Monday, 28 January 2013

General Training Writing - Model Answer (Task 2)

According to those in the travel business, the nature of the average ‘holiday’ is changing. Rather than seeking a relaxing break in a far-away place people now want excitement on their holiday and are keen to participate in unusual and challenging activities.
Do you agree or disagree?

While we all need a break once in a while, what a person chooses to do on holiday depends on many factors such as an individual’s income, their character and what they do for a living. With the development of the travel industry, holiday-makers have a host of destinations to choose from as well as a range of holiday types.

A young person, for example, may prefer to go to a busy city where there is a buzzing nightlife or on an adventure holiday which includes extreme sports. On the other hand, an adult who is under pressure at work will opt for a quiet place to relax with his or her family and forget about their problems for a while.

Unusual holidays are becoming popular with youngsters as they involve risk, adrenaline and an opportunity to act recklessly. Even though these types of holidays might be costly, you will often see people traveling to destinations like South Africa to dive with sharks, going to winter resorts to ski on dangerous slopes, sky diving and bungee jumping off high bridges. As daily life is mundane and lacks any sense of excitement, a few days spent on a thrilling holiday is likely to bring back a person’s enthusiasm for life.

Concluding, while in theory an unusual holiday involving challenging activities must sound inviting to many youngsters, there are many who still prefer to switch off and do absolutely nothing for a week.

Question taken from Insight Into IELTS Extra p.105

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