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Describe your tourism & adventure (IELTS Cue Card 2020)

Posted: May 27, 2020 at 11:57 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

IELTS Travel & Tourism & Adventure Vocabulary : Useful Phrases & Expressions in IELTS Speaking

Today I will share with you a wide range of IELTS travel vocabulary words to help you hike up your IELTS score on any IELTS Speaking question that has to do with travel & adventure in the Speaking section (Part 1, 2 or 3) on the IELTS test.

Useful Collocation and Expressions for IELTS Speaking – Topic: Travel

To get away: To escape, to go somewhere that is not your home. You can also use the noun “getaway.”

Example: Last week, I had a great chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to visit an ancient village in the countryside.

A thirst for adventure: a strong desire for traveling/adventure

Get itchy feet: have a strong desire to travel

Example: I’ve always had a thirst for adventure and often get itchy feet so I decided to set out on a journey from the North to the South of Australia next month.

To find a gem: When you find a place where only locals go and other tourists don’t visit.

Example: Try to find a local guide when you visit a foreign country to successfully find a gem during your trip.

Arduous journey: difficult & tiring journey

Break the journey: stop for a short time during the journey

Example: I had an arduous journey to the South of Vietnam last year. I thought I would break the journey somewhere but I finally did it all in one go.

Adventurous explorer: a traveler who is willing to do or try new and daring things

Have a stopover: Have a brief overnight stay in a place when on a long journey to somewhere else, usually by air

Example: I had a stopover in China on the way to Thailand, had a bit of a rest, and did the sights there before traveling on.

Low-cost airline: discount or budget airline

Put somebody on standby: make me wait to see if a seat become available

Example: Last week I got a flight on a low-cost airline to Paris. I then tried to get a flight to the UK but they were all full, so they put me on standby.

To take red-eye: To take a late-night airline flight

Example: I had to take a red-eye and now I’m exhausted.

Intrepid explorer: brave, with no fear of dangerous situations

Off the beaten track: An unusual route or destination

Example: My best friend is an intrepid traveler who has a real sense of adventure. He always loves to set out on a journey off the beaten track

Unexplored wilderness

Example: I’m thirsty for a journey into the unexplored wilderness and getting right off the beaten track.

To take the road less traveled: To do things differently and to think outside of the box.

Example: Adventurous travelers like to take the road less traveled when visiting a new country.

A real sense of adventure: the urge to explore beyond your daily surroundings and open yourself up to the adventure

To have wanderlust: To want to move around and see a lot of things around the world. To not want to stay in one place.

Example: I had an incurable case of wanderlust.

The first leg of the journey: the first segment of a journey; the first flight of a multi-flight trip.

Example: The first leg of the journey got me to the UK but it just gave me a very little indication of what lay ahead.

Off the beaten track (path):  in a place where few people go; unusual route/destination

Example: Most young travelers make the effort to get off the tourist trail and look for off the beaten path destinations to experience the raw beauty of the country.


Part 1 Sample Questions

  • Do you like to travel?
  • What kind of places have you visited in your life?
  • Which place would you really like to visit? Why?
  • What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?
  • Which form(s) of transport do you usually use?
  • What is the easiest way to get around your town/city?
  • Do people use public transport where you live?
  • Are there any problems with the public transport system in your town/city?
  • How do you prefer to travel on long journeys?
  • What is the most unusual method of transport you’ve ever used?

Part 2: Cue Card

Describe an interesting journey you have been on.

You should say :

  • where you went
  • how you traveled there
  • who you went with

and explain what was so memorable about the journey.

Part 3 Sample Questions

  • How important is it to have an adventure in our lives?
  • What do people learn about themselves from having adventures?
  • How do you think people will travel in the future?
  • How easy is it to travel around your country?
  • Which method of travel do you consider the safest?
  • Has travel become safer in recent years?
  • What are the pros and cons of low-cost air travel?
  • How do you think people will travel in the future?

Remember, the worst thing you could do on the IELTS is to sound like every other Band 6 student by using typical IELTS vocabulary.

Make sure you are using interesting and native vocabulary throughout the exam like the ones in today’s article.

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