What's your passion? How to enjoy your hobby on holiday

From birding to cooking, feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you in incredible destinations around the world…

By Lorna Cowan

Published 12 July 2023

What makes you content? Is it pottering in the garden and cultivating seeds that spring into life? Are you a book worm, where you’re happiest getting lost in the pages of an intricate story? Perhaps you love to cook, and there’s nowhere you’d rather be than rustling up a delicious meal in the kitchen with a glass of wine.

We all have passions – and in focusing on them, it can bring a sense of wellbeing and joy to our lives. And even better if you can enjoy your favourite pastimes with a passion for travel. Imagine being able to explore extraordinary destinations around the world and do what you love doing, too. A travel experience with a difference – and ones that will stay with you forever.

Whether it’s epic wildlife spotting in Costa Rica or learning to cook authentic dishes from a former MasterChef winner in Greece - we have an exciting range of holidays that really focus on you and your interests.

So, if you’re a keen twitcher, history buff, music aficionado or nimble dancer, you’ll be able to find the perfect holiday below.

We have endless opportunites for you to channel your inner David Attenborough on a wildlife holiday. Are you wild about wildlife and have a passion for photography, too? Whether it’s on your wish list to watch whales bursting out of the waters of Canada, or search for the Big Five while on safari in South Africa, you’ll never forget a wildlife holiday experience — be sure to capture every encounter on camera.

And if you want to witness one of the greatest sights on earth — when around two million wildebeest and zebra embark on an incredible annual migration — a holiday discovering the Best of Kenya and Tanzania is a must.

Sampling culinary specialities is a highlight of travelling abroad, and expertly crafted itineraries for food and wine holidays means you’ll get to taste delicious cuisine and learn all about traditional cooking methods – perfect for foodies and aspiring chefs.

As well as visiting vineyards, olive groves and historical sites, on a Food and Wine holiday in Greece, MasterChef winner Irini Tzortzoglou shares her love of cooking Greek dishes using local ingredients and flavours. You’ll be sure to pick up a few tips to impress family and friends back home.

Don’t let a comfortable hotel room entice you to retire early in the evening. In some destinations you can relax, sit back with a nightcap and gaze up at the inky night sky peppered with glistening stars.  Tenerife has exceptionally clear dark skies and La Palma is recognised as a Starlight Reserve — it’s one of the best places in the world for keen astronomers. Anyone wanting to learn more about constellations is also sure to become starry-eyed on our Astronomy and Geology in Tenerife special interest holiday.

If you enjoy watching the antics of robins, blue tits and even the occasional woodpecker in your garden, imagine spotting toucans, macaws and hummingbirds in the wild? Costa Rica is a dream destination for anyone with a passion for ornithology — the country boasts one of the highest diversity of birds in the world, with approximately 875 species recorded. Closer to home we have incredible European birdwatching holidays in Spain and Portugal. Don’t forget to take your binoculars.

On all our history and archaeology holidays, we journey back in time and unearth secrets of the past – be it historic civilisations, crumbling buildings, centuries’ old landmarks or from the fascinating stories that have been passed down through generations. Whether it’s the awe-inspiring archaeological sites in Ancient Greece, the buried treasures of Egypt, impressive Mayan cities and temples in Mexico or the iconic Incan empire of Machu Picchu in Peru, we have expert guides to make sure that history is brilliantly brought to life.

Have you ever wondered if you could slip into something shiny and sequinned and then impress on the dancefloor? Maybe you’re already sure-footed and can waltz your way to a perfect 10. Dancing holidays are fantastic for anyone longing to take those first steps across a ballroom floor, as well as experienced dancers who want to perfect their fancy footwork. We have expert tuition that is combined with excursions and social dance sessions in sunny Tenerife.

We aim to create a memorable soundtrack for all our holidays. Head to the USA and you’ll be treated to a cacophony of Southern sights and sounds from an age where musical legends including Elvis, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash made their mark. Sail down the Mississippi on a paddlewheel steamer and listen to the sultry sounds of rhythm and blues. Music really does make the world go around.

Proud you know your petunias from your peonies? Or have you just started a budding interest in plants and flowers? Regardless of your green-fingered ability, gardening holidays, such as a tour of the Moorish and Modern Gardens of Spain, give you access to meticulously maintained estates, enchanting orchards, historic arboretums and, in this example, the stunning Generalife gardens at Granada’s Alhambra Palace.

Strolling through charming wildflower meadows full of butterflies, picturesque walled gardens and woodland filled with myrtle and strawberry trees is another option, while relaxing on a holiday in Croatia.

Discover our wide range of holiday types to destinaions all over the world.

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