Learning Vacations: Why Not Learn a New Skill When You Travel?

Learning vacations have become popular for good reason – learning something new is a great adventure. Some might say touring a new area of knowledge might be the most meaningful form of sightseeing, while others simply find that engaged travel is better than just lying on the beach. Whatever your reasons, here are six learning vacations that will let you exercise your gray matter.

Learn to Surf in Cape Town, South Africa

Surfing is better than just sitting on the beach
Learning to surf is better than sitting on the beach. Flickr/ Klaquettes

Surfing occupies a spot on so many bucket lists. While you can always head to the beach, rent a board and take to the waves, a focused course of instruction might be the way to go. Southern California or Australia are obvious choices for your surfing experience, yet Africa is definitely more adventurous. The Stoked Surf School in Africa organizes three and five day camps that house participants close to the beach, but also transport budding surfers to whatever local beach has the best surf conditions of the day. Comprehensive equipment rental, instruction, and lodging ensure your education is successful.

Learn to Paint in Italy

Painting outside on the country side
Painting outside is a relaxing way to experience the countryside. Flickr/ Sunrisesoup

Painting for the Petrified is an aptly titled Italian tour company located in Abruzzo. Most people struggle with “I can’t draw syndrome,” but this getaway teaches vacationers to break through their limiting beliefs. There’s probably no better or more inspiring place to get the creative juices flowing than the Italian countryside. Old masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael painted here. Drawing and painting lessons are complimented with other activities such as truffle hunting and pizza making lessons, all while touring through the central Italy and along the Abruzzo Coast of the Adriatic Sea. Paint Italian wineries while sampling their wares.

Learn to Rock Climb in the Blue Ridge Mountains, United States

Rock climbing increases your strength and confidence
Rock climbing lessons can increase strength and self confidence. Flickr/ Jonas Ohrstrom

Rock climbing in the Appalachian Mountains requires a baseline level of fitness that not all people possess, but for those who do, it could be an incredible adventure. Outward Bound is a longstanding program offering expeditions throughout America that are geared towards young people. Courses are aimed to help participants develop self-reliance; rock climbing might be the best outdoor discipline to do that. One and two-week trips in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina include expert instruction and memories for a lifetime.

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