Make the most of your holiday overseas by combining it with your favourite hobby. With our guide to special interest holidays, we’ll help you experience the best the world has to offer.
Whether you want to perfect your landscapes or learn how to take great wildlife shots, there’s no better way than doing it in a fabulous location with expert tuition. Several companies offer inspiring trips – from South East Asia to Scotland. Try http://www.responsibletravel.com for ‘hand-picked’ photography holidays from the world’s specialist operators.
2. Painting and drawing
Set up your easel and watercolours, or simply whip out your sketchbook. Whatever your approach to art, if it’s your hobby, it’s a great theme for a holiday. Or you could even go as a complete novice – there are trips designed for all levels of ability. Your local art class should have some good recommendations.
Learn or practise yoga in a wonderful setting, and combine it with other holiday pursuits, such as walking or sightseeing. http://www.yogatraveller.com will give you a flavour of what’s out there – from yoga, skiing and massage in the Swiss Alps to a yoga-safari through one of Africa’s national parks.
4. Wine tasting
From Argentina to Alsace, Tasmania to Tuscany, the world offers literally thousands of places to enjoy wine tasting. The best way is often to join an organised tour, where visits to wineries are booked in advance. Try looking for a local wine club or merchant that arranges tours, or treat yourself to a holiday with a specialist tour operator such as Arblaster & Clarke – find out more at http://www.winetours.co.uk
Learn Salsa in Havana, Flamenco in Granada, Tango in Buenos Aires – or even belly dancing in the Sahara Desert. Professional tuition is available to holidaymakers all over the world, for dancers of all abilities. http://www.danceholidays.com is a good place to start looking for a holiday, but there are many other specialist operators to check out. Just remember to pack your dancing shoes!
If you’re booking any kind of specialist holiday, make sure you have the right travel insurance for the activity. Then you can just relax and enjoy yourself – and discover a new talent you never knew you had!