Want to learn something on holidays?

From an Israeli archaeological dig to Vietnamese cooking classes, these four invigorating holiday ideas will inspire you, give you a well-deserved break and teach you something new.

If you're tired of the same old routine then why not shake things up with an intellectually stimulating holiday? There are a host of intriguing and challenging break options available to suit every passion. You can book a tour or create your own voyage of discovery. You are also likely to cross paths with people who have similar interests and passions.

Volunteer at an archaeological dig in Israel
Israel is an ancient and holy land brimming with history and vibrant culture. There are countless archaeological digs underway across this small nation. Fascinating sites include the 6000-year-old settlement at Meggido and the Medieval Ottoman city of Tel Kabri, where countless treasures have been unearthed.

For two to four weeks at a time, volunteers are invited to participate in a real archaeological dig. Admittedly the daily work involves a lot of cleaning, digging and basket-carrying, but there will also be many unique and enormously satisfying experiences. As you live and work as part of a group, you'll get a sense for the extraordinary march of human civilisation and the importance of unearthing the relics left by cultures past. For more information on volunteer sites visit Volunteer in Israel.

Study Italian in Italy
They say Italian is the language of romance and passion, so if you have always wanted to learn it is time to embrace your inner desires. Truly immerse yourself in the dolce vitaof Italian living and opt for a one month or three month language course. The University for Foreigners Perugia is one of the oldest and most renowned institutions associated with teaching Italian. Their courses offer students of all ages the chance to become well-acquainted with the culture and are rigorous schedules. Perugia is also a beautiful Italian city also internationally renowned for its Perugina chocolates. Courses and research accommodation options are available here.

Take a food tour of Vietnam
Vietnamese cuisine is fresh and flavoursome. Visitors to the coastal nation will be treated to a literal smorgasbord of dining options: from mouth-watering seafood dishes to street-market pho. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and Hanoi are natural attractions and act as great hubs with a range of touring options. Vietnam is famous for its diverse cuisine and their many colourful and tasty dishes.

In Ho Chi Minh, consider taking the Saigon cooking Class for expert advice on how to prepare iconic Southern Vietnamese dishes including pho and fresh spring rolls. The Red Bridge Cooking School in Hoi An offers day classes and deluxe training in the art of Central Vietnamese cooking. If you’re in the north, unearth the unique, gourmet dishes of Hanoi’s street vendors with hands-on instruction from the Hanoi Cooking Centre.

Want a more casual education?
The U.S.A. is a dizzying place which is fascinating and stimulating on a multitude of levels. On the east coast, New York City dazzles visitors with its heady arts scene and glorious gallery culture. Visit the Guggenheim for an incomparable gallery experience, and stop in at MoMA for an education in the beauty of modern art. On Broadway, you'll find the best live theatre circuit in the world, offering patrons the chance to see the legends of entertainment in their natural habitat.

Head to Chicago, in the nation's mid-west, for magnificent architecture and storied late-night jazz bars like the Green Mills. While you're in town, spend an afternoon admiring the many wonderful houses designed by genius architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Over on the west coast, idyllic San Francisco is a portal to the past and a symbol of progressive America. There's plenty of live music and modern culture, but the famous Alcatraz Prison is a historical site like no other. 

Round out your American journey with a trip down south, and pay a visit to the country music capital of the USA, Nashville, Tennessee. There's plenty of good food and authentic country music, but a visit to Nashville isn't complete without catching a show at the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the 'Grand Ole Opry'. Daytime tours encourage patrons to jump onstage where Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, the Carter Family and countless other legends once stood.

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