Essay On Bag

Student Essay: A Week Without Luggage

This guest post was written by ACIS student traveler Carter Norton about his trip to Italy with ACIS:

My spring break trip to Italy is one that I will never forget. Not only did ACIS do an amazing job planning and helping me throughout the entire trip, but they made it a learning experience that was truly enjoyable. However, there was one small complication that I had to deal with during this adventure. My luggage was lost by the airline, and I wouldn’t get it back until the last day of the trip. The only thing I had in my possession while traveling around Italy was a school shirt, a pair of sweatpants and a pair of khakis. And thankfully, ACIS had advised us to carry our passports and documents with us at all times.

At first, I was disappointed that all the time I’d spent packing had been for nothing, but I realized that I should accept my limited possessions in order to have a great time on the trip. Now, this new way of thinking worked until my roommates decided it would be funny to hide both pairs of my pants. You don’t know the meaning of “rushed” until you are running around in nothing but your underwear trying to find the only things you own before breakfast.

I also created a system that seemed to be working flawlessly. I would wear sweats on days that we would travel and my khakis on the days when we would walk around a new city.

When ACIS realized that I wasn’t going to get my luggage back anytime soon, they provided me with some money to help me do some shopping and expand my (very) limited wardrobe. I promptly used this money to buy a Toblerone, two packs of gummy bears, and a muffin. Looking back, I do not regret that decision at all; in fact, these were some of my better purchases.

In the end, I reflected on the trip and realized that I had it easier than anyone else. I could carry everything I owned at all times in a tiny bag and I would always get the best seat on the bus. I learned that packing as little as possible is beneficial in the long run. You don’t need a heavy suitcase with your entire wardrobe in it to have fun. Pack light, go out and explore the world. This trip ended up being the greatest vacation I have ever taken and I wouldn’t change a single moment of it.

Has an airline ever lost your luggage? Tell us your story in the comments section below!


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Below is a model IELTS writing task 2 answer for an essay question reported in the IELTS test this month. The question was reported in the test on March 3rd.

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  • a link to learn plastic bag facts
  • useful vocabulary for this topic
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IELTS Essay Question March 2018

In many countries plastic shopping bags  are the main source of rubbish, causing pollution on land and in the water, so people think they should be banned. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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IELTS Model Essay March 2018

Some people think that plastic shopping bags should be prohibited because they are one of the major pollutants of both land and water around the world. I completely agree, but I think there are other measures that can be taken before putting a complete ban in place.

The reason that plastic bags should be banned in the near future is because they do not biodegrade and continue to pollute the environment for hundreds of years after being discarded. Plastic bags are often used only once, and end up clogging the land and polluting the water, causing about 100,000 marine animal deaths each year. Even when plastic does start to break down, it fragments into micro plastic which causes even more damage to all life on Earth. The only way to prevent throw-away plastic, such as plastic shopping bags, from seriously and irreversibly damaging our planet is to prohibit it.

However, it is best to try to change consumer behaviour before completely banning plastic bags. Plastic bags are not a vitally, necessary plastic product, only a convenience and customers should learn to replaced them by using bags from home. Another step to deterring people from using so many plastic bags is by putting a high price on them  which will encourage people to reuse them.  Finally, having recycle bins by which customers can get cash back for depositing used plastic bags will also help. By altering consumer behaviour, it is a good way of raising awareness of plastic pollution as a whole and this can lead to more action on other unnecessary plastic products in the future.

In conclusion, an eventual total ban on plastic bags is crucial to preserve life on this planet and protect it from the effects of throw away non-biodegradable products.

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Plastic Bag Facts

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Useful language List

  • ban / prohibit
  • discard
  • biodegradable / non-biodegradable
  • fragment
  • micro plastic
  • throw away products
  • marine life / marine animal
  • irreversibly damage
  • pollutant
  • consumer behaviour
  • deter
  • recycle bins
  • cash back
  • preserve life

It is also possible to agree with one side only. See other essays posted by students for this essay question – Other Student Essays


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