Learn Something New While You Vacation: Edutourism Combines Travel and Learning

4 years ago

Travel writing workshop
What if you could go on vacation and acquire a new skill at the same time? A growing travel trend combines travel with learning.  

Edu-tourism or edu-vacations, as they are sometimes called, are becoming  a popular travel experience. These days, travelers can learn Spanish in Costa Rica, take up dance in Spain, study wine in California or learn to cook in France.

One popular learning vacation option combines travel and travel writing workshops.

“In the past few years, more people have become interested in the field of travel journalism,” says Janna Graber, a senior editor at Go World Travel Magazine, which covers travel in some 90 countries. Travel journalists write about destinations, resorts and travel experiences for newspapers, magazine and online sites.

Graber’s insight into this market led her to create “Travel Writing On Location,” which offers travel writing workshops along with tours of some of the world’s top destinations. The goal is to provide travel writing instruction – and an extraordinary destination to write about.

“Travel Writing On Location provides not only classroom learning, but on-the-job experience,” says Graber. “Students tour the destination with a local expert— visiting local attractions, interviewing experts, and experiencing the culture— while learning the skills they need to be a travel writer.”

These workshop/tour combinations vary in length, focus and destination. Upcoming workshops include a tour of Vietnam to exploring Native American heritage in Santa Fe.

Costs are similar to the cost of a normal vacation package, and workshop/tour combos start at $995. Accommodations, tours, workshop classes and some meals are included.  

Travel Writing On Location is led by a veteran team of travel journalists, photographers and destination professionals. Upcoming workshops and tours include:

Santa Fe Travel Writing & Photography Workshop
New Mexico’s Native American and Spanish roots run deep. Participants can explore this rich heritage during a four-day writing and photography workshop. In addition to the classes, writers can tour art galleries in the nation’s second largest art capital featuring emerging artists and famous artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, savor southwest cuisine, and learn about Native American culture. Workshops cover travel writing techniques, photography, publishing your own blog or website and the business of travel writing.

When: May 29 - June 1, 2014

Price: $995 per person. Includes luxury accommodations at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza, workshops, sightseeing and some meals.


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