Model answers for Cambridge IELTS Book 19 Task 2 Essays General Test. Learn from my model answers so that you can get the score you need. Written by Mike Wattie, ex-IELTS examiner and author.

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𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐈-𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞.
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠?
𝐈𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐚 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐧𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐝?

Touring renowned locations mainly to shoot photos rather than truly experiencing the place is an increasingly common trend. This essay discusses why this behaviour is becoming prevalent and outlines why it has negative implications.

Two primary drivers catalyse this trend. The first is the quest for the ideal photo, driven by social media’s influence. In an era dominated by digital status, more individuals aim to capture and share images that depict an idealised life, motivated by societal pressures and the lure of social media validation. Additionally, the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) compels people to rush to visit trending spots, before they become over-visited. For instance, several islands in the Philippines have been closed to tourists due to damage to the ecosystem, such as Boracay, and this has caused tourists to rush to other popular islands.

These motivations, however, lead to significant negative consequences. The focus on photography over experience leads to shallow interactions with these locations, undermining the genuine cultural and educational enrichment travel typically provides. Moreover, driven by FOMO, the surge to these sites causes sudden overcrowding, is deteriorating local infrastructure and accelerating environmental degradation due to the increased footprint of tourists. Such impacts degrade the local communities and natural settings.

In conclusion, the trend of visiting famous sites primarily for photography is driven by the desire for perfect shots and influenced by FOMO. It has negative outcomes as it promotes surface-level engagement with important locales and creates environmental and infrastructural strains. This trend potentially causes lasting damage to both the destinations and the depth of travellers’ experiences.

𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐚𝐲 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨, 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨, 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞, 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧.
𝐈𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬?
𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬?

It is common for individuals to outsource household tasks they are reluctant or unable to perform themselves. This essay will discuss the merits of this approach as a means to foster job creation and explain why engaging others to handle personal responsibilities is more advantageous for individuals than handling these tasks on their own.

Employing others to undertake errands presents several benefits. Initially, it creates opportunities for employment in the service industry, essential for those who might be excluded from other job markets due to a lack of educational qualifications or personal constraints. These roles are typically more accessible and require less formal training, opening them up to a broader segment of the population. Moreover, by hiring these individuals, households directly enhance the local economic activity. This type of employment supports local people with jobs and also local companies that these employees might frequent, thereby boosting the financial circulation within the community

There are strong justifications for individuals to opt out of performing these chores themselves. The principal rationale is that it is unproductive for individuals to engage in activities they find undesirable when others could derive benefits from undertaking these tasks. To illustrate, hiring a cleaner enabled me to better concentrate on my entrepreneurial endeavours while simultaneously providing the cleaner with a source of income. Similarly, if someone does not have time to manage a task, it makes sense to outsource it to someone who does. For example, it’s sensible for employed parents to engage a nanny for their children after school, allowing them to concentrate on their job responsibilities that support their family’s economic stability.

In conclusion, outsourcing personal tasks not only expands employment prospects in sectors accessible to a diverse group of individuals but also significantly contributes to the economic vitality of the local community. Assigning less appealing or time-consuming tasks to others enables individuals to focus on their primary goals, enhancing personal effectiveness and ensuring economic security for those involved in these activities.

𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐮𝐲 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐚, 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬?
𝐈𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐧𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐝?

Shoppers are increasingly inclined to purchase products made locally instead of ones that are imported. This essay will outline the motives behind this preference and explain why this phenomenon is beneficial.

The movement towards goods sourced locally is primarily driven by two main aspects. The main reason is an enhanced awareness of environmental issues. Consumers are becoming more responsive to the environmental impact caused by transporting goods over long distances. Selecting local produce significantly reduces the environmental burden associated with long-distance transport. Additionally, there is a strong inclination to support the regional economy. Many consumers recognise that purchasing from local vendors helps keep financial resources within the community, benefiting all involved parties.

This trend is considered highly beneficial for numerous reasons. The principal benefit of buying locally is the promotion of environmental sustainability. More specifically, it reduces the necessity for long-distance transport, which leads to a decrease in carbon emissions. This adjustment aids in maintaining emissions at levels that do not threaten environmental health, promoting sustainable consumer habits and aiding in the global fight against climate change. Economically, bolstering local businesses boosts regional economic development. It aids in the growth of small businesses, encourages entrepreneurial efforts, enhances job opportunities, and results in a more stable and robust local economy.

In conclusion, the preference for goods produced locally is driven by a commitment to ecological preservation and support for economic development within local communities. This trend is undeniably positive as it supports both environmental responsibility and economic growth. By continuing to prioritise local products, consumers play a vital role in a sustainable economic model that benefits both the environment and the community.

𝐍𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐠𝐨. 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬. 𝐎𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞.
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧.

In contemporary society, renowned individuals are frequently photographed by professional photographers wherever they go. Some people believe this is beneficial because the public is interested in their lives. Others argue that it is wrong for photographers to follow famous people. This essay discusses both sides of this argument and gives my opinion.

Those advocating photographing famous people believe that photographing celebrities is beneficial for several reasons. The main benefit is that it satisfies the public’s curiosity and interest in the personal lives of well-known individuals. People enjoy staying updated about their favourite celebrities’ activities and lifestyles, and these photographs provide a glimpse into their world. Moreover, constant media coverage helps celebrities maintain their popularity and public image. Being frequently in the spotlight ensures that they remain relevant and influential in the public eye.

However, proponents of the view that photographers should not follow public figures for privacy reasons also present compelling arguments. The main one is that continuous media attention can invade celebrities’ privacy and disrupt their personal lives. Everyone, including public figures, deserves a certain level of privacy and freedom from intrusive photographers. Furthermore, relentless pursuit by photographers can lead to stressful situations and even dangerous encounters. For example, Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash while trying to escape aggressive paparazzi.

In conclusion, I believe both sides of the argument have merits. However, I more strongly favour the view that photographers should not follow famous people. The right to privacy and the potential dangers posed by relentless media attention far outweigh the benefits of satisfying public curiosity and maintaining a celebrity’s image. It is crucial to implement measures that protect celebrities’ privacy and ensure their safety.

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