IELTS Speaking Part 1: 'holidays' topic

IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘holidays’ topic

Here are some recent part 1 questions that a student shared. Try to answer each question using just one sentence: give a direct answer and a reason.

  1. Do you like holidays? Why / why not?
  2. Do you prefer to travel or stay at home during holiday periods? Why?
  3. What do most people do during their holidays in your country? Why?
  4. When do you prefer to take your holidays? Why?

IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘holidays’ answers

Here are my sample answers for the questions that I asked you to look at last week. As usual, my part 1 answers are short and simple.

Remember that the priority in part 1 is to answer “fluently”, not to show off your best language (you can do that in parts 2 and 3).

1) Do you like holidays? Why / why not?

Yes, I love holidays because I get the chance to take a break from work, to relax and unwind, and to spend time with my family.

2) Do you prefer to travel or stay at home during holiday periods? Why?

If I can I prefer to travel. It’s nice to get away from everything and to have a change of scenery. Also, I like visiting new places and doing some sightseeing.

3) What do most people do during their holidays in your country? Why?

During the summer especially, I think most British people go somewhere hot and sunny, to escape from the British weather!

4) When do you prefer to take your holidays? Why?

I like taking my holidays just outside the main summer season, which is July and August. If you go on holiday in May, June or September, everything is cheaper and places aren’t so crowded with tourists.