All inclusive breaks without the price tagListed on July 20, 2013 in Lifelong learning
Package holidays have been around a long time – but the type of beach holiday popular 20 years ago is no longer the only type of full-board all inclusive escape many people seek.
There are now dozens of alternatives for families, but far fewer for couples and solo travellers.
Earlier in 2013 The Telegraph published an article listing the 6 best alternatives to the typical package holiday and not surprisingly – residential study centres and activities are high on that list.
So why are they so popular?
- For a start, you can rely on a good standard of accommodation – centres may often be quality assessed by certain hospitality standards such as VisitEngland, especially if also serving as a venue for weddings and business events. These venues also pride themselves on offering a plentiful supply of high quality food and excellent customer service.
- Residential courses give great value for money, with few or no hidden extras – most centres offer course places on a full-board basis so there are no nasty surprises when you check-out! The only additional purchases whilst on site may be some drinks at the bar.
- Exceptional standards of tuition: Tutors on these courses are often well known in their field and are unrestricted by curriculums and criteria. They are frequently specialists in their subject area with numerous years of experience. Your tutor may have written books, run blogs or websites and can tailor the level of teaching to any group, supporting beginners as well as advanced students. Some tutors may use their skills as professionals, such as well known songwriters, voice coaches, or watercolourists. They are often a fountain of knowledge and passionate about their topic – choosing to share it in their own way. As a result, the whole ambience of a short lifelong learning course is relaxed, friendly and very enjoyable.
- Education & entertainment – residential courses are unique in that they offer so much quality interaction between students and tutors, learning can happen both in the classroom as well as over lunch! To keep the quality of the learning experience high, the number of people attending a course may be limited – which also enhances the social experience and can lead to new friendships between strangers with a common interest.
- A warm greeting is the norm from staff at residential study centres. They are experienced in welcoming the single traveller, and visitors often feel comfortable and secure within minutes of arrival. These properties are often in wonderful and interesting locations too, with an experienced and knowledgeable support team on hand.
- Freedom – whether you are looking to expand your subject knowledge, learn a new skill or indulge in a much-loved interest, on a residential course there is always a friendly atmosphere; there are no exams to take, and no qualifications required. Most courses are open to all abilities, with no previous experience necessary. And if you are working Monday to Friday, a weekend break allows you to indulge in a special interest or hobby in a distraction-free environment too !
And if you have ever attended a residential course we would love to hear about your experience !
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