IELTS A Person Who Often Travels By Plane: Below are the sample answers in Parts 2 & 3 talking about a person who frequently travels by an airplane. Also, this post answers the questions in Part 3 about air transportation, advantages of traveling by plane, and questions related to airport. Get ideas on this post and learn how to develop your answers better. Achieve band 9.0!











Describe a person who often travels by plane

You should say:

  • Who he or she is
  • Where he or she goes
  • Why he or she travels by plane
  • And explain how he or she feels about it




A N S W E R 



Honestly, I barely know someone who is a frequent traveler by plane, however, a few months ago, while I was attending a career seminar for graduating university students in our school, I met and personally talked with one of the most valuable speakers of that seminar. His name is Reynolds and he works in one of the biggest consumer goods company in the world. He is a Global Brand Manager and is based in New South Wales, Australia, as far as I can remember. 



Barely [adv.] – hardly; almost not

Frequent [adj.] – repeated; periodic

Briefly [adv.] – for a short time

Consumer goods company [noun] – a company that manufactures food, beverages, and other commodities 

As far as I can remember [phrase] – used when recalling something in the past but you are not completely sure if you’re correct





i.) FIRST PARAGRAPH: The speaker developed his introduction by telling the examiner that he didn’t know a lot of people who traveled a lot, and then he transitioned to talking about the time when he met one in his university. Right after that, he particularly mentioned this person. Notice the expressions he used.

ii.) If you notice, he simply gave background information of who’s that person – that is very important in order for him to properly position the right details of that person and to make sure that the examiner will surely know who that person was. Background information is a very important detail when telling a story. So make your you don’t miss that!


Well, our university traditionally hosts a once-in-a-year and the largest job seminar in our city and usually invites various local and international companies to promote their company to students and invite them to give a shot in applying to their respective companies. 


As I was one of the members of a student organization in that university, I had a chance to talk with Mr. Reynolds, I learned that, he traveled for more than 50 times a year visiting his company’s subsidiaries in Asia Pacific Region to spearhead the launching of their new products from time to time. He also conducts some workshops about branding to workers, and deliver several speeches to different institutions especially universities like ours. 




Traditionally [adv.]  – something that is done regularly

Host [verb] – hold

Give a shot [idiom] – to try

Respective [adj.] – belonging to

Organizer [noun] – a person who arranges an event

Subsidiary [noun] – a company that is controlled by a holding company; branch

Launch [verb] – to start; introduce

Spearhead [verb] – to lead an organized activity or project

From time to time [phrase] – occasionally





ii.) SECOND PARAGRAPH: Again, the speaker gave background information, but this time it’s about his school. This is essential to support the idea on his introduction. This is what we called Coherence. 

iii.) THIRD PARAGRAPH: This part is where the speaker talked about that person fully by giving relevant information and this is the part where he answered the first three key points of the cue card. The way he answered the key points in the cue card is very straightforward!

Anyway, after that seminar, we had a casual talk and he shared some of his wonderful experiences being a worker and at the same time a traveler. He said that he did really love his job since he had a lot of opportunities to visit different countries, and it helped him broaden his perspective on life through learning and experiencing a wide array of cultures. Unfortunately, our conversation was shortly interrupted since he got a phone call but he left me with a valuable piece of advice and that’s to find a job that would help me grow professionally and at the same time make me happy. I was very inspired after hearing that golden advice that I hope I can find a job that gives me the opportunity to travel countlessly like Mr. Reynolds.




Broaden (one’s) perspective [idiom] – to increase one’s knowledge or understanding

(A wide) array [noun] – a large number 

Piece of advice [expression] – to give advice or counsel (Note: We don’t say ‘advices’ but we say ‘pieces of advice’.)

Countlessly [adv.] – too many to count





iv.) FOURTH PARAGRAPH: On this part, the speaker answered the last key point in the cue card talking about the feeling that person felt upon traveling countlessly. To extend his answer, he added supplemental details about his encounter with that man and talked about the job and the travel experience of that person. And finally, he ended his answer by talking about the lesson he learned from having that conversation with that person. His ending wonderfully wraps up his story. If you can do like what the speaker did here, please do it! 





What are the advantages of traveling by plane?


I do not see many benefits when traveling by plane, except for the fact that it is the fastest means of transportation among other modes of transport. Because of airplanes, traveling time has been reduced substantially compared to the past wherein people were only reliant on ships whenever they embark on a journey. I cannot imagine how inconvenient it was to spend several days or even a month on seas to reach a foreign land.

Thanks to the invention of airplanes, people can travel conveniently as it reduces the number of hours spent on traveling and I believe that is the ultimate advantage of traveling by an aircraft.





Means of transportation / mode of transport [noun] – any vehicle that you can travel or carry goods

Substantially [adv.] – to a great extent

Reliant [adj.] – dependent on someone or something

Embark [verb] – to begin a travel

Foreign land [expression] – another country

Ultimate [adj.] – best; greatest

Aircraft [noun] – a plane





i.) The speaker couldn’t see a lot of advantages of traveling by plane thus he only stated the obvious. Although, the examiner is asking him to give plural (advantages), still he’s being straightforward to the examiner and said that he didn’t see a lot of benefits. In order for him to discuss his answer, he used the comparison approach technique to develop his answer a bit more that surely helped him make the examiner understand his argument. 

ii.) Don’t be afraid to be too direct when answering, if you don’t have any knowledge about something, tell the examiner. Just like how the speaker answered his question – as he didn’t see a lot of advantages, he only mentioned one and just explained his answer thoroughly. Don’t force yourself to give several advantages if you don’t really know, you’ll end up stammering which will have a bad impact on the criterion, Fluency and Coherence. 


What are the disadvantages of living near an airport?

There are a couple of challenges upon living in a residence in which the airport is just a few kilometers away. The main challenge is the noise pollution. It is undeniable that the sound that is produced by an aircraft when it is taking off or touching down is loud, which surely bothers the residents who are living near the airport. For sure, some residents are awakened by the noise of the planes when sleeping every now and then.


Another challenge that I see is traffic – traffic jams are expected in the area that is close to the airport, for the obvious reason and this contributes to the noise pollution as well. Well, these are the problems that I see upon living in  a place that is near an airport and I believe if you are a person who loves tranquility, you should never live in that kind of place. 




A couple of [idiom] – two things or a few things

Residence [noun] – home

Take off [phrasal verb] – to leave the ground and fly

Touch down [phrasal verb] – to land

Tranquility [noun] – being calm



i.) The speaker started his answer by paraphrasing the words in the question before giving his answers. This is a kind of technique that would help him get a good mark in the criterion Lexical Resource as he’s able to show to the examiner that he could say the idea of the question in his own words. Doing this can help you give ample time of yourself thinking of your answer. So this kind of technique has two purposes.



ii.) His answer focused on two main issues which are the noise pollution and traffic. He explained both thoroughly and stated some realistic situations that would help support his answer. Also, he ended his answer by using a conditional tense (first conditional) as his conclusive statement and that also targeted the criterion, Grammar and Accuracy. Using conditional tenses can surely help you increase your mark in the aforesaid criterion. 


Would you prefer the airport to be built inside the city or in the outskirts?


As I am living in the outskirts and the life there is calm – without any noise pollution and overcrowded roads, and the cost of living is very affordable, I would prefer an airport to be in the metropolis not in the kind of place where I am living. This is simply because I do not like the outskirts to become too industrialized, once industrialization comes in, it is expected that the serenity of the outskirts will be vanished and the cost of living will rise significantly. Besides, airports are usually built in the metropolitan areas because of convenience, so let that trend remain as is. 




Outskirts [noun] – the outer part of the city or town

Metropolis [noun] – the capital city

Come in [phrasal verb] – enter; arrive

Vanish [verb] – disappear completely

Significantly [adv.] – seriously; in a sufficiently great

As is [phrase] – in the existing circumstance





i.) The speaker didn’t immediately give his choice, instead, he described the beauty of the outskirts first and the amazing benefits it provided to the residents. Then, he transitioned to his choice of where the airport should be built and presented his realistic explanation.

ii.) The way the speaker gave his introduction is not a typical one – which is giving a direct answer to the question. You can use this kind of technique when answering questions in Part 3 every now and then, just to vary your way of answering. Giving the same style or format when answering is dull and you would be construed as not flexible enough when using the English language in expressing your thoughts. If possible, vary your way of introducing your answer and in ending your answer. Varying means flexibility.


What do people consider when they buy a plane ticket, the cost or comfort?


I cannot generalize all travelers since every traveler is unique in terms of financial capacity or travel priorities. There are those people who prefer comfort over the cost and are willing to pay high-priced tickets because they just want convenience more than anything else when traveling.


However, there are those travelers who pay more attention to the cost and buy economical tickets or opt for low-cost carriers since they cannot afford to purchase hefty price tickets, or some of them simply want to be economical and practical. So, practically speaking, the choice depends on what the traveler prioritizes and his circumstance. 


In terms of [phrase] – with regard to

High-priced [adj.] – expensive

Opt [verb] – choose

Low-cost carrier [noun] – budget airline which means no traditional amenities

Hefty [adj.] – large amount

Circumstance [noun] – the situation, condition




i.) The speaker gave a realistic answer by not giving a generalization. Instead, he used a comparative way to answer the question. He explained the two types of travelers in an equal way and ended his answer by stating the fact that it all depended on the traveler’s circumstance.

ii.) Pay more attention to the question and comprehend well. Do not immediately choose one over the other, make sure you understand the question completely so that you’ll be able to develop a better and organized answer. Also, relate the topic or question to realities, in that way, you can express or explain your answer spontaneously.

Learn how to answer the RECENT IELTS SPEAKING IN PART 1 ABOUT WALKING on this link


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