Letter Sample #32 – You are going to spend your vacation in a foreign country

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 32

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are going to spend your vacation in a city in a foreign country. You have never been there before. Your cousin has a friend who lives there.

Write a letter to the friend. In your letter:

  • introduce yourself
  • say why you are making this trip
  • ask some questions about the city (e.g. places to see, things to do, things to bring)

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………,

Model Answer:

Dear Spencer,

My name is Robin, and I am John Smith’s cousin from the United Kingdom. I am hoping to visit Sydney next summer and when I heard that John has a friend who lives in Sydney, I thought I could write to you and get introduced. Smith said that you would not mind answering some of my questions regarding my upcoming trip to Australia.

I will get a month-long vacation after I finish my first year at my university. I have decided to spend the vacation in a foreign city and chose Sydney for that. I have always wanted to enjoy a trip to Australia and I would love to visit the Sydney Opera House. The stunning architecture and excellent programme of events make it Sydney’s number one destination and I am eagerly waiting to be there. Besides, I might follow one of the test series between Australia and England cricket teams which is supposed to start next summer in Sydney.

I need some suggestions from you and I hope you can make some time to answer. Where should I stay when I am in Sydney? I don’t have the luxury to stay in a rated hotel. I would prefer something budget friendly. What are the best places to be and exciting things to do in Sydney? Since you have been there for a long, you can give me a realistic picture of such activities. Finally, please update me about the weather in summer there. This would help me decide to pack my stuff.

I would love to hear from you and even can meet you next summer for lunch. Smith said hello.

Best wishes,


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