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Describe a holiday destination that you would recommend

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 522 with Model Answer:

Describe a holiday destination that you would recommend to your friends.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • how you know about this holiday destination
  • what someone can do and see there
and explain why you would recommend this holiday destination to your friends.

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


Model Answer 1:

Where it is:
One holiday destination that I would highly recommend to my friends is the beautiful island of Bali, which is located in Indonesia.

How you know about this holiday destination:
I first learned about Bali through a friend who had visited the island and raved about its stunning natural scenery, rich culture, and beautiful beaches. Intrigued by her description, I decided to plan a trip to Bali myself and was absolutely blown away by what I saw and experienced.

What someone can do and see there:
Bali has something for everyone, whether you're looking for a relaxing beach vacation, a cultural adventure, or a spiritual retreat. Some of the top things to do and see in Bali include exploring the ancient temples such as Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, and Besakih, visiting the rice terraces of Tegalalang, hiking to the top of Mount Batur to watch the sunrise, and enjoying the beautiful beaches such as Kuta, Seminyak, and Nusa Dua.

What sets Bali apart from other destinations is its unique blend of Hindu-Buddhist culture and stunning natural beauty. The island is known for its intricate wood carvings, traditional dances, and colourful festivals, which provide visitors with a fascinating insight into the local culture. At the same time, Bali's lush forests, rice paddies, and volcanic landscapes are some of the most picturesque in the world.

And explain why you would recommend this holiday destination to your friends:
Overall, I would recommend Bali to my friends because it offers a unique blend of culture, nature, and adventure that is hard to find elsewhere. Whether you want to relax on the beach, explore ancient temples, or immerse yourself in local culture, Bali has something for everyone. Moreover, the island's friendly people, delicious cuisine, and affordable prices make it a great value-for-money destination.



Model Answer 2:

I am no travel expert, nor do I have the experience of visiting many holiday destinations. But, still, I think that I should be able to recommend a few nice holiday destinations for my friends, and one of those destinations would be the city of “Cebu” in the Philippines.

Interestingly, the name “Cebu” is referred to both as an island (and one of the largest ones in that too) as well as a city that is very much located in the centre of the country. This is such a popular destination that anyone, visiting the Philippines, would have heard about it because of its breathtaking natural beauty. Considered as the oldest city in the Philippines, Cebu attracts millions of nature lovers and visitors every year.

I first heard about this popular tourist destination from a “Filipino” tourist who was visiting my country a few years ago. I accidentally met him at a local fish market in my town where he came to buy some shrimp for cooking “Adobo” (a very popular Filipino dish). When I asked how he liked our big city, he just told me that it very much looked like the city of Cebu in the Philippines except that there wasn’t any ocean in it.

Later, I learned a great deal about this nice holiday destination by watching some travel shows on TV. It was from those travel shows that I learned how beautiful the beaches there really were, and how one could snorkel there off the coast to see some big sea turtles and other marine life. Besides, tourists could also enjoy the spectacular view of some free-flowing waterfalls, in addition to enjoying some nice foods that were very affordable.

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this holiday destination for my friends because it is perfect for a quiet and “laidback” beach vacation with almost nothing to distract you. I would recommend this place also because it is very much like a melting pot for foods, arts, culture, religion and peaceful island life, and one doesn’t exactly have to “empty his pocket” to afford them all.

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