Why not book your next vacation based on the lessons you'd like to take away from it?
How’s your travel bucket list looking? Full to the brim with experiences that have taught you things you’d never learn elsewhere?
If you're tired of returning home with a USB full of images and a tacky t-shirt, we’ve rounded up five fresh destinations that are as rich in knowledge and experience as they are in beauty.
Arkaba private wildlife conservancy in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia
What you can learn: About the land and wildlife.
During the Wild Bush Luxury Walk you can learn firsthand from Arkaba’s experts about the land you walk across, the conservation efforts undertaken on the 60,000-acre private wildlife conservancy and the endeavours made to rejuvenate the land and native animals and reptiles. Understand Australia’s extraordinarily diverse natural habitats and gain insight into our landscape and biodiversity whilst residing in ultimate outback luxury.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
What you can learn: Dancing and culture
Nicknamed the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires is right up there when it comes to romantic getaways with a little extra spice! This 11-day Classic South America package offers it all in abundance, from intimate dining to tango classes. You may even try an authentic 'milonga', where live bands play and locals gather to show off their impressive tango dance moves.
What you can learn: All about food and wine, the Italian way.
Following an ancient route, travellers can cycle for five days through the rolling hills of Prosecco from Marostica to Conegliano and onto timeless Venice with Butterfield & Robinson. En route, you will weave into medieval Bassano del Grappa, the region home to radicchio, asparagus, risotto and tiramisu. Get ready for hands-on cooking here and a further opportunity to pedal the Prosecco vineyards and explore the region where the fine drop is produced.
What you can learn: Weaving and community culture
Peruvian heritage is one of the richest in the world, and textile weaving is amongst the country’s oldest traditions. As part of this 8-day Highlights of Peru tour, itineraries you can visit the Centre for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC), where enthusiasts can weave and learn of the ancient textile designs and how they benefit the community.
What You Can Learn: To look within and connect with a genuinely spiritual place.
The India Spiritual Walking Journey transports travellers from the hustle and bustle of Delhi’s vibrant and colourful streets to the spiritual hub of Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and then onto the holy waters of the Ganges River for a private Hindu ritual of worship. “The best moments are the unscripted ones,” says one traveller. “Buying masala tea from a roadside stand, bargaining with local villagers for costume jewellery, talking to local school children.” This is another fabulous off-the-beaten-track trip from Butterfield & Robinson designed to get your head out of the guide book and open your mind.