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Our Top 3 Day Trips from Marrakech

Arriving in Marrakech is piling headlong into a swirling maelstrom of noise, colour, seething masses of people, honking bikes, overwhelming scents and incredible variety and energy, all packed into a labyrinth of narrow alleyways and disorientating lanes. It is an incredible place, a feast for the senses. From the rich… Read More »

New for 2020: Get Off the Beaten Track

We’ve spent all year searching meticulously for the very best unique, local, responsible experiences in incredible locations, so that you don’t have to. As 2019 draws to a close and a new decade of discovery and exploration beckons, we’ve put together a little list of some of the most exciting… Read More »

Why We’re Giving Back This Black Friday

Think of Black Friday, and your mind probably jumps to queues that make the New York breadlines look merely inconvenient, shoppers in fits of trancelike violence scrapping desperately for TV’s, shop windows caving in under the pressure of hundreds of hungry consumers, all in the hypnotic trance only MASSIVE DISCOUNTS… Read More »

Top 5 Winter Destinations

Winter can be a tough time. The days get shorter, the nights draw in and inexplicable Christmas ads start to appear without warning. But how to stave off the seasonal depression and barrage of overenthusiastic festivity? That’s right, book a holiday. To give you some inspiration, we’ve compiled a list… Read More »

Meet Caroline, our jewellery making tutor in South West France

Packing up and moving to rural France with four kids under the age of 7 and no knowledge of the language would seem a big step to most. But for PMC jewellery making expert Caroline and her husband Adam, it was a no brainer. Caroline remembers, “I always loved travelling…. Read More »

Guest review: Debbie travels solo but not alone on her jewellery making holiday in France

Debbie fully admits that she has never been the most creative person and on this holiday she found herself with no one to travel with. Fuelled by a desire to learn something new while enjoying her holiday, Debbie chose our jewellery making and wellbeing holiday in Gascony with hosts Caroline… Read More »

GoLearnTo make The Times’ list of best holidays for solo travellers

We love it when other people realise how great our holidays are – especially when they get how amazing learning holidays can be for solo travellers. This weekend, NotInTheGuideBookswas included in Richard Mellor’s round-up of the best holidays for solo travellers in The Times. Only 20 trips made it so… Read More »

A Beginner’s Guide to Spotting the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are top of the bucket list for so many people, and with good reason. Standing in the hauntingly beautiful, incredibly still landscape of frozen pine trees laden with thick, pure white snow, breathing in crisp, pure air as bursts of iridescent greens and reds burn their way… Read More »

Two Days in Seville as Only Locals Know it

When you look out over the gently glowing embers that are Seville’s rooftops, you’re looking at a city that has been shaped by countless years of war, of oppression, of resistance and of shifts in culture. Unraveling the history of this cultural crossroads is, generally, unachievable in just two days… Read More »

Meet our yoga instructor Lucy & her team in Italy

Our yoga instructor, Lucy Bremner, set up her yoga retreat in Italy in 1998 and hasn’t looked back. This unique yoga retreat, nestled in the beautiful Italian village of Casperia, hosts many special guest yoga teachers. On weeks where there are no guest teachers, you will be taught by Lucy… Read More »

Three Days in Northern Vietnam

Northern Vietnam has always represented that slightly remote, more rugged side to what is now a hugely popular tourist destination. A truly immersive tour of northern Vietnam isn’t always easy to come by however, the region being more isolated and less easy to travel through than the south of the… Read More »

Grazia Magazine recommend NotInTheGuideBooksto help you ‘Skill up on a short break’

Can you imagine how we reacted when we heard our GoLearnTo holidays were going to be featured in the ultimate style magazine that is Grazia? Then picture us when we heard TWO of our learning holidays were going to be mentioned. Well if you haven’t guessed, the answer is pretty… Read More »