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Describe a journey that did not go as planned

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 540 with Model Answer:

Describe a journey that did not go as planned.

You should say:
  • where you were travelling to
  • who you went there with
  • what was your expectation from the journey
and explain why it did not go as planned.

[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:

Introduction:
Travelling is always exciting and full of surprises. However, sometimes even the best-planned journeys can go off-track. Today, I would like to talk about a journey that did not go as planned.

Where you were travelling to & Who you went there with:
I went to Paris, France, with my best friend. It was our dream destination, and we had planned the trip for months. We were excited to explore the famous city and indulge in French cuisine.

What was your expectation from the journey:
My expectations were high, and I was looking forward to visiting famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral. I also wanted to explore local markets and try different French dishes. I also wanted to have a relaxing and pleasant tour.

And explain why it did not go as planned:
Unfortunately, our journey took an unexpected turn when my friend became ill on the second day of the trip. She had a severe fever and could not leave the hotel room. We had to cancel most plans and stay in the hotel for the rest of the trip. I was disappointed as we missed out on seeing all the beautiful sights and experiences that we had planned.

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