Learning Vacations

What is a “learning vacation“?

The concept of travel as education certainly isn’t new. College students have been studying abroad and people have been attending workshops and language schools for generations. What has changed in the last decade though is that a new genre of travel referred to as learning vacations has emerged (these being defined as creative, short term classes that blur the lines between fun vacations and educational courses) that is geared towards travelers of all walks of life and all ages. We are lucky enough to have some unique insight into how these vacation schools, workshops, retreats, and fantasy camps work, and by sharing this and our travel experiences we can hopefully inspire fellow travelers to learn something new.

Below are some links to our previous reviews and archived blogs of great learning vacation schools, workshops, fantasy camps, and retreats we have reported on so far. You can also check out our Pinterest page for the most recent links that we post.

Action/ Adventure:

Sailing School in the Abacos Z’s review of a sailing school he attended in the Abacos, and links to other Sailing Schools

Freediving with Wild Dolphins in Bimini Z’s story of learning to freedive with world record holding freediver William Trubridge and the wild dolphins of Bimini (Also check out Z’s interview with William here )

Race Car Driving Schools Formula 1, Rally Car, Stock Car, and even tank driving schools to keep you fast and happy…

Motorcycle Adventures Some helpful tips and links for planning a motorcycle adventure

Wilderness and Mountaineering Schools Outdoor survival schools in Australia, Africa, and Alaska, Wilderness Medicine Courses, and Mountaineering in Patagonia

Fishing Schools Offshore fishing school in Costa Rica, Fly Fishing School in Wyoming, Ice Fishing in Canada, and more…

Equestrian Vacation Programs Jackaroo school in Australia, Polo School in Argentina, Riding and Fishing Holidays in South America, Riding and Cooking Holidays in Europe, and Ranch Holidays in the American West

Kayak Schools Kayak programs in California, North Carolina, French Alps, Patagonia, and Alaska

Flying, Gliding, Paragliding, and Skydiving Schools Flight school in Hawaii, Fighter Jet flights in California, Gliding in France, Skydiving in Spain, and more…

Stuntman School Learning to be a Hollywood style stuntman at schools in L.A. and Australia

Surf Camps United Surf Camp co-founder Johan Sigurdson, to tell you about some of his favorite surf camp learning vacation destinations.


Psychology of Portrait Photography Course at Santa Fe Workshops Z’s review of an advanced photography course he took in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Fashion and Beauty Photography from L.A. to Paris Z’s account of photography workshops he took with veteran fashion and beauty photographer Steven Silverstein in Los Angeles and Paris

Art Learning Vacations Painting in the France, Design in Italy, Marble Sculpting in Greece, Art Appreciation in London, and more…

Outside Adventure Filmmaking School Expedition filmmaking around the world

Filmmaking and Digital Video Workshops Filmmaking, Acting, Directing, and Editing workshops in New York, San Francisco, London, South Africa, Thailand, and Brazil

A Brush with InspirationNatazha writes about some painting workshops in Europe

Pottery and Jewelry Making Workshops at the Sundance Resort in Utah

Graffiti Workshops- Graffiti, Photography, Fashion and Design, DJ-ing, Rock School, Guitar, Circus skills, and Breakdancing workshops in the UK

Building/ Design

Architecture and Design Vacations A great school in Vermont that specializes in short green building and design courses

Boat Building Schools Wooden Boat, Canoe, and Kayak building schools in Maine, Minnesota, and the UK

Wooden Surfboard Shaping Workshopslearn to shape your own wooden surfboard at this great workshop at Grain Surfboards in Maine

Bicycle Building School build custom bicycles in Portland, Oregon and Asheville, NC

Treehouse Workshops Feed and shelter your inner child by learning to design and construct amazing treehouses in Oregon and Virginia


Language Schools with Something More Language schools that offer other unique classes in conjunction, such as French + Pastry Making, Italian + Design, Japanese + Sushi Making, etc…

Music and Dance Vacation Programs Hiking in Yosemite with singer-songwriters, Ukulele and Hula in Hawaii, DJ Academy in NYC, Guitar and Percussion in Cuba, and more…

Crime Scene Investigation Workshops C.S.I. workshops in California, Las Vegas, and Florida

Creative Writing Holidays Creative Writing, Poetry, and Screenwriting holidays in Italy, France, Greece, Maine, Tangier, and London

Wellness/Fitness/Martial Arts

Master Shi Xing Qing is a 32nd generation Shaolin monk, and just one of the many Kung Fu master instructors

Yoga, Pilates, and Wellness Retreats Great retreats in India, Brazil, Peru, Crete, Italy, New York, and Costa Rica…

Martial Arts Learning Vacations Aikido in Japan, Krav Maga in Israel, Kung Fu in China, Ju Jitsu in Brazil, and more…

Circus and Performance Arts SchoolsTrapeze and Circus schools from New York to San Francisco

Chocolate Academy


Winemaking and Brewing Holidays Wine tasting in Italy and France, Brewing in Munich, and more…

Culinary Holidays and Learning Vacations Great Cooking Programs in Italy, Thailand, Brazil, New Orleans, Spain, France, and Savannah

Cooking School with Celebrity Chef Ana Garcia in Mexico Stay in her bed and breakfast or the iconic “tube hotel” and learn from one of Mexico’s finest chefs

Mescal School A learning vacation in Mexico making mescal

Chocolate Making Schools Learn the art of fine chocolate making from professional chocolatiers in locations around the world

Cooking Schools Katie reviews some cooking schools around the world

Urban Gardening Workshops


Mobile App and Technologies Workshops at the Big Nerd Ranch in Atlanta, GA

Agencies and Directories:

Agencies and Directorieslinks to travel agencies and online directories specific to learning vacations


Interview with World Champion Freediver Willam Trubridge

Interview with Travis Hartman, Freelance Photographer and Former Photo Editor of TIME Magazine

Interview with My Favorite Bartender Jerry Stilianessis Talking about New York City specialty cocktail culture; also refers to the post about Caipirinhas, Mojitos, and Pisco Sours

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