Speaking Part 1 - Travel

In this post, you will see one of the most common IELTS speaking topics (travel) and sample answers.

Please remember that in the actual test you should give honest answers and talk about your own experiences, thoughts, feelings and opinions. Do not try to memorise answers, as the examiners will probably be able to guess and you will lose marks.

However, you are able to make up information to extend your answers, but be sure that you are confident when speaking about the chosen topic and that it is believable.

TIP >> Each answer should be at least 2-3 sentences long.

TIP >> Listen carefully to the question so that you answer in the correct tense. 

TIP >> When answering a yes/no question - answer then give your reasons for your answer. You must extend your answer to gain more marks. 

TIP >> Just relax and think of it as a regular conversation you are having, make eye contact and be positive. 

Take a look at the questions and sample answers below on the topic of 'travel' >>


Q: What do you do on your vacation?

A: Depending on the location when I go on holiday I like to relax, see the sights and take photographs. I also like to go shopping, visit museums and galleries. I am very interested in art and architecture, so love to see as much as I can when I go on holiday. 

Q: Do you think vacations are becoming more and more important?

A: Yes, I think that many people are working longer hours and have more stress than ever placed upon them. taking a break is necessary to unwind and recharge so that they can let go of the stress and focus on their own well-being. 

Q: What kind of places do you want to travel to?

A: I really want to visit the USA more and explore cities like New York, Chicago and Boston. I would also like to visit Canada to go skiing and perhaps in the spring to visit Italy, to see some galleries. 

Q: Do you prefer travelling alone or in a group?

A: I prefer to travel in a group, as I think it is more fun being able to share experiences with friends or family. Travelling alone is not always safe and in some places could be very risky. 

Q: Who do you usually spend your vacation with?

A: I always go on vacation with my husband, we travel a lot mainly around Greece either to the mainland or to other islands. We also like to visit cities like London, Barcelona, Rome and New York to experience various cultures. 

Q: Why are vacations important to you?

A: They are much needed during certain times of the year, for example when the weather becomes too hot to bear or I feel as though I need a break from work. They help me to relax and de-stress from everything. 

Q: If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

A: I would like to visit a pretty place with snow, lots and lots of snow, somewhere like Canada or maybe even in the mountains in Greece during the winter months. I would like to go skiing, try snowboarding and stay in a well-decorated log cabin, with a large real fireplace. 


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