These learning trips will help you see a destination through new eyes and pick up a few new skills along the way...
Trek like a nomad in Mongolia
Get under the skin of the Mongolian wilderness on World Expeditions’ Nomads & Naadam with Tim Cope
trip. Join the Australian adventurer on a hike across the country’s west, following nomad trails over the Harhiraa mountains and the rocky Kharkhiraa Valley. Nomadic yurt, Mongolia (Shutterstock)
This 15-day trip finishes at the Naadam Festival, Mongolia’s annual ‘Olympics’, which sees tribes unite in colourful dress for a feast of wrestling, horse-racing and archery.
Fit a GPS to a giraffe in Namibia
Play a part in protecting wildlife on a 12-day Privately Guided Giraffe Collaring Trip
with ATI Holidays. Join conservationist Hayden Turner and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to help fit GPS tracking devices to the mammals. Giraffe in Namibia (Shutterstock)
Partner your good deed with a hike through the boulder-strewn Erongo Mountains, muse over rock art at Twyfelfontein and seek out elephant, zebra, eland and more on a rangerled drive through Etosha National Park.
Cruise to Papua New Guinea with Chris Packham
Reach uncharted waters aboard the True North on Steppes Travel’s 17-day Papua New Guinea Luxury Cruise with Chris Packham
. Goroka Tribal Festival, Papua New Guinea (Shutterstock)
The TV naturalist will be on hand for photo tips and wildlife expertise as you explore the little-visited islands of Samarai, Ferguson, Tufi and New Britain, before plunging into virgin territory: sail up the swamp-fringed Sepik River, take a helicopter over Bagabag Island and meet the locals of Tavolo’s jungle villages.
Photograph India's classic celebrations
Capture two of India’s most intoxicating experiences on camera on Explore’s Bateshwar Festival and Varanasi with David Short
trip. In the company of David, an expert photographer, venture through New Delhi and visit the Taj Mahal before heading to Bateshwar for India’s second-largest animal fair – thousands of horses, cattle and camels gather around the 100 temples here. Taj Mahal, India (Shutterstock)
Then take the train to Varanasi for a sunset Ganges cruise and to see the spectacular Diwali celebrations light up the sacred city.
Study jaguars in Brazil
Gain exclusive access on Steppes Travel’s 13-day Amazon Jaguars & Pantanal Wildlife
trip. Be one of just 14 people a year allowed to join researchers in the Mamiraua Reserve, home to one of the planet’s highest densities of jaguar. Jaguar in the Pantanal (Shutterstock)
Help the experts study and photograph jaguars and create a sloth census. Then take boat, foot and horseback safaris through the Pantanal wetlands, arguably the best place for wildlife-watching on the whole continent. Main image: Hunting with eagles in Mongolia (Shutterstock)