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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 183 - Which do you prefer - planning or not planning for your leisure time

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IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.   

Some people prefer to plan activities for their free time very carefully. Others choose not to make any plans at all for their free time. Compare the benefits of planning free-time activities with the benefits of not making plans.

Which do you prefer - planning or not planning for your leisure time?

Use specific reasons and examples to explain your choice.

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
It is a fact that every individual spend his/her free time differently, as a group of people choose to spend their leisure time without any plan at all, while others prefer to spend it with agenda and schedule. Planned or unplanned leisure activities have their own positive sides but I prefer to have a planned free time activities and the following essay will discuss them in details.

To begin with, some people prefer to spend their leisure activities freely, without any schedules. They believe that free time activities should be totally different from their daily activities, whereas they are full of routine activities, tight deadlines and busy schedules. They believe that leisure time should be spent in doing anything they like doing that time, and they could do it as long as they like. For example, some people prefer sunbath activity at the beach during holiday periods, and they prefer to do it without any time limit. They will end their sunbathing activities after they are satisfied.

For a number of reasons, another group of people believe that free time activities would be more effective and efficient if they plan it. Firstly, by doing some preparation, they already have the agenda for the day on what to do, what to see and how will they travel to those places, therefore they could visit more attractive and unique places during their holiday time.  Secondly, a planned holiday would definitely save more budgets. People who planned their holiday time could book airline tickets and accommodations from an earlier period.  As a result, they get cheaper prices for aeroplane tickets and the hotel's room rate as well.

In conclusion, it is a fact that some people prefer to plan their holiday or leisure time, while others choose not to plan it. Each side has its own advantages, but I personally choose to have a planned holiday time, as I could see more attractive places during that time and save more money.

[ Written by Darwin Lesmana]


Model Answer 2:
Nowadays people have so many things to do that they almost always do not have enough time for it. When we go to bed we carefully think and plan our next day and it continues day in and day out. We wake up, recollect our checklist with things to do and in a few minutes, we are already in a car on our way to the office. Often people do not have time for themselves. So, when people have some spare time they want to use it wisely. Some people prefer to plan activities for their free time very carefully. However, others prefer not to make any plans. In this essay, I will analyse both cases and present my view in favour of planning free-time activities.


From the one side, not making any plans and just letting the time pass by for some time have some benefits. First of all, a person can just relax, enjoy the beautiful moments, spend his or her time with loved ones, watch a movie, listen to relaxing music, observe the flowers in bloom from the window, contemplate about his or her life and just slow down the pace of life. I think it is a very good way to eliminate one's stress and tension and just leave all troubles and worries behind.


From the other side, careful planning can bring many benefits too. First of all, one can travel. However, travelling requires some planning to be made. For example, one most likely will need a hotel room. So, the reservation should be made beforehand. Also, it is wise to check one's car to avoid breakdowns and have an uninterrupted worry-free trip. Second of all, planning one's activities allows spending one's free time the way he/she likes. For instance, if I want to play tennis on incoming weekend I will certainly make a reservation for a court because in this case I will not be disappointed with the waste of my time. Personally, I prefer to make plans for my free time because it allows me to spend my vacation or weekends the way I want it.


To sum up, I think careful planning allows people to derive maximum benefits from their free time. However, I must confess sometimes I allow myself just to stay at home with my friends and family and not make any plans.

Spare time activities

Here’s what your friend Théo has written about:

  • what he likes doing in his free time, and why
  • what he did last weekend
  • the music he likes and why
  • a film he has seen recently and what he thought about it
  • what he is planning to do in his free time next weekend

Salut Jack,

Je m’intéresse à tous les sports, donc pendant mon temps libre, je suis très actif. Généralement, je vais au gymnase trois fois par semaine et je joue au foot avec mes amis le week-end. Quand je ne fais pas d’exercice, j’aime sortir avec mes copains. Le soir, nous allons au cinéma ou au bowling.

Le week-end dernier, je suis allé à la plage avec ma famille parce qu’il a fait beau. J’ai fait du surf et j’ai même bronzé un peu. Le soir, nous sommes allés au restaurant. Le dimanche, j’ai fait de la randonnée à vélo avec ma sœur. C’était fatigant.

En ce qui concerne la musique, je n’aime pas du tout le rock, j’aime la musique classique parce que c’est de la musique très relaxante. Cependant, quand je sors avec mes amis, j’adore écouter de la musique électronique.

Hier, je suis allé au cinéma avec ma petite amie. Nous avons vu un film. Le film était plein d’action. J’ai aimé le film parce qu’il était passionnant. En revanche, ma petite amie a trouvé le film trop violent, elle préfère les comédies.

Le week-end prochain, ce sera l’anniversaire de mon meilleur copain, donc j’irai à sa fête d’anniversaire. Le dimanche, je ferai mes devoirs avant d’aller au centre sportif pour faire du sport.

Qu’est-ce que tu aimes faire pendant ton temps libre ? Qu’est-ce que tu as fait le week-end dernier ?

À bientôt,



Hi Jack,

I’m interested in all sports therefore in my free time I am very active. Usually I go to the gym three times a week and I play football with my friends at the weekend. When I’m not doing exercise, I like to go out with my friends. In the evening we go to the cinema or bowling.

Last weekend I went to the beach with my family because it was nice weather. I surfed and even got a bit tanned. In the evening we went to a restaurant. On Sunday I went on a bike ride with my sister. It was tiring.

With regards to music I don’t like rock at all, I like classical music because it is very relaxing. However, when I go out with my friends, I love listening to dance music.

Yesterday, I went to the cinema with my girlfriend. We watched a film. The film was full of action. I liked the film because it was exciting. On the other hand my girlfriend found the film too violent, she prefers comedies.

Next weekend it’s my best friend’s birthday so I will go to his birthday party. On Sunday I will do my homework before going to the sports centre to do sport.

What do you like to do in your free time? What did you do last weekend?

See you soon,


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