Travellers ditching bucket-list sights in favour of learning new skills: Report

Jun 19, 2019
Holiday-makers are travelling to Cambodia for traditional pottery classes. Source: Getty

Travellers are ditching bucket-list sights for family-friendly activities, classes and workshops, and wellness experiences.

TripAdvisor’s 2019 Experiences Trend Report revealed that one of the hottest souvenirs to bring back from a trip is a new skill, with the number of bookings for classes and workshops almost doubling in the last year.

Among the most popular classes of the year were trips to Sydney for surf lessons, San Juan for salsa dancing and Cambodia for traditional pottery classes. However, Rome’s Gladiator School — where like-minded holiday-makers learn how to become a gladiator — won the title for the most booked experience for 2018.

“Travellers are booking more immersive experiences than ever,” Molly Burke, a TripAdvisor spokesperson, said.

“Visiting iconic sites is still a priority, but travellers are increasingly curating trips to suit their unique interests. Whether that means bringing the whole family along or booking rejuvenating wellness experiences, travellers have so many options to really customise their trip, and immerse themselves in the local culture.”

The report also found that family-friendly activities and wellness experiences, such as a trip to La Fortuna’s mineral hot springs in Costa Rica, have become a firm priority for global travellers.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you like learning a new skill overseas?

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