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Top 10 learning trips

Be inspired on these worldwide writing, photography and painting adventures

  1. Come On Assignment with us! Wanderlust magazine runs a range of travel writing and photography trips to destinations including Morocco and Jordan, with mentoring from expert contributors. Your words and photos could end up in the magazine, too. For more info, see the website.
  2. Paint elephants – without getting squashed – on an art safari. Effervescent artist Mary-Anne Bartlett runs, which specialises in painting tuition amid Africa’s wildernesses: pack your paintbrushes for Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Botswana and beyond. Read the article.
  3. Learn the art of travel writing from a pro – various companies offer city breaks, where you spend your days scouting the streets for ideas, with published travel writers and magazine editors on hand to give writing tips. Wanderlust runs weekend workshops in conjunction with Travellers’ Tales, in destinations such as Dubrovnik, Vilnius and Seville. see the website.
  4. Snap a festival – several tuition companies coincide their courses with big events, which provide a wealth of photographic opportunities, as well as an intense travel experience. Some may even arrange behind-the-scenes access for their students. Goodies to look out for are courses during Venice Carnival and India’s many festivals.
  5. Mix creative skills on a multi-activity trip. For example, tour company Go Learn To ( offers a range of creative courses, including a combination ‘Photography and Language-learning’ trip to Italy, and a ‘Photography and Yoga’ break in Costa Rica.
  6. Learn how to video your travels. Courses, such as those offered by (based in Brighton) will teach you how to produce TV-quality films; learn framing and composition tips as well as editing and production techniques.
  7. Wanderlust magazine’s snapper-supremo Steve Davey runs photography courses worldwide: locations include the mountains of Ladakh, the souks of Morocco and the temples of Laos and Cambodia, all accompanied by Steve’s expert tips – see the website.
  8. Learn to cook your favourite cuisine from Italian, Indian, Vietnamese, Moroccan or Thai and where best to learn them but in the actual countries where you can go and choose your produce straight from the local market! Try the courses run by On The Menu ( or a Turkish vegetarian course with Exclusive Escapes. Read the article.
  9. If dancing is your thing, why not hone your salsa moves in Cuba? Or your Tango in Buenos Aires, the cultural home? Closer to home, learn Flamenco in Seville, Spain.
  10. Unleash your creativity entirely – as experiential trips grow in popularity, it seems there’s no skill you can’t learn overseas, from perfume-making in France to carpet-weaving in Turkey. Learning an art, instrument or sport in the country of its origin will provide extra inspiration.

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