Holidays are never long enough, so why not maximise your you-time by combining a trip away with your favourite hobbies, pastimes and interests? Here are ten excellent ways to turn your hobby into a holiday, for gamers to crafters, animal lovers to outdoor adventurers and everyone in between!
How to Turn Your Hobby into a Vacation
Channel the Motorcycle Diaries: If you can’t get enough of that adventure film rush, head to Havana, Cuba. Here, you can sign up for an incredible motorbiking trip through the country, run by Che Guevara’s actual son!
Indulge in a weekend of jazz: Brussels’ Jazz Marathon Weekend draws fans of blues, funk and all things saxophone from every corner of the globe!
Spin a yarn in Morocco: If you love nothing more than a good story, seek out the ancient art of ‘hikayat’, the Moroccan tradition of live story-telling. Marrakesh’s Cafe Clock showcases performances from some of the country’s finest.
4. Art aficionados
Sketch a safari: Pack your paintbrush and sketchpad, and head off to Zambia for an incredible ‘art-safari‘ adventure! This trip focusses on seeking out, and committing to paper, some of the area’s breathtaking wildlife.
Get hooked on crochet: Explore the crafting world’s hottest trend, and head to the ‘World Famous Crochet Museum‘ in California. Packed to the rafters with all things knotted, this is a quirky, converted photobooth with many secrets to share.
Design your sushi: If you thought sushi was just for eating, think again. Tokyo’s Sushi Academy provides workshops and courses in ‘art sushi’, focussing on turning your fishy food into things of beauty.
7. Outdoor adventurers
Explore a volcano: Fans of geology will delight in the chance to explore one of nature’s great wonders from the inside – the Thrihnukagigur Volcano in Iceland is the only one in the world where this is possible!
Up your cosplay game: If fantasy gaming is your thing, jump into the ultimate cosplay adventure in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, and learn the art of Mongol warrior combat.
9. Sports fans
Run , run, run: Keen runner? Challenge yourself a whole new way, and take part in the annual ‘Man vs Horse’ marathon. Held in Llanwrtyd, Wales, this event sees athletes challenging riders to the ultimate race.
10. Animal lovers
Piggy paddle: Take your love of all things feathered, finned and furry to the Bahamas’ Big Major Cay Island is home to the world-famous, swimming pigs!
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