For me, travelling has always been as much about a cultural and spiritual experience as well as taking pretty pictures and seeing the world. This article will explore some of the many ways in which travelling may broaden your horizons.

If you have a hobby, why not incorporate that into your travels? Seek out esteemed places related to something you enjoy doing, and spend a few weeks learning from the experts. There are holidays for virtually every type of craft and hobby, from">chocolate making in Belgium to model railways in the English countryside , all the way through to">winemaking in Italy and">gardening in Australia . A learning holiday can be a great resource to expand on what you already know, with hands-on experience. Many people have made successful businesses from their hobbies after taking a hobby holiday, so you may find that you want to take your past-times even further after learning from the experts!

Holidays can put you in touch with a wide variety of people, but it can be difficult to find a way to meet new people, especially if you are a solo traveller. A good option is to stay in someone else's home for the duration of your vacation. Sites like">Air B&B allow people to offer their homes for travellers, sometimes at an astonishingly cheap rate. People advertise everything on the site, from a single room to a whole house or apartment. Living with a native family really gives you the feel of the country's culture and more often than not, you will be invited to eat and socialise with them, and they are often very happy to talk about your destination, as well as advising of places of interest that are off the beaten track. This can be a huge blessing, especially for a solo traveller who may feel lonely in a hotel room on their own. There are even unusual places to rent, including castles and eco-friendly beachside properties. Each place comes with reviews, so you can check out people's ratings before you book. My friends and I have had great successses in booking places from Air B&B, as well as making some good friends from the various places we've stayed.

These are just a couple of ways to broaden your horizons and meet new people when you're travelling. What are your top tips for a learning holiday?