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Get more than a suntan

Hayes and Jarvis Blog Team January 6, 2015

Lake Tahoe

While some might be happy to fly and flop on the beach this year, there’s an increasing trend of inquisitive travellers looking to come back from holiday with more than a suntan. 

Learning holidays are all the rage for 2015. Whether you want to learn a new language, fine-tune your cooking skills or wear down the soles of your dancing shoes, why not make 2015 the year you learn something new abroad?

Learn a new language

One of the best parts of travelling is meeting the locals and getting to know people you’d never normally meet. But while communicating through hand signals may lead to a few funny stories, your travels will be far more rewarding if you can speak the local lingo. 
Whether you want to learn Spanish in Costa Rica or Mandarin in Shanghai, we’ll find the perfect language course to fit in with your holiday. 

Learn to cook something exotic

If you love following your stomach when you travel, why not consider a culinary course? Delving into the cuisine of the country you’re visiting is a delicious way to learn more about the culture and customs and to meet new people too. But the best bit, every time you cook the dish at home you’ll be transported back to you holiday! 
Wherever you want to cook up a storm in Vietnam or learn the finer points of sushi rolling in Japan, you’re bound to find a range of cooking course wherever you travel. 

Discover you can dance 

You may believe you have two left feet, but in South America they believe anyone can dance. While exploring the stunning cities of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, two cities famed for their love of dance, you can learn to dance the samba or tango your way to an unforgettable trip. 
Would you rather learn to salsa in Cuba, fan dance in Japan or move like a Bollywood star in India? We can make your dream a reality. 

Perfect your swing 

There’s nothing quite like time spent on the golfing greens for making you feel relaxed. Well, that’s if you’re good at your game anyway. If you spend most of the time rummaging around in the ruff, it could be time to take some lessons. 
But forget teeing off in the British rain, we’ve resorts around the world that offer first-class greens and professionally lead classes for improving your game. 


A holiday is the perfect excuse to indulge in a few glasses of wine, but if you go about it the right way you might gain more than a headache the next day. If you’ve ever wished you knew a little more about the wine you’re drinking, consider adding a wine tour to your holiday itinerary. You can sip on Malbec in Mendoza, Chardonnay in South Africa or Pinot Noir in Napa — what better way to spend a holiday?  
Have you ever learnt a new skill abroad? Let us know in the comments below!