Travel is a cue card topic that often comes up in the IELTS speaking part 2. Below you will find a list of some exam questions and answers that you could encounter during part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test.
The questions below are based on the real IELTS speaking exam. They serve as a great IELTS Speaking part 2 cue card prediction questions to help you prepare better before your test.
Travel Speaking Part 2 – Cue Card 1
Talk about a walk, a boat tour or a bicycle trip that you would like to take. Please say
You should say:
- where you would go
- when you would go
- who you would go with
- and explain why you would like to take this walk/trip/tour.
- Where you would go?If I could take a boat trip, it would be a cruise from the coast of Chennai on India’s east coast to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which are geographically closer to Indonesia.
- When you would go?It would definitely be during the winter months because it is too risky to go during the monsoons. In fact, I think boats aren’t allowed to sail that route during the rainy months. Winter is also a splendid time for sun-bathing, and the climate is just right on the island beaches.
- Who you would go with?I would go with my mum because she is the coolest traveler I have ever met. We rarely disagree on anything and she trusts me blindly. We have had some memorable travel experiences together. Mama is also a very respectful traveler and genuinely curious about other cultures and people. I wouldn’t trade her for another travel partner.
- and explain why you would like to take this walk/trip/tour?I have been to the Andaman Islands before but it was via plane. This time I am keen on doing the 2-night cruise because I would love to experience the splendor of the deep, black sea by night. After watching the “Life of Pi” film, I have been obsessed with the idea of spending a night on a ship, gazing at a star-studded sky,, and just listening to the sound of the waves. Far away from the banality of city life!
Travel Vocabulary Speaking Part 2 – Cue Card 1
- Banality – something that lacks originality, freshness, or novelty
Cue Card 2
Describe a frequent short trip which you do not enjoy taking. Please say
You should say:
- where do you go
- when do you go there
- why don’t you like that trip
- and do you take that trip with other people
- Where do you go?I am going to talk about trips I often take to the gas station, which I usually do not look forward to. When I first moved to Marseille, I was a little apprehensive about the traffic situation, because I was not used to seeing so many around. But I got my head around it eventually!
- When do you go there?Like most people there, I eventually got into the habit of driving around, which meant more frequent visits to the gas station. I have to go there every few weeks, and luckily the gas station is quite close to my office. I try to go there early before work, of just after work to avoid the chaotic traffics.
- Why don’t you like that trip?There are many reasons why I do not like to take that trip. The first reason is due to timing. I try to leave the house for the gas station as early as possible, but the roads may still be crowded with cars, despite my efforts to avoid them. It can be quite infuriating. I also have a very sensitive sense of smell, and the odour of gas really gets to me. I try to get gas and leave as quickly as possible. It can also be quite expensive after a while, due to how dependent I am on my car for getting around. I occasionally use the tramway if I explore the city centre, but the car is still my first choice here.
- and do you take that trip with other people?Unless I am travelling around with friends, I tend to take that trip by myself. I worry that if another person is involved it may delay the process of trying to get to the gas station early or late enough to skip traffic. I mean, they might be stuck in traffic on their way to me!
Vocabulary for Cue Card 2
- apprehensive = fearful
- I got my head around = I eventually processed this new information and got used to it
- chaotic = disorderly and conducing
- crowded = full of
- infuriating = causing extreme anger
- odour = smell
- gets to me = annoys me
- skip = (in this case) avoid
Cue Card 3
Talk about an important journey that was delayed for some reason. Please say
You should say:
- describe the journey.
- why was it delayed?
- how did you feel about it
I am going to talk about a time when I was delayed. I was going to a friend’s wedding in Greece and I had to fly from Paris to Santorini. When I got to the airport, I checked in, went through security and waited in the departures lounge. An hour before take off, I checked the departure board and low and behold, my flight was now delayed by 3 hours. I couldn´t believe it. I had made plans to catch up with friends at the other end so I had to let them know that I was going to be late. I passed the time shopping and having lunch but there is little entertainment after a while. I felt really fed up after a couple of hours and to make matters worse, an extra hour delay was announced. Finally, four hours later I boarded the plane and set off to Santorini and I started to cheer up. As we started to descend, the pilot announced that the weather conditions were extremely windy on the island and we would have to attempt to land carefully. The pilot tried three times before deciding to abort and we headed to Athens as a diversion. So, to top it all off, I had to spend the night in Athens airport in an uncomfortable chair. In the morning I boarded another flight and finally made it, a day late, to Santorini.
Vocabulary for Cue Card 3
- low and behold – unbelievably
- to catch up with – to chat with friends
- fed up – tired and frustrated
- cheer up – become happier
- to top if all off – the final thing
Cue Card 4
Describe someone who travels a lot by plane. Please say
You should say:
- how do you know him/her
- why does he/she travel a lot
- where does he/she travel to
I am going to talk about my friend. My friend has a job working in marketing for a mobile phone company and she regularly has to fly to different places in the world. We met at school and have known each other for many years. Some years ago, my friend started working for the company and since then she has climbed the career ladder and stayed with the company in a quite senior position. She has to travel to meet with other branches of the company, to set up advertising campaigns and to see how projects are progressing.
Most of the time, she travels to the USA where the company has its headquarters and where a lot of the international marketing campaigns happen. Often, she has to go 3 or 4 times a year for a month at a time and I know that she works flat out when she is there and comes home exhausted at the end. Although it is well paid, some companies expect people to travel at the drop of a hat. This has become more difficult for my friend since she had a baby. In addition, since the pandemic, the company has started to do a lot more of its work online and has cut out some unnecessary trips.
In her free time, my friend loves to travel to other places and has been to Kenya and Sri Lanka recently. So despite travelling a lot in her job, she still enjoys going abroad for holidays.
Vocabulary for Cue Card 4
- climb the career ladder – be promoted, get a better job
- work flat out – work hard continuously
- at the drop of a hat – immediately without warning
- cut out – stop doing something