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From street photography to swimming with whale sharks, unusual holiday courses to book for 2016

There are two types of people when it comes to holidays. For the first, the best part of going away is the chance to do nothing at all. A snooze in the sun, the occasional swim, and somewhere nice to eat: sorted. Type two, in contrast, are sent into a tailspin of panic at the thought of seven days with nothing in the diary. These people want structure. They want plans. They want to be learning something. 

Irreconcilable differences? Not at all. Plenty of holidays allow you to combine the joy of mastering a new skill with time to relax and escape from daily life - and we've got some of the best holiday courses here. Whether you fancy learning to surf in Costa Rica, writing poetry in the Scottish Highlands, making ice-cream in Sorrento or becoming a street photographer in Istanbul, there's something for everyone. 

Accommodation included in all prices. Flights included where noted.

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