A Trip that Was Not up To Your Expectations Speaking Cue Card with Answer IELTS EXAM

A trip that was not up to your expectations speaking cue card with answer

  • where you went
  • what you did
  • what happened

Sample 1

On a recent national day, I went to Shandong with my parents to visit some unique landscapes. On our journey, we visited a famous place called TaiErZhuang, which left a deep impression on me 🌄.

However, because of the rain 🌧️, we had to change our plans to another place. I expected this place to be as good as the last one, but unfortunately, it seemed pretty shabby in my opinion.

This place is a national park 🌳, but the environment did not meet modern living standards. Also, the hotel we stayed in wasn’t very pleasant 🏨. These big changes made me unhappy.

I suffered from crowded places and the shining sun ☀️. I had to sit beside the table to do homework 📚 rather than play in the sand and enjoy the ocean waves 🌊. Though I tried to make things better, it didn’t happen in my favor. We stayed there for 2 days and finally left.

Sample 2

Last year, I went to visit the Tower of London, and it was a long and monotonous tour for me. I had to wait a couple of hours to barely catch a glimpse of the famous Crown Jewels 👑.

It was a study tour, and our college authority decided to take us to the Tower of London as part of the yearly excursion. The Tower of London is actually a Royal Palace and Fortress, a historic castle situated on the north bank of the River Thames in London 🏰.

The tour went wrong from the very beginning. One of our teachers got sick and couldn’t join us, and my best buddy did not show up, and I couldn’t reach him on his cell phone 📱.

Some of the students complained about the proper planning of the tour as the number of students was far more than the available reserved seats on the train 🚂.

The train arrived late, and we had to wait at the station. Our lunch was delayed, not sure what was the reason, and when we reached our destination, I was quite exhausted. Probably delayed lunch and unexpected rain caused this.

I waited in the long queue before I could see the main attraction, the Crown Jewel, and then I had to move very quickly as I was feeling the pressure from the back of the queue.

The worst part of this tour was that the tour guide did not show up at all. We had to Google for some information regarding this place and got bored in less than an hour. At a time, I was expecting to return home as soon as possible.

If I compare it with the other fascinating tour experiences I had, I must confess that it was far worse than my previous tours. That must have been a bad hair day as many things went wrong, and I had to return home with an overall bad experience, though I had very high expectations from this tour.

Sample 3

I have many journeys in my life. Here, I am going to talk about my trip to Manali. I went there with my family last year in January. We went there by our car, and the car journey was very enjoyable 🚗.

However, the rest of the holiday was very bad. My father had booked a hotel through an online website. On reaching the hotel, we found the rooms very small, smelly, and even the beddings were very dirty; even the light was very low in the room 💡.

It was very late in the night, so with wrinkled noses, we spent the night there. The next day, we changed the hotel, and it really made a big hole in our pocket because the website didn’t refund us 💸.

We went to Hadimba Temple the next day, and I remember I had a packet of chips in my hand 🍟.

I was suddenly surrounded by a number of monkeys looking threateningly at me 🐒. I was petrified. Then somebody told me to throw the chips away.

I did so, and the monkeys took the chips and ran away. Even in the new hotel, there was a scarcity of water, and even to bathe, we were given rationed water 💧.

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We stayed in Manali for 5 days. I really wanted to see the snowfall, but unfortunately, there was bright sunlight all those days ☀️. We came back on 30th January, and on 31st, I read in the paper that Manali had its snowfall ❄️. So, sis/mem, this trip was not up to my expectations.


  1. What are some famous tourist spots in your country?
  2. What are the impacts of tourism in your country?
  3. What are the positive impacts of tourism in your country?
  4. What are the negative impacts of tourism in your country?
  5. What do you think are the reasons people visit new places?
  6. What can you tell about the future of the tourism industry in your country?

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