Describe a journey that did not go as planned IELTS cue card

Describe a journey that did not go as planned

142. IELTS Cue Card -
Describe a journey that did not go as planned

In this article, IELTS Game will add number 142 IELTS cue card sample on the series of 2020 cue cards with band 9.0 model answers and part 3 follow up questions that will help you in your IELTS test preparation.

This cue card is related to “Journey description” topic and asking you to “Describe a journey that did not go as planned and asking IELTS speaking part 3 follow up questions.

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Describe a journey that did not go as planned
Describe a journey that did not go as planned

IELTS Cue Card Sample 142

Describe a journey that did not go as planned.

You should say:

  • – Where you went?
  • – Who you went with?
  • – What you did?
  • – and explain why you disliked this journey?

Band 9.0 Sample Answer.

One journey that did not go as planned was a road trip I took with a group of friends to a beach town. We were excited to spend a few days relaxing on the beach and exploring the local area. However, things did not go as we had hoped.

We set out early in the morning, and we had planned to make several stops along the way to see some sights and grab some lunch. However, we hit a lot of traffic and ended up getting stuck in a long line of cars for hours. We were hot, tired, and frustrated, and we ended up not making any of the planned stops.

When we finally arrived at the beach town, we were disappointed to find that our hotel was in a noisy and run-down area, and it was not at all what we had expected. We had also planned to spend our days lounging on the beach and trying new restaurants, but it rained the entire time we were there, so we ended up spending most of our time indoors.

Overall, we were all very disappointed with the journey because it did not go as we had hoped. We had been looking forward to a relaxing and enjoyable trip, but instead, we ended up dealing with a lot of frustration and disappointment.

Difficult words and definitions

Road tripA journey made by car
Beach townA town near a beach
TrafficThe vehicles that are on a road at a particular time
FrustratedFeeling annoyed or upset because you cannot do something that you want to do
Run-downIn poor condition or repair
LoungeRelax in a leisurely way

Band 9.0 Sample Answer Ideas.

• I don’t travel much, but sometimes I visit my relatives in nearby cities.

• I generally travel by bus or train.

• Today I would like to talk about one such instance when I was travelling to Chandigarh by bus and it was a journey which did not go as planned.

• It got delayed, because of a two hour long traffic jam.

• I was going to Chandigarh to meet a cousin, who had come for a few weeks from Canada.

• I was travelling alone that day and my parents were to come the next day.

• It is usually a 2 and a half to three hours journey by road.

• I remember it was a Friday and I took a bus from the bus station at around 3pm, after attending my classes.

• I planned to stay in Chandigarh over the weekend.

• The journey was uneventful and comfortable for the first hour and a half. However, as soon as we reached a city called Ropar, the traffic came to a halt.

• There is a bridge on the river Sutlej in Ropar, where the traffic jam had started.

• It is a single lane bridge.

• Some people on the bridge were on the wrong side of the road and other people in cars and buses followed them and blocked both the sides of the road leading to the jam.

• There was no place to move forward or backwards.

• People were not co-operating and no one was ready to move their vehicles.

• There was a lot of noise because of people honking the horns and also people were getting frustrated and angry. Some were even shouting at each other.

• After waiting there for about one hour, the traffic police finally arrived and made people move their vehicles to make way for the traffic to move.

• We were stuck in that jam for almost two hours before we could finally resume the journey.

• I heaved a sigh of relief when the bus started moving again, as I too was on the verge of losing patience.

• Those two hours seemed to last forever.

IELTS Speaking part 3 Follow Up Questions.

Here are some follow up questions you may be asked during part 3 IELTS Speaking exam by the IELTS examiner related to 1st cue card:

“Describe a journey that did not go as planned”

1. Are there any special places for visiting in India?

India is a diverse country. There are many places for visiting in India. 

There are natural places, historical places and man made places.

India has a lot of natural places such as hill stations and sea-shores. India has a rich historical background.

So India has places like the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Amber Fort, Golden Temple and so many more.

There are many man made tourist attractions like museums and art galleries.

2. Do Indian people like to travel abroad?

Yes, they do. Indian people travel to all parts of the world.

Few decades earlier, air travel was very expensive, and only the rich could afford it.

Fortunately, now because of cheap air flights, even the common man can dream of foreign travel.

Many Indians have settled permanently in foreign countries and are doing pretty well there.

3. What can people benefit from travelling?

People can benefit a lot from travelling. It is said that ‘travel broadens the mind’.

When people travel to other places, they meet new people and see new places.

They learn about other cultures, and they get a chance to adopt the good points of other cultures.

They spread the good points of their culture. When they see new places, they learn about history, which also increases their knowledge.

4. Do you like to travel on your own or with your family?

I like to travel with my family, because it makes me feel secure. I don’t have to worry about small things.

When I travel with family, I get to enjoy a lot, because that is the time we all actually come to know each other better. 

We enjoy meeting new people together and seeing new places together.

5. Do you like to visit popular places or less-known places?

I like to visit popular places, as I want to know the reasons of their popularity.

Also, at a popular tourist place, the transport and accommodation facilities are always good and there is hardly any problem we face in terms of communication and food, when visiting such places.


I like to visit lesser-known places because the culture at such places is not diluted; it is pure, in terms of their way of living, language and food. 

So, to experience the purity in culture, lesser-known places are always better. 

Also, there is less pollution and fewer tourists at such places, which gives us an opportunity to interact more with the local people and get more knowledge about them and their culture.

6. Do people prefer short trips or long trips?

It is a matter of personal choice. Some people prefer long trips as they want to visit distant places.

Going to such places is expensive and it makes no sense going and coming back very soon.

On the other hand, some people prefer short trips as they want a break from their hectic life and short trips help them to recharge their batteries and they can get back to work with renewed energy.

7. What kinds of problems would people have when they go on a long trip?

People can face food problems, language problems, weather problems and so on.

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