Learn a New Skill While on Holiday

Learn a New Skill While on Holiday

While for many the idea of going on holiday means long lazy hours by the pool or the sea, for others it can mean doing something completely different. For some, it means a time when they can step out of their everyday life and do something out of the ordinary, learning to do something different and if in 2018 you are thinking about learning a new skill while on holiday here are some ideas for you.

Learn to Ski

Have you ever thought about taking to the slopes on holiday? Then bundling up in a hot tub at the end of the day to cure the chills? However, you have been put off by the thought of everyone being pros? Well never fear as there are places like The Snow School, who are all about teaching people the how-tos of taking to the slopes. Or you could even learn on home turf thanks to the Chill Factore, which claim to have you ready for the slopes in just 3 weeks.

Go Caving

Something I would have loved to have done once upon a time was to explore caves, not just walk through with ease, but put on a headtorch, get on my hands and knees then crawl around. There are many places across not only the UK but the world that offer adventure caving, for both new and experienced people.

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Learn to Scuba Dive

There is so much of an undiscovered world beneath the surface, so why not learn to scuba dive so you can explore it. You only need to take to YouTube to see how beautiful the depth of the ocean can be, long-lost shipwrecks live alongside the awe-inspiring creatures that can be seen below.

Learn to Cook

For anyone who has a love of cooking, learning the local cuisine might be just what you would like to do and the great thing is there are many holidays out there that offer you the chance to do so. From learning to play with sweet peppers and olives in Spain to good old pasta and pizza in Italy.

Of course, they are just a few ideas of ways you can learn a new skill while on holiday and there are many more options of skills to learn out there. Whatever you do though, remember to have fun, be it educational or just purely relaxing.

Have you ever taken a skill-based holiday, what did you learn?

*This is a collaborative post.

This article has 94 comments

  1. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I have never taken a skill based holiday. I have always wanted to go snorkeling and scuba diving so I can see where that would work well for that type of trip.

  2. Jo

    These would be fun to try out. I could attempt the cooking one, but I stink at cooking. I’d like to ski, but my coordination isn’t the best. I think the caving would be the one I could do well.

  3. Abbi

    I’ve been skiing many times. These days, I had rather sit in the lodge and read while enjoying a nice, hot cup of hot cocoa. Unfortunately, I’m not very good when it comes to skiing so I watch the family ski and enjoy a good book. 🙂

    I love to cook and I dream of a holiday where I can take cooking classes. That would be amazing.

  4. Tomi C

    I am all about learning something new while on vacay. I mean that’s the fun of it. Most of the places we visit have some sort of activity where you can learn something new. Whether it’s a new recipe or mastering a dance move or cocktail.

  5. Louise

    Taking a new class is always exciting. There are a couple of classes I have been interested in taking. You have given me the push to call and check into them.

  6. Jeanette

    I love learning something new every time I go on a trip. That is the whole reason to go on a trip. I have learned how to scuba dive I have explored caves and I love learning about the nature of wherever I am.

  7. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    These all sound like fun things to do while on vacation. I’d love to learn to scuba dive!

  8. Farrah

    These all sound like fun! I’d love to try out a cooking class in another country! *-*

  9. Yeah Lifestyle

    Totally agree with you, we find that when we go for holiday we actually have the time to try something new. Hopefully we can go for a holiday soon.

  10. Sophia

    I’m gonna have to pass on the “learn to ski.” I tried, and it was the worst experience of my life. Lol! I vowed to never, ever go again. Caving sounds fun, we have quite a few where I live. I feel like learning to cook is a necessity I definitely need to pick up as well.

  11. val

    I have been through caves before but I have not tried proper caving due to my claustrophobia although it does depend on the size of the cave. If it is bigger I would definitely be up for exploring the caves through proper ‘caving’!

  12. hannah wood

    I have always wanting to try to Ski but not had the guts to yet, I do think its a fantastic way learn new skills out on holidays especially when you have not tried them before.

  13. Rebecca | AAUBlog

    I learned to ski last year for the first time and it was amazing – I’d love to go and do it again 🙂

  14. Nichola - Globalmouse

    I love this post, we are always trying to find opportunities to learn while we’re away, particularly learning to cook up the local cuisine.

  15. Lisa Favre

    I have been in a cave once and it was such an experience! Love the list you compiled – these would even make good resolutions in terms of being more “adventurous!”

  16. Kelly Reci

    I think the new skill that really hit home to me was the cooking one. I love being in the kitchen, but I think it’s something that my whole family needs to get behind. Perhaps we could take cooking classes as a fam!

  17. Mimi Green

    I did this last year, although I didn’t exactly perfect snowboarding I took lessons. I managed to get up and down on the board a few times. We were on a couples holiday, it was a lot of fun.

  18. Pam

    I have actually taken cooking classes on a couple of trips before. It is always a lot of fun.

  19. angie

    love your thought behind this post. My word for 2018 is GO and yes I plan to try new, go new places and the list goes on Thanks for sharing your thoughts

  20. rosemary palmer

    I may not do something, but I always like to learn something out of the ordinary or a little known fact. Such as you don’t pronounce the 2nd T in Toronto.

  21. Ghastly

    I love scuba diving and caving but skiing scares me lol. I went one time with my family while we lived in Utah but I had a broken leg so I didn’t ski ( yay for a way out of that haha)

  22. Rhian Westbury

    I started doing my scuba diving PADI in this country and realised it was far too cold and I wasn’t enjoying it so I want to go away in order to learn x

  23. Melanie williams

    I actually love this idea. you must have read my mind, as just come back from doing some caving while I was away and it was fab x

  24. Amy

    When I was travelling Asia one of my regrets is not taking a cooking class while I was there. It’s a great idea!

  25. Sandy N Vyjay

    Learning a skill on holiday is really very useful. Coming from a land where we do not get to see much snow, would love to learn to ski on holiday.

  26. Farrah Less G.

    I like being active especially on a cold weather. You had a great list it gives me an idea to stay active. Its been a long time since the last time I ski that’s probably what I want to do next.

  27. kirsty

    It would be nice just to have a holiday first! I’ve not had one for years now. But I love the idea of learning to cook, especially learning local dishes as they would be more authentic and certainly tasty.

  28. Nazrin Miah

    This is a great idea! We should try to learn the crafts and cultures of all the places around us! I adore this idea and will actually project this when on y own holidays!

  29. Chubskulit Rose

    When I was still single, I never knew I could cook, in fact I hated it. But now that I am a Mom, I discovered, cooking is actually therapeutic!

  30. Kita Bryant

    That is a really great use of time. New skills are really fun to dive into.

  31. Mellissa Williams

    Taking a skill based holiday is one of my aims for 2018 – I would love to learn something new

  32. Hey Sharonoox

    I learned to snorkel during our trip to island hopping in South East Asia. It was fun and I really enjoyed my vacation there.

  33. Lexi

    I’d love to learn to ski on a holiday. Right now I’m pretty good at scuba diving, so have based a few holidays around that.

  34. Katrina

    I’ve never learned a skill on
    Holiday and I’m not a sporty active person but I would love to try a local culture cooking class

  35. Kiwi

    I learned Spanish on a holiday. I will be going back to Panama this year to take more classes it was worth it.

  36. My Teen Guide

    If I would learn a skill while on vacation, I think I would love to learn to cook like the locals. I would love to learn to make one or two of their native delicacies. That would be awesome!

  37. lavandamichelle

    Call me crazy but I love to find a good cooking place. There is so many in South Carolina and when I visit my sister in law, I always plan around a class. I love the couple and mother daughter cooking themes. We usually try to learn something during my vacations with the family.

  38. Baby Isabella

    My mummy would love to learn how to ski while on holiday as we’ve never been to the slopes before. We’ve always been put off by the prices but there are some really good deals on at the moment!

  39. Angie

    I need a holiday big time, and one where I can learn something fun too would be even better! Can you believe I’ve lived in Utah my entire life and never done downhill skiing? I did cross country once, but that’s it!

  40. Aimee Bradley

    It’s not the type of holiday Iv actually ever considered to be completely honest but I’m not against it.

  41. Lilinha

    Such a great idea to go on a skill-based holiday. I have never been but would love to learn to ski!

  42. Sarah Ann

    I love the idea of learning a new skill on holiday and it’s the perfect opportunity to do so. I’ve always wanted to go on a cooking holiday to Italy – that would be a dream!

  43. Michelle

    I would love to learn to Ski. both my husband and teen can but I’ve yet to learn

  44. Yaya (@mydreamality)

    I’m far too clumsy to learn to ski, but I’d love to take a new skill holiday. Maybe cooking in Italy? Gosh, I’d love that! x

  45. Dannii

    We took a cookery class when we were travelling around Thailand and it was nice to come home having learnt some new skills.

  46. acupofassamtea

    What a great way to utilize leisure time. Learning a new skill is always inspiring.

  47. Suzanne Spiegoski-Decamps

    Always good to pick up a new skill. You never know what you’ll need to know these days 😉

  48. vogander

    Learning something new while on holiday sounds like a great idea. I always try to learn a new language or so!!

  49. Rosa

    I really love these ideas, I’m always travelling and love to learn new things.

  50. Echo Boyes

    This reminds me, i looked into going away to Norway to learn how to build igloos. An idea im still excited about, yet somehow haven’t quite booked. Definitely going back on my 2018 list. Thank you!!

  51. Leila Benhamida

    Love the ideas.

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