While some people want to do nothing other than party on their travels, others want to do nothing but relax, and some people hope to engage in some sort of extreme sports, more and more people want to increase their knowledge when on the road.

Here we list ten places around the world where you can learn something new on your travels.

1. Learn to salsa dance…
Where? Hostel-Inn Tango City, Buenos Aires, Argentina
How much? Free
Book yourself into Hostel-Inn during your stay in Buenos Aires and not only will you be treated to pleasant surroundings in San Telmo, Buenos Aires. historical quarter, but you can also enjoy free salsa dancing classes which are conducted every Wednesday morning. Lasting three hours, they will seriously spice up your travels.
Hostel-Inn also offers guests free Spanish lessons every Tuesday and Friday which last 90 minutes.

2. Learn to cook Thai food…
Where? Seven Suns, Chiang Mai, Thailand
How much? $18 per person (at ‘Smart Cook Thai Cooking School’)
The emergence of Thai restaurants all around the world over the last decade has been astounding. Today, the South-East Asian country’s gastronomy is undoubtedly one of the most popular Asian cuisines in the world. On Smart Thai Cooking School’s one-day Thai cooking courses you can learn how to make authentic Thai-style fried noodles, chicken in coconut milk and more local delights.

3. Learn to horse ride…
Where? Galopp Horse Riding Holiday Village, Siofok, Hungary
How much? $12 per half hour, $12 per hour to ride out
Siofok is one of Hungary’s most popular tourist resorts and attracts thousands every year who travel there to enjoy its bars and clubs. But at the Galopp Horse Riding Holiday Village you can leave all that behind and learn how to horse ride. Lessons are given daily and after you learn the ropes you can ride out or embark on day-long tours.

4. Learn to dive…
Where? Dive Resort, Coral Coast, Fiji
How much? Dive courses from $227pp
Waidroka (meaning ‘fresh spring water’) Bay on Fiji’s largest island Viti Levu gets its name from the spring creek which flows through the surrounding rain forest. Not far from the resort is ‘Sunset Reef’ which offers unforgettable snorkeling and diving. This hostel/dive school on the bay offers fully certified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses.

5. Learn to speak Spanish (in Spain)…
Where? Hôme Backpackers, Valencia, Spain
How much? $390 for 2-week package (accommodation and intensive course through affiliate ‘Hispania’)
The most popular type of courses with travelers the world over are language courses. According to research published by ISTC (International Student Travel Confederation), nearly 30% of young travelers learn a language during their trip. Home Hostels have all-in-one packages which include both intensive courses and accommodation.

6. Learn to ski…
Where?Rocky Mountain Inn & Hostel, Fraser, Colorado, USA
How much? $49 per day for ski pass, ski gear rental and lesson (at ‘Winter Park Ski and Snowboard School’)
Fewer destinations in North America are as spectacular to go skiing in as the Rocky Mountains. At the Rocky Mountain Youth Hostel accommodation is just over $20 per night, and in the Winter Park Ski Resort which is just twenty minutes away via free shuttle bus ‘all-in-one’ packages (ski-pass/gear/lesson) start at $49 per person for beginners and $69/$79 for intermediate skiers.

7. Learn to kayak/rock climb and more…
Where? K2 . The Killary Centre, Leenane, Connemara, Galway, Ireland
How much? $48 for three-hour sessions/$88 for full day sessions
At the Killary Centre you are spoilt for choice. You can learn how to abseil or rock climb, you can become an ace archer, and (f you’re over 18) you can even try your arm at becoming the next best clay pigeon shooter. All the above activities, plus more, cost $48 for three hours, apart from clay-pigeon shooting which will set you back $73.

8. Learn to speak Spanish (in Ecuador)…
Where? The Secret Garden, Quito, Ecuador
How much? $120 for 20-hour courses (includes 3-course meal); $240 for 40-hour course (includes two 3-course meals plus free guided tour of Ecuador monuments)
Conveniently located down a cobbled street in central Quito, Spanish lessons in the Secret Garden are conducted by qualified teachers. Not only do they teach their students in classrooms, but also bring them into the city centre, educating them about the city’s history in Spanish.

9. Learn to make didgeridoos, drum and twirl fire…
Where? The Arts Factory Lodge, Byron Bay, Australia
How much? $120 for didgeridoos course (includes didgeridoo), $10 for drumming classes, free for fire twirling
Byron Bay in northern New South Wales has been a haven for hippies and surfers for years, and all ‘short-term hippies’ end up in the town’s Arts Factory Lodge. This unique hostel runs various workshops where you can make your own didgeridoo, learn African and Caribbean flavored rhythms.
The Arts Factory also conducts massage courses (pay by donation) and yoga courses ($7.75 per class).

10. Learn to surf
Where? Surfcamp e Chale Gel & Susanne, Guarda do Embau (50kms south of Florianopolis), Brazil
How much? $20 per day

Surrounded by nature and situated less than 200 meters from the beach, at this surf camp you will forget you are anywhere near civilisation. You will lose the sense of being anywhere near an urban area even more when you don your wetsuit for a day’s surfing with the camp’s teacher.

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