A Friend Who Lives In Another Country Has Invited You To Come And Stay With Him | Band 8 IELTS Letter Sample

A friend who lives in another country has invited you to come and stay with him on your next holiday. You are too busy to accept the invitation. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Thank him for the invitation
  • Explain why you cannot come
  • Ask him about other times to visit

Here is a band 8 IELTS letter on this topic written by one of our students. Need help with IELTS writing? Get your IELTS essays, letters and reports corrected by me.

Band 8 IELTS letter sample

Dear John,

I received your letter/email yesterday and I am writing back to thank you for inviting me to spend the vacation with you. It has been such a long time since we last met in India.

I was so looking forward to meeting you but only today I found out that my company is sending me to Japan on an official visit for the same dates. This is my first project overseas and my promotion is heavily dependent on the outcome of this assignment. I cannot cancel or postpone this trip and hence it is not possible for me to visit you during those days.

However, I would certainly love to travel to your place some other time. My workload is going to be much lighter after March 2021, so any time after that would work great for me. Also, I think spring will be a perfect time to visit New York.

I will make it a longer trip this time, I promise!

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Warm regards


Manjusha Nambiar

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