Holidays are a time to relax, unwind and immerse ourselves in new and intriguing cultures, but are they a time to learn new skills? An increasing number of holidaymakers would argue yes, they are!
A learning holiday is a chance for you to pick up a new skill, or sharpen an existing one, in entirely new surroundings. And when you return from your trip, you’ll have more than just photographs and memories to cherish – you might find a hobby for life!
If you want to take your French from bon to très bien, what better place to do so than in a beautiful, art deco building located in the heart of France’s second largest city and culinary capital, Lyon? This two-week course includes three, 45-minute sessions per day and each night, you’ll be able to put what you’ve learned into practice – whether you’re ordering a meal at a restaurant, booking tickets for a show, or directing your taxi driver back to your hotel.
If you’ve been toe-tapping along to Strictly Come Dancing this year and fancy learning latin, studying salsa or perfecting the paso doble, look no further than P&O Cruises' themed holidays. These trips are sure to dazzle and delight, with professional dancers joining you on board for regular performances. This is an opportunity to rub shoulders with the sequined stars, get up close to the costumes, and for an extra fee, enjoy a private, one-on-one lesson with one of the pros.
It’s impossible not to feel inspired to put brush to canvas when the stunning Andalucían mountain village of Torrox is your backdrop. This seven-night holiday is suited to people who already have a penchant for painting, but who want to fine-tune their artistic finesse. You’ll enjoy five days of tuition from a guest artist and stay in a shared villa with the other budding painters. This makes it the perfect trip for people interested in meeting new people and making new friends.
Playing golf is a good way to keep fit and make the most of the great outdoors, and many people enjoy the social side of belonging to a club, too. If you’ve been put off visiting the course recently due to the weather, the skies are bound to be clearer along the postcard-perfect Portuguese coast. This golfing holiday at Penha Longa is a chance for you to practice putting and work on your drive on a choice of three different courses, with complimentary wellness classes including yoga, meditation and Qigong.
Have the Northern Lights long been on your bucket list? Now you can finally tick it off on a 10-day photography holiday in Iceland. This masterclass takes in the southeast and western regions of Iceland and is run by locals, who will take you to some of the most awe-inspiring (and photogenic) spots on the island. You’ll see mountains, glaciers, black beaches, sea stacks, fjords and so much more – good luck choosing which photos take pride of place on your mantelpiece!
Whichever learning holiday you embark on, don’t forget to take out quality travel insurance. Medical Travel Compared can find you the perfect plan for your individual circumstances, even if you have a pre-existing medical condition.