release toxic gases into the air.
32 How might long-distance travel change in the future?
With the advent of technology, it might become much easier and affordable to travel. We can reach long distances at the fullest comfort in no time. Recent research shows that electric flights might be coming up in the future to minimise pollution.
33 How would it be like to travel to space?
It would be fantastic. There are very few people who have been getting a chance to undertake such excellent travel. And if I am the chosen one I might be very proud of myself to step into the moon.
34 What are the problems people might experience when going on a trip and what could be done to avoid/solve these problems?
There are a lot of problems which might occur during travel. We might suffer from health issues or run out of cash, or get delayed, which might affect our whole tour. The only solution for this is that we should plan adequately before we step out.We can also pool vehicles to avoid pollution.
Preparing for a trip
35 Is it important for travelers to carefully plan the trip?
Yes, planning a trip is really important for travellers. If everything is in an organised way, we can switch to the travelling mindset with ease. Traveling to different places and staying there for fews days will help us to rejuvenate and relax if we arrange everything before the trip.
36 What are the differences between a well-planned trip and a trip that is not well-planned?
Well planned trips are those which accommodate even the sudden changes that occur on the spot. Talk and discuss the trip with whom you are going. Make sure you have the travel plans. Let the problems be sided and let all the solutions get strained in one piece of sheet. Not planned trips will face budget problems and they will meet with unnecessary expenditure. They will not know more about where to visit and how to go, and how to stay. They will not be aware of the culture and of the place they are travelling to and will always face problems .
37 In general, what factors should people consider when planning a trip?
We need to first focus on booking tickets or visas or passports .
Internal currency planning, sightseeing, etc seems to be so daunting which is why people rely on travel agents and they don’t mind paying them. But making a plan under budget needs time. The factors that we should keep in mind while making the trip are: Number of days needed to reach the destination, travel companion, and adventures.
38 What essential things do people need to take when they go on a trip?
I will now talk about some of the essential things people need to take when they go on a trip: a neck pillow for train or flight travel to relax the body. Eye masks are also crucial for good sleep, as we also need time to energize ourselves through sleep. We need to take our clothes accordingly by keeping in mind the weather of that particular place. You can take a camera with you to capture those beautiful moments, which would remain handy. Charger, power banks are very much crucial during travelling. Skincare products and other necessary makeup materials can make yourself look glamorous with a photoshoot.
39 Do you think there are any differences between men and women when they plan a trip?
Yes, I think there lies a difference between men and women when they plan a trip. Women start packing a month early. They make several lists, pack for themselves and their kids. They plan many activities for their kids, and they get busy with packing different varieties of clothes and makeup. Women stage things serially and in an organised way, but men remain leftover with last moment packing. Men drag 2 – 3 pairs of jeans, shirts and 3 pairs of socks and shorts, and they’re done. They remain excited and capture the beautiful natural beauty on a camera.
40 People with different personalities sometimes plan or prepare for a trip differently. Can you give some examples of this?
People with different personalities plan and prepare for trips differently as they want to explore and explore that destination from their inner core. Naturally, people travel for enjoyment with family and friends, but some people think differently. They remain enthusiastic about bringing out the dangerous unknown adventure. They generally make sudden plans.
41 How do people find information about places to travel to?
There are several factors which people must consider while preparing for a trip. They should not get so confused about stuffing all the things in one bag. Some usually keep everything for the last moment and get confused. These people must make a checklist and ensure that all the necessary documents, cards are adequately arranged. They should also double-check that necessary medicines and clothes are packed.
42 What factors would people consider when preparing for a trip?
Nowadays we can find information about travel on the internet . We can get information through vlogs, twitter, and different social media sites. We can easily get a detailed analysis and budget list of the particular destination. There are travel agencies that help us with information about unknown places . The encyclopedia and youtube travelogue channels, also make our travel easy.
43 If you were travelling with friends, what qualities would you like them to have?
When we have to choose the travel companion we should think of a person who is compatible and has a good sense of humour, is sensible, generous and also shares the budget
44 Some people prefer to go on guided tours when they travel while others prefer to travel individually. Which do you think is better?
From my point of view taking up a guide is more preferable as these people have knowledge which may not be in books or any kind of brochure and they also will suggest the best and affordable places to stay, eat etc
45 What are the different means of transport that a person can choose when travelling?
There are different types of transport which one can use for travelling. For example, sea, rail, flight or car. Most suitable out of these is the flight as it makes our travel quick and convenient. Other means of travelling such as public transport or cabs etc also make life easy and enable us to enjoy a tour.
46 In what ways does a person’s wealth affect the quality of that person’s travelling experience?
Wealth does affect the quality of travel we do. If we are rich, we can enjoy a trip to the fullest. The opposite of it is that if we have less money to spend, we may have to compromise our comforts.
47 Whom do you think learns more from travelling, old people or young people?
Young people learn more. The youth get inspired by travelling as they get to know more people and learn how to handle them. They also get excellent exposure, and come across new opportunities. They even get to know themselves and also will have a clear vision over what should be one’s goal.
48 Do you think it’s a good idea to use a credit card when travelling?
A credit card is considered the best friend of anyone travelling. It makes the payment easier and provides certain advantages such as cashback or a reward. People prefer this, as there is a considerable risk involved in carrying cash.
49 Some people like to take a lot of things with them when they travel and other people prefer to take as little as possible. Why do you think people have this difference?
It varies according to the individual. Person A would like to carry a lot so that he/she dont have to borrow anything from others. On the other hand, person B may not like to carry much luggage because he might prefer taking only basic things and buying the rest.
50 Do you think the tourism industry is very important?
Yes, the tourism industry is vital to the world’s economy. It not only takes part in the economy but also plays a vital role as the backbone of the country. It provides job opportunities to the people of the country. It also creates a special bond between the visitors and the localities. We get to know about the history of places, culture and almost everything.
51 What do you think has led to the growth in the tourism industry?
There are several factors that have led to the growth of the tourism industry. One of the most important factors is people’s hunger to learn and see. This “interest” is the reason why people have decided to consider this as a means of employment. Now, the most significant factor of the World’s economy comes from this industry.
52 What benefits does tourism bring to society?
Tourism brings several benefits to society. The tourism industry is the largest contributor to the world’s economy and facilitates foreign trade. For example, India is rich in spices, and our country holds the biggest spice trading business. Yes, if it hadn’t been for tourism, our minerals and resources would have been unknown to the world. The handloom industry is another branch, which has flourished only because of the tourism industry. In short, it has an impact on a lot of factors that are interconnected.
53 Are there any problems caused by tourism? How to address these problems?
Yes. Alongside the benefits, it brings in some problems too. All these trade and foreign business has resulted in exposing our wealth and riches to the other countries. This is one of the very reasons why the British empire wanted to settle in India and make it their colony. If the government is weak, it can easily be taken over and ruin the nation.
54 How to balance the economic benefits of tourism with the environmental damage that is done by tourism?
The economic benefit and the environmental damage can only be balanced by limiting the trading. One should stop forcing the environment to go beyond its limit just to produce a greater yield for exports . The greed for money has led to disaster. Tourists also tend to contaminate the ground by throwing plastics or wrappers. Some throw eateries on the road.
55 What effects do you think international travel has on the different countries involved?
International travel has an impact on the relationship between the tourists and localite. It builds a bond between the people of the two countries involved. This bond will eventually mature into foreign settlements which will be beneficial for both countries in the long run. It also helps better import and export systems.
56 How has international travel changed in the past 20 or 30 years?
With the passing ages, everything has changed. Places have changed their infrastructure. Villages have turned into metropolitan cities. I think currency is an important factor too. The value for money has changed too. What cost 1rs back then, might cost 10 rs now. So yes, that’s a factor too.
57 Can you suggest some things that people should and should not do when they travel to a foreign country as tourists?
People visiting foreign should not exploit their land and properties. One should not make fun of their culture and sentiments. Thus the person visiting a foreign land should respect it as how they want to be treated by their visitors/tourists.
58 Do you think that the media has many effects on tourism?
Media has a tremendous impact on tourism. In the modern world, people rely primarily on social media and news. An unknown place can turn into a popular holiday destination overnight. So yes, the media impacts a lot. Media has also captured attractive pictures and videos which have attracted many tourists too. So behind the popularity of a place, the media played a vital role.
59 Some think it’s not necessary to go to tourist places, now that we can see these places on the internet. Do you agree?
Some people think it’s not necessary to go to tourist places because we can see places on the internet. But it’s like watching a picture of your favourite food and filling up your appetite. Unless and until you are present in that area in person, you can never feel the true essence of the place
Changes in travelling
60 How do you think travelling today is different from what it was several decades ago?
In modern times, we have different modes of communication which were not in history. Earlier people used to walk and used animal drawn carts to travel from place to place. The discovery of petroleum was the light of revolution. Now, one can visit places conveniently.
61 In 20 or 30 years, how do you think travelling will be different from what it is today?
With every passing day, the level of crude oil is decreasing. Many vehicles are being idealised to draw fuel in alternative ways. Tesla, is one such example. I am sure there will be inventions like this. So yes, there will be a huge difference between today and the future generation. Soon there will be a way to resolve the issue, and we might be able to run a vehicle via solar energy, or any other source for that matter. Even though there will be a lot to plan and implement, mankind will overcome every hurdle.
Modern technology and travel
62 In what ways has modern technology changed people’s travelling experiences?
In the earlier times, people used animal drawn carts or palanquins to travel from place to place. With the inventions of technologies, the vehicles have also become modernised. Modern technologies have reduced human effort and so of animals. It has saved a lot of time and it is much more convenient.
63 Do you think the internet has had an effect on people’s travelling behaviour today?
Yes, the internet has impacted indirectly on people’s travelling behaviour today. We can sit at home and book train tickets or flight tickets. One does not have to go to the station and search for trains or go to the airport to book tickets. The Internet has made online services like Ola,Uber or Rapido, which will help us to reach our destination in a shorter period of time.
64 If you were going on a trip, what essential modern technology would you carry, and why?
If i am travelling somewhere, i will carry my cell phone. It’s the modern technology I choose to carry because it will help us in several ways. Beginning with google maps, contacts, or helpline and emergency numbers. Among all the boons of mobile phones, the advantages overshadow them. One can capture the beautiful moments of the trip on their mobiles. They can also play music during the trip. So a mobile phone serves many purposes while you travel.
Vocabulary for Speaking Part 3
- Colossal: extremely large or great.
Eg: In fact, this means a colossal amount of foreign travel.
- Athirst: Very eager to get something
Eg: She was athirst to get her birthday gift
- Platooning: Use the strategy of alternating (a pair of players or one player with another) in a specified field position in successive games.
Eg: Marim designed a platoon for badminton along with her friends
- Immobility: The state of not moving; motionlessness.
Eg: She was almost frozen into immobility by the fear that it would be something illegal.
- Petroleum: oil used to make petrol and diesel
Eg: Petroleum is used for all purpose these days
- Crude oil: source of petroleum
Eg: Crude oil is a source of energy which is found deep under the ocean
- Tesla: a modern car working on electricity
Eg: He is so rich that he can afford a Tesla
- Revolution: change
Eg: Revolution is the only constant
- overshadow: to overcome something
Eg: He overshadows his pain with a smile
- Impact: affect
Eg: Good food has an impact on people.
- Adequately: to a satisfactory or acceptable extent.
Eg: He was adequately prepared for the situation
- Hazardous: risky; dangerous.
Eg: The situation in which we are working is really hazardous
- Facilitates: beneficial
Eg: Befriending the captain facilitated better understanding of the team
- Exploits: destroys
Eg: “You should not exploit anyone’s innocence.”
- Appetite: Hunger
Eg: She lost her appetite.
- Colossal: extremely large or great.
Sample answers (Updating)
Suggested answers for part 1
Do you like travelling?
is what life is all about. It’s a very interesting way to learn about new cultures and explore new places.I think getting to know the world, from great historical monuments to white sandy beaches,
Whom do you often spend the holiday with?
It depends on what kind of holiday it is. If it’s Christmas vacation, I prefer to hang out with my friends here and there and have a chit-chat. If it’s the New Year holiday, I just want to celebrate the holiday with my family and relatives in a cozy ambience.
Have you done much travelling?
Well, I’m an international student, so I travel a lot. I’ve been on a road trip to the USA, a vacation to Japan and Korea when I was younger. Thanks to my father. And most recently Australia – a splendid country.
What kind of places have you visited in your life?
I prefer to visit the places which elevate my mood and energize me. I have been to some of the beautiful beaches and lakes in my country. These places bring me closer to nature and rejuvenate me.
When you visit new places, what do you like to do?
It seems to me that there’s a lot of stuff to do when visiting a brand-new place. At first, I would love to take photographs to bookmark my travel experience as well as share it with my best mates. Culture vulture seems to be my other character when I feel like discovering the places of great aesthetic appeal everywhere I set foot in.
Do you prefer travelling alone or in a group?
Well, it depends on my current mood. A trip to the off-the-beaten-track destinations, mountainous or forested place, for instance, will be my initial choice if I feel devastated. On the contrary, I will congregate and sign up for guided tours as it’s a chance to be shown around and take photographs – one of my hobbies when feeling overjoyed.
In which seasons do you prefer to travel?
I guess it would be autumn. This season has little rain, clear skies, and temperature conditions. It’s really the best season as most places are at their best at that time.
What places would you like to visit in the future?
If I have the chance to visit one famous place, it will be Paris, a must-see place for me. I would love to visit the Eiffel Tower, to tuck into French delicacies in prestigious restaurants. In addition, it’d be great for me to visit the Louver Museum and discover history as well as La Sorbonne University – the oldest educational institution in modern France.
If the choice is in my hands, I’m yearning for travelling to Paris on Christmas vacation when the weather is neither too cold or too hot.
You can find some more questions about Holidays at: 2017 IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Holidays & Sample Answers
You can also improve your Vocabulary for Cue Card about Traveling & Adventures which is a common topic in the IELTS Speaking test at: IELTS Travel & Adventure Vocabulary for Cue Card: Useful Phrases & Expressions In IELTS Speaking