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Describe a peaceful place you have visited

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 187 with Model Answer:

Describe a peaceful place you have visited.

You should say:
  • where it was
  • when you visited there
  • who was with you
and explain why you think it was a peaceful place.

[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 1:
Travelling not only helps to widen knowledge, it is useful to entertain the travellers as well, and if the location is at any natural, beautiful and peaceful place, the trip turns excellent. I went at an island of Indonesia in last month to pass some days in a tranquil environment.

The island is named as Belitung. Some of the commoners term it as Belitong while the island is also known as Billiton to some people. Whatever the name is, the island is a wonderful place to visit and this is a perfect place for some solo visits. It is located on the east coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. The island is divided into two districts – Billiton District, the key locality of the island and also the main attractive place, and the remaining part is known as the East Belitung District. The name of the island is derived from a local word which refers the strike of the sea. The area earlier was hit by the sea waves and that caused serious damage to the people and properties. The island is well populated with Malay people and several languages are found here. The island is also filled with natural resources which help the locals to earn their living.  

After completing my graduation from the National University of Singapore (NUS), I took a short break for few months. The break is currently going on. After completing the break, either I have to get engaged in my family business or I have to seek my own fortune out of my family. So, my parents advised me to have some trips in the surrounding areas for pleasure and they also advised me to get some practical knowledge of what life is. So, I undertook the trip onwards to follow their advice in the middle of March in 2016. I planned to pass a week in any peaceful island in Indonesia as my parents went there on their honeymoon. They adored the places so much that I set my destination to go one of the natural islands in Indonesia. I planned for the trip and inquired about everything I need there. I prioritised on the issue of natural beauty and found that Belitung matches with all of my requirements. In a moderately hot day, I started for the island from Singapore.

I did not take any company with me as it was my own journey. In fact, I wanted to gather some real-life experiences. I needed to learn about moving alone as I have never moved so. When I was in school, my used to send one of our domestic staffs to be with me, and my college was adjacent to my home from where I passed my higher secondary. In my university, dad arranged a car for me with a chauffeur. So, I did not have chances at all to move alone and know about the world. Thereby, I decided to have the journey all by me. I took the initiative and arranged all the necessary things for me. I collected the aeroplane tickets, booked a hotel at the island, and also collected the other required things for the travel like organising my travel bag, collecting the route maps, gathering necessary documents like passports, appearing in the embassy for a visa and much more. I really enjoyed all the tasks.

The Belitung Island is really a place filled with natural beauty. The people of the island are friendly and I received a warm welcome after getting off the plane. A staff from the hotel, I booked earlier, arrived at the airport to receive me. The hotel was located in the coastal area, a beautiful place I have never seen before. The beaches are exotic and it appears that the shadow of the blue sky is floating on the water. I mostly stayed near the beach to enjoy the sunset and sunrise. Fortunately, it was a moonlit night and the full moon from the beach was enjoyable indeed. I swam in the blue and clear water and sometimes I passed some lonely moments. The surrounding nature helped to think deeply about the life. It was the greatest lesson of my life. The place was less crowded and thus peaceful.



Sample Answer 2: 
My visit to the Loot Desert was a wonderful experience and the place was extremely beautiful. To be frank, everyone loves to visit in the daytime but I am a bit different in this case. I love to travel in nights and have visited a good number of places so far. Dasht-e-Loot is one of the beautiful places that the memories are still vivid in my mind. This is a great question to deal with and thank you for this cue card topic. Here goes a brief description of the place and my experience.

The spelling of this place is varied. And the place is also known as the Loot Desert. In fact, this is a large salt desert and has its area among three provinces including Baluchistan, Kerman and Sistan Provinces. This is also the 25th largest desert in the world. The temperature in the area is higher than average. So, this is not suitable for daytime.

I went to Iran for a business trip for a week and luckily completed the tasks before the deadline. So, I had plenty of times to spend in the country and visited the most beautiful places there. And this was one of the wonderful places in the country. Our guide took us to the desert on some grounds. It was also a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran and one of the hottest places in the entire country. The average temperature of the locality is measured as 700 Celsius. So, all the plans were made during the nighttime.

I work for a multinational company based in Jakarta. It was an official trip to Iran to explore opportunities for my company. Everything went well with the visiting purpose. In this trip, I was accompanied by one my bosses and two other colleagues who were expert in marketing strategies for a new product that the company wanted to launch in Iran. So, it was a team of four members and I played the vital role there. The other companions were also happy after visiting the place. We actually enjoyed the nighttime activities, passing nights in camps and more other enjoyable activities.

The desert was a peaceful place for many reasons. First of all, it was a calm place and there were fewer crowds. Due to the geographical location and excessive temperature, people did not prefer this place. But I found a wonderful beauty of nature there. This was an unforgettable venue for nighttime activities. During the nighttime, the entire sky was above us and we were mesmerised with the view. Camping was the most attractive activity there and cooking under the open sky provided a new experience to all of us. The ridges and furrows of the desert were also adorable. Based on all the reasons, I think this was a beautiful place.

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