GoLearnTo New Year’s resolutions in Aquarius magazine

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There’s nothing like a bit of publicity to brighten up our office on a dull winters morning.

Women’s lifestyle magazine Aquarius have featured NotInTheGuideBooks.com in their new article on New Year’s resolutions to keep.

We love how they’ve picked up on our philosophy of ‘taking an edu-vacation to either learn a new skill or hone the hobby you have’, and we have to say, learning holidays are the perfect way to kick start your hobbies for 2013 and travel the world at the same time!

Here’s what they have to say…

Take a New Year’s resolution retreat


We’re all pledging that this will be the year we eat, exercise or live a little better. But why not make good on your promises when you jet off on holiday, too? We show you how to go beyond the traditional book-and-beach break and kick-start your healthiest, happiest year yet




Take an edu-vacation to either learn a new skill or hone the hobby you have. An increasing number of travel companies are boasting breaks where you can learn everything from scuba diving to speaking a language. Go Learn To (www.notintheguidebooks.com) is one such company where you can book enrichment retreats in almost any area. For foodies, there’s culinary courses, from learning to cook a type of cuisine (from Russian to Thai) to specialist cookery breaks for those want to learn specific skills… think truffle hunting in Italy, or a four-day charcuterie and butchery course in France.


For creative types, there’s everything from photography and painting breaks, to holidays where you can learn to dance, play a musical instrument or craft something. We love the three-day perfume making break in France’s fragrance capital, Grasse (20 minutes from Nice airport) where you learn to concoct the perfect perfume. The programme, plus overnight stay and breakfast, will cost you just Dh1,490.


Meanwhile, sporty types can learn to scuba dive, kite surf and horse ride, in destinations as diverse as Morocco, Ecuador, Thailand and Australia.


And if you don’t want to limit yourself to learning just one new skill, opt for a double-up break… combine horse riding with yoga in Casperia; surfing with Spanish lessons in Costa Rica or cooking and walking in the Pyrenees.

Read the full article in Aquarius magazine