Describe a journey that did not go as planned | Recent IELTS speaking topic.

Recent IELTS speaking cue card: 

Describe a journey that did not go as planned.

You should say:-

- Where you went?

- Who you went with? 

- What you did?

- Explain why you disliked the journey?


Vocab and idioms used in IELTS speaking topic:-

Fascinate: extremely interested

- Renowned: famous 

-  Delighted: extremely pleased 

Explore: to travel around a place etc. to learn about it

Crack of dawn: very early in the morning 

Stone's throw away: nearby

Sample answer:-

-Well, I consider myself a frequent traveler, and owing to this, I really love to explore new places.

-In fact, I love to meet new people and learn about their culture because all these FASCINATE me a lot.

-Even though I always plan my journey in advance in order to enjoy my time to the fullest, sometimes, things are not in our hands.

-Here I am going to talk about one of my journeys that did not go as per my planning.

-Once a year, we all family members make a plan to visit new places. This year we planned to visit all RENOWNED Hindu religious places of Gujarat. We all were really DELIGHTED to visit there.

-We decided to cover the distance by car. This was in January and it was a really important journey for us because we all family members usually remain busy in our work most of the time.

-Only in January,  everyone gets some free time to enjoy properly with family members.  Moreover,  at the end of January, my brother was moving abroad for higher studies.

-We didn't want to miss the opportunity to spend that precious time together because my brother would be away for at least three years. The journey started at CRACK OF DAWN. 

-We decided to visit "Nilkanthdham temple" at first.  Suddenly,  our car stopped working 7km away from our destination. 

-Even though my father has proper knowledge about how to handle a car break down, that day it was really hard for him to find the problem.

-At last, he googled about nearby mechanics, and luckily there was a repair shop STONE'S THROW AWAY from that place.

-Still, it took 1 hour to solve the issue. Just after 3 km from there, we got to know that there was work under construction and we had to travel by alternative path.

-That means spending an extra 3 hours to reach our destination which was not a good idea.

-My brother really wanted to take blessings from "Nilkanthdham temple" before moving abroad.

-Besides this, my grandfather wanted to take us there so that we keep connected with our roots. If we continued the journey,  it would have been really tiring for my father to drive.

-However,  we decided to visit only one Hindu religious place that day instead of visiting all decided places.

-Everyone agreed with this decision.  As we reached really late in the evening, we decided to stay there for a night.

 -Still, we all were happy that we enjoyed that day although our journey was not according to our plan


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