Feb 19, 2018
Educational tourism, sometimes known as career enhancement, job development or self-actualisation experiences, is one of the fastest growing and most overlooked areas of the travel and tourism.
Educational tours come in a wide variety of formats, yet despite the differences, all of them have some points in common. The core idea behind education travel is that it is as much about self-improvement as it is about relaxation and enjoyment. Learning can be fun, and knowledge, is for people both young, and old.
There are a few types of education tourism catering for different professional needs.
Skill Enhancement Vacations
These are trips that range from learning how to build houses for the local community, to how to protect the local nature wildlife ecology. Countries such as Costa Rica have been extremely successful with eco-tourism where they combine lessons on how to protect the world’s ecology with a holiday experience.
Educational cruises are cruises that combine all the fun of a cruise vacation with lectures on specific topics or industries. Think of it as a school, a trade show, and a holiday rolled into one. Educational cruises have the advantage that people who take them tend to have a common interest and therefore it is also a great opportunity to make new friends while acquiring new knowledge.
Study Abroad Experiences
These types of opportunities are usually available if you are doing a diploma or degree. Most major universities around the world promote some form of foreign travel for their students. Study abroad experiences provide students with anything from a 6-week intensive study program, to a full year of cultural and linguistic immersion. The goal of these study abroad tours is to widen the educational experience so that university students not only understand their own culture, but also explore that of other nations.
Usually aimed at a certain group of professionals, course organisers entice attendees by arranging conferences or seminars in exciting locations. Ski holidays in the Alpes, paired with daily lectures by famous speakers or an African Safari with evening lectures around a camp fire. These experiences offer more than informative education but also adding an exciting travel adventure that attendees may not have considered if they had to take the time to plan the whole trip by themselves.
Educational tourism offers many advantages. Exciting locations, new friends, and learning while you explore new destinations. Next time you need a holiday but you don’t want to feel guilty having too much fun, consider educational tourism options.
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