Switch off on holiday by learning something new

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Word is, six out of 10 holidaymakers reach for their smartphones, tablets and laptops within minutes of landing at their destination

Holidays are for relaxing, right? They’re supposed to be that much-needed break from the nine to five (or should we say seven to seven) workaday routine.

But apparently, many Brits are unable to switch off on holiday – literally and figuratively. Word is, six out of 10 holidaymakers reach for their smartphones, tablets and laptops within minutes of landing at their destination. A startling 86 per cent of them do so to check emails, a stat which shows just how difficult it is to put work tasks and responsibilities aside.

As we all know, breaks – be they, lunchtimes away from desks or holidays – are critical not only for our health and wellbeing, but also our productivity.

So how can travellers “power down” on holiday and increase their chances of returning rested and rejuvenated.

Well, one solution is to learn something new (a Top 6 Travel Trend for 2013). When absorbed in a new activity, people tend to forget the other things on their mind and focus on the task at hand.

Here are three trips from the website www.golearnto.com that’ll have you leaving your technology torture devices in your suitcase.

Andalucia, Spain
Andalucia, Spain. Photo by sidibousaid60

Paint at a luxury eco-retreat – Andalucia, Spain

No matter if you have artistic talent or not, it’s always fun to channel your inner-child by painting and drawing outdoors. Set in 50 acres of farmland, visitors are never short of inspirational natural scenes upon which they can hone their skills.

Go horse-riding and learn the art of Spanish cooking – Los Juncares, Spain

Roam on horseback through this stunning semi off-grid location surrounded by olive groves, verdant mountains, hills and views of Lake Izjnar, before discovering how to whip up one or two Andalucían delights.

Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui, Thailand. Photo by Quinn Ryan Mattingly

Ashtanga yoga retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand

This luxury eco-friendly yoga retreat on the pristine beaches of Laem Sor makes a great backdrop for practising healthy living.

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Switch off on holiday by learning something new was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (631 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.