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Time for a Change?

When it comes to picking somewhere to go on holiday, the choice can be overwhelming. Beach, city, cruise, volunteering, rainforest … the list goes on, and these days there are even more decisions to make too. Do you want to learn something? Do you want to relax? Do you want to immerse yourself in culture? Do you want to be energetic? These are all important questions to ask yourself before firmly deciding on a holiday destination, to truly get the most out of it.

I decided to do something a little different this summer, and I headed off to Italy on a cooking holiday. This surprised many people, because I am the world’s worst cook, but this was the whole reason – to learn something new and hopefully improve. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and not only did I learn a few new skills I continue to practice, but I also met new friends, and got to explore Rome too, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. Holidays aren’t always about laying prone on a beach with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, although I must admit, I quite enjoy those kinds of holiday too.

My culinary expertise might not be up there with Gordon Ramsey, but that holiday has pushed me to try other educational-type breaks in the future. However, the one thing I would recommend is to get as much rest as possible before you jet off, as these kinds of holidays aren’t particularly relaxing! The mind is working all the time when you’re learning something new, and I found the holiday particularly tiring. I’m glad I booked in at one of the Gatwick Airport hotels with prior to my early morning flight to Rome, as it meant I was in the right frame of mind, ready to get straight in there when I landed for my long weekend in Italia.

Of course, you don’t have to choose to learn a new skills on any holiday, you can simply cruise around several islands in one week, shop ‘til you drop or head to a sparkling city to take in a few shows, or maybe you want to experience peace, quiet and sanctuary on a mediation break, somewhere like Thailand. Whatever you choose, I can’t rate the airport hotel idea highly enough, and don’t worry about the cost either – it’s surprisingly low! Use that money saved to get yourself some travel insurance – needless to say I had a bad experience once, and lost a hat full of cash. Don’t be stupid like me. Make sure you’re covered.

Open your mind to the travel choices out there, and you’ll realise that the world truly is your oyster. However you choose to spend your time when you jet off to foreign climes, be sure to drag every last drop out of your days and you’ll have memories to remember, and maybe even new skills too.

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