Letter Sample #12 – A friend you met last year has invited you to visit

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 12

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A friend you met last year has invited you to visit him/her in his/her country. You have never been to this country and need some information before you leave.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • request advise about a gift for his/her family
  • ask about activities and clothing in his/her country
  • find out about the food

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………,

Model Answer 1:

Dear Russell,

I hope you and your lovely wife are doing excellent. It’s been quite a while since I last wrote to you and I regret not writing more frequently. Your invitation to visit Australia is indeed thrilling. I am planning to visit you next month and need some suggestions regarding my choice of clothing, food and activities during my stay.

In relation to the specifics of my arrival, I have decided to come to Australia on 24th November. Since I am travelling there for the first time, I am not sure how to pack my luggage. What type of clothing is more suitable during this time of the year? Should I bring any special type of attire you think would be more appropriate?

I insist that you recommend a gift for Julia. I would absolutely love to give her something special and I need your advice. I will stay with you for around a week. Do you have any special activities in mind? What are the common outdoor activities Australians prefer during this time of the year? Can we try some of these?

Finally, I would like to reiterate that I am a vegetarian and would love to enjoy some local cuisine in Australia. Hopefully, that would not be a big issue.

Thank you for inviting me and I cannot wait to meet you.

Warm regards,


Model Answer 2: 

Dear Ryan,

Hope all is well at your end. I am glad to let you that I have finally made all the necessary arrangements to visit your country after a few weeks. And I am hoping to spend some quality time with you all.

However, the problem is that I am still not too sure about what kind clothing I should be carrying with me in order to remain comfortable in your weather whether I am walking in the streets or riding in a car. Besides, since I will be travelling out of my country for the first time, it would be really great to know what kinds of food are really available in your country. Apart from the weather and foods, I would also love to get some information on outdoor activities which you really enjoy. After all, I am pretty sure that I won’t be staying always stuck inside my room while visiting your country.

Finally, I know that I shouldn’t really be asking this question to you, but I definitely could use some advice from you in choosing a gift for your wife and daughter apart from a beautiful handicraft item from my country.

That is all for now. Hope to hear from you soon.

Warm wishes,

Ron Henderson

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