Vacation and learning do not always mix easily, however, with adequate planning and a little innovation, you can get to learn while sight seeing and exploring on your vacation. In this article, we are going to give you some tips on how to learn on vacation:
- Equip Yourself With the Right Resources Before Leaving For Your Vacation – During your vacation, you’ll need various tools and technology to stay connected. You should consider carrying your laptop (preferably with a built-in camera for the video tutorials). You should also bring a battery charger and a set of earphones so that you do not disturb other people especially in public environments.
- Have Options For Internet Access Near Your Destination – As you well know, internet access is essential for learning especially when on vacation. You need to research your particular destination before departing, and make sure that you’ve at least 1 backup option for the internet access. As unlikely as it might seem, not everybody has high speed internet, or the internet at the hotel may not be that reliable. Nothing hinders learning on vacation like a poor internet connection. If the hotel you’re staying doesn’t have a good internet connection, you can look into some nearby locations that have affordable internet cafes, or regular cafes which offer free Wi Fi.
- Learn About Where You Are – Learning does not always have to come in form of text books. If you’re traveling to another country or city, try and learn about its’ history, geology, culture, geography, among others. You can even try out the local foods, check out the libraries. learn the local language, visit some museums, among other things. Immersing yourself in a different culture or/and language can help broaden your horizons and view of the world.
- Determine Your Learning Goals – Approaching your destination with a learning goal in mind will greatly help keep you sharp all throughout your vacation, and will bring purpose to most of your decision making. You need to set clearly defined goals before going on vacation. Take a look at the itinerary and just how long your vacation will take, and set goals for what you wish to accomplish. Make sure your goals are realistic; this means that you should take into consideration the events and activities you have planned for your vacation. Create a well thought schedule to reach your set goals by the end of your vacation, and make sure you stick to it.