Vacations are all about kicking back and relaxing. But if you’ve become bored with the routine cruise, beach escape and touristy attractions and crave the opportunity to challenge yourself, maybe it’s time to expand your horizons and knowledge with a learning vacation.

Vacationing with a purpose, in a new location, can be a great vacation experience.

“A trip has a really good return on investment because you get a lot from it, after the fact. A learning program while you’re vacationing just adds to the whole experience. You can keep going back to it mentally when you’ve gone back home and think about what you’ve learned. It can also make you feel like you’ve accomplished something, and that appeals to a lot of people,” says Susannah Snider, staff writer for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Planning a learning vacation doesn’t have to be a difficult process. All you need to do is to zero in on your interest(s) and where you’d like to learn. Do you want to brush up on your Spanish while you get your scuba certification? Maybe Costa Rica is a good place to do both!  Or maybe your love for chocolate is motivating you to take a confections course at the International Culinary Center in New York City!