In a world that is now literally at your fingertips, it's hardly surprising that more and more people are jetting off to explore the remote corners of the earth. Alongside this increased ease of exploration has come the idea of combining a holiday with learning something new. Be it playing an instrument, the history of a particular region, or experimenting with extreme sports, Britons are now discovering the enjoyment that can come from doing something a little different with their time off. It can be relaxing as well as rewarding, and there are thousands of activities and adventures to be had, wherever you fancy spending your holiday. The cold weather is fast approaching and those seeking some much needed winter sun are confronted with a wealth of options, not only on where to go, but also what to do.
So roll up, roll up and check out our top ten recommendations of the best activity offers out there. We've included a little something for everyone - zip lining in Canada and white water rafting in Wales for the adrenalin junkies, or learning how to play instruments in Senegal and wine tasting in Spain's La Rioja for those of more refined tastes. But what all these holidays have in common is their dedication to learning about your destination, its people and their culture. It involves something a bit more than simply lying around a crowded hotel pool and getting your tan on - and it is just what British tourism needs. Whether you are planning a holiday with the kids, as a couple, or with a group of friends, everyone is guaranteed to come back having tried something fresh and inspiring. These choices are traditional tourism with a twist, and for those that are brave enough to try something new, this type of holiday promises to be a life-changer.
Words by Francesca Long