IELTS Speaking Part 1 Car Travel: Talking about car travel or trip is a piece of cake as this topic is extremely relatable. Study the ideas that are provided in this post, learn how each answer is constructed to answer each topic question, and practice so you can achieve a band 7.0 or even get a band 9.0.







ielts speaking car travel or car trip recent questions and answers

Traveling by car in a scenic spot. ©Jamie Street


Do you like to travel by car?  


(Answer 1)  


Definitely! It’s way more convenient than public transport. I’m more than grateful to have owned a car, especially these days that it’s not completely safe to go to crowded places like stations since the threat of contracting the coronavirus is serious.  

(Answer 2)  


Yes, I do because undeniably it provides nothing but convenience. However, I don’t have a car so I’m left with no choice but to take a bus or train every single day. 




 Contract [verb as used in the answer] – to become affected 

Threat [noun] – danger 

Be left with no choice [phrase] – to make someone feel that they must do something     



When do you travel by car?  


(Answer 1)  


Well, every day, when I go to work and when I need to go to the supermarket. As I said, I don’t use any modes of public transport, especially these days. Although traveling by car is very convenient, I must say it’s incredibly costly to own a car.   


(Answer 2) 


When my friends invite me to travel somewhere – that’s the only time that I can travel by car. However,  these days I don’t have any opportunity because my friends and I temporarily delay our travel plans due to the travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.   




 Incredibly [adv.] – extremely 

Delay [verb] – hold up; keep back    



Where is the farthest place you have traveled to by car?  


(Answer 1) 

Let me think…I guess when my family went to the neighboring island of our city. If my memory serves me right, that was four years ago. So we had to take our car on the ferry in order to get to the island and I enjoyed driving around that island because its beauty is just mesmerizing.   


(Answer 2)  


I suppose when my friends and I traveled to the western part of our state. I don’t know how many miles we had traveled then but we came from the northeast part of our city and it took us almost six hours to reach our destination. That was a great trip but I felt sorry for our driver. 




 If my memory serves me right [expression] – if I remember correctly

Mesmerizing [adj.] – very attractive 

Feel sorry for someone [phrase] – to feel sympathy for someone for the unpleasant situation    



Do you like to sit in the front or back when traveling by car?  


(Answer 1)  


Well, if I’m not the driver, I prefer the back seat because I can rest or sleep. It’s impossible for me to sleep when I sit in the front because I feel like it’s my obligation to have a chat with the driver so he won’t feel drowsy, especially if it’s a long hour drive. 


(Answer 2)  


It depends, if I’m asked to sit in the front, then I won’t say no. It’s nice to sit in the front, especially if I’m traveling in scenic spots, I’ll be able to enjoy the spectacular view completely since there’s no obstruction of my eyes.   


 Drowsy[adj.] – sleepy 

Scenic [adj.] – picturesque; pleasing 

Spectacular [adj.] – eye-catching; beautiful

Obstruction [noun] – barrier    



Learn the RECENT IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic about RELAX or RELAXATION on this link

This IELTS Speaking Part 1 Car travel or trip recent topic should be treated as a difficult topic. We all travel by car every now and then, so just use your experience when answering the questions, however, be more creative to showcase your English communication skills with your examiner. The sample answers give you some great techniques on how to answer questions in a more creative and sensible way. 

These sample answers serve as your guide, please avoid memorizing them, instead, practice and develop your confidence so you can surely ace your exam.  


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