IELTS Cue Card: Describe a time when you got lost

Describe a time when you got lost

IELTS Cue Card Question 34 With Model Answer: 

Describe a time when you got lost.

You should say: 
  • when and where it happened
  • who was there with you
  • how you felt when you got lost
and explain how you eventually found your way.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:
When I was a student of 9th grade, I went to a summer camp in Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas and got lost from my team.

It was in the beginning of a summer when the school authority decided to take us to a summer camp in a remote place of Texas. All of us were thrilled to hear that we are going to learn some extraordinary skills to survive in a desert land. When we were taken at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, we found the place with a different form of natural beauty and the camping sites were perfect for us. Following the teachers’ instruction, we pitched our camps and some of us started collecting woods for fueling the foods preparation for the first night under the open sky. I also went to collect woods (although there were fewer trees), I was lost.  

I was accompanied with three of my friends to collect woods to be used as fuel for preparing the foods at night. So, four of started to collect woods in four different directions. As the entire location was almost like a desert land, there were no large trees that could be used as fuel. So, I walked for about 20 minutes in search of such woods and finally decided that I have to uproot the grass-type smaller trees for fuel. I collected many of them and put those into my collection bag. But suddenly I realised that I am alone and I could not see any of my teammates who came with me to collect woods.

I felt scared. I have read many stories earlier over the incidents in deserts. I heard that there were wild animals that kill the lone rangers on the deserts or try to attack them on their way. Moreover, I was afraid that what will happen if I cannot get back at the campsite. I also thought if the teachers and team members will look for me or not. I felt a deep sadness inside. I remembered my family members and friends. I started thinking if I die now, they will be unable to find my body or the body may be eaten by the wild animals. Unfortunately, I left my compass inside the bag in the campsite and if that was with me, I could have started the return journey using the directions. Actually, I was truly scared when I was lost.     

After sometimes, I started planning how to get back. I, in fact, did not have any bend on my way rather I followed a straight path and reached the place currently I am standing on. I had some small plants on the bag as fuel. So, I thought that if I start my return journey just in the opposite direction, it will be a smart idea. Thus, I started walking back on the reverse way I came here. After walking for a few minutes, I heard some noises; in fact, it was my mates and the other students and teachers of the camp. They were looking for me and were shouting by my name. I felt a sense of relief that now I am not alone in the desert.