IELTS Cue Card: Your favorite outdoor activity

Your favorite outdoor activity

IELTS Cue Card Question 93 With Model Answer:

Talk about your favorite outdoor activity.

You should say:
  • what activity it is
  • where you do it
  • how often you do it
And explain why you this is your favourite outdoor activity.
[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:
Bird-watching is a popular pastime in Vietnam and a large number of people go for birding regularly. There are over 800 species of birds are available in Vietnam.

I prefer to watch birds in their natural habitat than any other activities. The number of birds in Vietnam is a notable one and requires the right attention to observe them. Most of the visitors and travellers come to visit the noted places of Vietnam but they do not show any interest in birding. As a result, the birding environment is calm and quiet and thereby enjoyable for me. Though it may sound weird that birding could be an outdoor activity for people, but it really is for some selected people who want to pass their moments in silence. It also helps to gain knowledge about different types of birds and the pleasures are inexpressible for those who regularly go for the watch. Sometimes the watchers need luck too during the watch.  

Well, the Vietnam populations are compact and have reduced the open spaces where birds could reside. Besides, the birds are almost unavailable in the populated areas and the species which are found in everywhere belong to ordinary species. So, I go to the national park to observe different types of birds. The park is a very safe place for birding and is made in a different style while the natural accommodation systems for the birds are adorable as well. However, during the wet seasons, it becomes troublesome for me to continue the birding as the park and birding places become muddy, slippery and messy. During the hot seasons, the park insides turn blistering. So, I have to take proper measures during the seasons.      

Mostly I go for birding during my holidays and weekends. In fact, I am an introvert and like to remain silent in most of the time. I simply ignore the socialising issues with my surrounding and pack my bags to watch the birds. There are different types of birds available in the forest and try to note their behaviours. I have a preset place to observe the birds with a powerful binocular. Sometimes I take some snacks with me to enjoy the moments, and the most important thing is that I never feel lonely there. When the working days are over, I start my preparation from the night before I plan to go to birding. Accordingly, I start for the park early in the morning and reach there before someone else could get there.  

In this mechanised life, almost all of us need to have some recreational activities but in Vietnam, the opportunities are less for the natives as those are aimed for the tourists and thus pricier than the usual range. Besides, the recreational places are mostly occupied by the tourists who have never been to the country. So, I think I should allow them to enjoy themselves as they want and walk in my own way. Moreover, birding requires lots of perseverance and most of the people lack it. The bird watchers have to remain quiet for their own sake and thus the entire environment is calm. As an introvert, I long for a serene atmosphere which is unavailable except the birding.