Taking photos on safari (Dreamstime)
List Words : Team Wanderlust | 10 December 2018

New Year, new you: 7 amazing learning trips around the world

Master a new skill in the new year by Immersing yourself in new cultures and enjoying a more rewarding journey on these expert-led learning trips

1: Join the 'bear whisperer' in Canada

Bears wrestling playfully (Dreamstime)

Bears wrestling playfully (Dreamstime)

Wildlife Worldwide’s Walking with Bears & Whale Watching tour sees you join up with ‘bear whisperer’ Gary Zorn, as you get up close and personal with Canada’s grizzlies, deep in the boreal forests of Vancouver Island. 

Photograph bears feasting on salmon while you get the direct benefit of Gary’s 30 years of studying them in the wild. Then swap land for sea as you fly to Tofino and sail the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound, where humpbacks, sea lions and resident bald eagles roam free and bears wander the forested shoreline. 

Finish by exploring the trails of Pacific Rim NP, deep amid the isolated forests of this incredible slice of wild Canada.

Trip: Walking with Bears & Whale Watching

Who: Wildlife Worldwide

When: Between Sept and Oct

How long: 9 nights

How much: From £5,395 (inc. flights)

2: Learn to take better wildlife photos in Botswana

Photographing elephants in Botswana (Dreamstime)

Photographing elephants in Botswana (Dreamstime)

Master new photography skills and experience some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa on this photographic adventure in Botswana with Pangolin Photo Safaris.

Your safari through Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta will be accompanied by a photography expert who will help you take your photography to a more advanced level. Morning and afternoon wildlife viewings will give you plenty of opportunities to get great shots. And when you're not photographing the Big Five, you’ll spend time with your guide learning post-production editing skills and reviewing your images in group sessions.

Trip: Better Wildlife Photography – Chobe and Okavango Delta

Who: Pangolin Photo Safaris

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 10 days

How much: From £3,695 (inc. flights)

3: Go on an archaeological adventure in Turkey

Lycian tombs near Dalyan (Dreamstime)

Lycian tombs near Dalyan (Dreamstime)

Walk and cruise Turkey’s Lycian Coast on this archaeological-focused tour with Peter Sommer Travels.

Escorted by Peter Sommer himself, you will visit a series of ancient sites, stroll along Roman roads, trace the routes of 2,000-year-old aqueducts, and follow in the footsteps of historic characters – from Alexander the Great to the nomadic herders of recent centuries.

Each evening you will retire to your beautifully-restored Turkish gulet ship, often to a waiting fresh seafood supper, as well as the opportunity to swim and relax. This is the perfect late-summer break for the active and curious traveller.

Trip: Walking and Cruising the Lycian Shore

Who: Peter Sommer Travels

When: Departures in September

How long: 15 days

How much: From £4,075 (exc. flights)

4: Watch birds in Colombia

A female royal flycatcher (Dreamstime)

A female royal flycatcher (Dreamstime)

Discover the best of Colombia's birdlife and culture on this relaxed tour with Travel The Unknown. 

Colombia is home to 20% of the world's bird species – a whopping 1,876 different types can be found there. This trip is an amazing opportunity to see some of these fascinating birds in their natural habitat. Accompanied by a professional birding guide, you’ll visit Otun Quimbaya National Park, Las Tangaras Reserve and the unsurpassable El Dorado.

You will also experience Colombia’s colourful and vibrant culture – staying on a coffee farm, visiting Santa Marta (Colombia's oldest city), and finishing the trip on the cobbled streets of colonial Cartagena.

Trip: Culture & Birds of Colombia

Who: Travel The Unknown

When: Flexible dates throughout the year

How long: 15 days

How much: POA

5: Become a turtle expert in Sri Lanka

Snorkelling with a sea turtle in Sri Lanka (Dreamstime)

Snorkelling with a sea turtle in Sri Lanka (Dreamstime)

Help to save turtles and experience authentic Sri Lankan life as a volunteer on this marine conservation project with The Great Projects.

Based near local nesting sights in the Kosgoda region of Sri Lanka, you will help with the conservation of five species of marine turtles: hawksbill, green, leatherback, loggerhead and olive ridley. 

You’ll take part in the turtle 'head-starting' programme, plan and implement awareness programmes in the local community and schools.

Trip: The Great Turtle Project

Who: The Great Project

When: Departures every Sunday

How long: 7 nights

How much: From £599 (exc. flights)

6: Master Chinese cooking in Beijing

Making Beijing dumplings (Dreamstime)

Making Beijing dumplings (Dreamstime)

Learn to cook delicious Chinese food using authentic ingredients on this culinary and cooking tour of Beijing with TravelLocal.

The tour includes three cooking classes in a professional school, where you will learn to prepare nine different Chinese dishes. You’ll shop for local ingredients in the shadow of Beijing's historic, cultural and architectural treasures, and sample delicacies from street hawkers and restaurants alike.

When you are not in the kitchen, you'll visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Mutianyu to see the Great Wall.

Trip: Cooking tour in Beijing

Who: TravelLocal

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 5 days

How much: £660 (exc. flights)

7: Learn to climb glaciers in Svalbard

Climbing a glacier in Svalbard (Best Served Scandinavia)

Climbing a glacier in Svalbard (Best Served Scandinavia)

Learn to walk on glaciers and kayak in iceberg-filled waters on this active Arctic adventure in Svalbard with Best Served Scandinavia.

Based at Nordenskiöld Lodge, which is perched at the edge of a blue glacier in the north of Spitsbergen, you’ll spend your days glacier hiking, kayaking, going on sea safaris, and watching polar bears, walruses and beluga whales. Each evening, you’ll return to the lodge for relaxing hot tub soaks and delicious dinners, including an Arctic barbecue to mark the end of your trip.

Trip: Adventure Week At Nordenskiöld Lodge

Who: Best Served Scandinavia

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 8 days

How much: From £2,690 (inc. flights)

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