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How to Plan a Language
Learning Trip in 9 Steps
Step 7

How to Plan a Language
Learning Trip in 9 Steps
Step 7

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Planning things to see and do around your language studies

Going on a language learning trip might be the perfect way for you to learn a foreign language.

What are the 9 steps I use to organise a language learning trip?

In this blog post series, I will outline the 9 steps I use to plan and go on a language learning trip.

Start with Step 1 – how to choose a language to study, followed by Step 2 – Selecting your destination.

Then read Step 3 – looks at who is coming with you and for how long you’ll go.

Not sure on how to select a language school? Read Step 4 – how to choose a language school

Step 5 – setting a budget and your language learning goals. And Step 6 – how to choose your accommodation.

Visit the main page with all 9 of these blog posts here.

Step 7 – Planning things to see and do on your language learning trip

What can you fit in around your language studies? One of the best things about going on a language learning trip is being able to use your new language skills out in ‘the real world’!

I love planning a trip that involves lots of language learning and immersion in a new culture PLUS time to explore a new destination.

Lingo Dada wrote up a blog of his perspective of Taipei and if you want some more ideas of what to see and do in Taipei, you can read more here.

Planing things to see and do on your language learning trip. What can you do on your language learning trip?

 

Food and market tours

Many destinations are rightly proud of their cuisine. What better way to get an insight into a new culture than by exploring the cuisine? You could construct your own food and market tours or join a paid tour. Either way you can have the chance to taste some amazing new flavours and use your new language skills to order and ask questions of the stall holders.

We did a fantastic street food tour in Ho Chi Minh City with Saigon Street Eats.

planning things to see and do on your language learning trip

Street eats in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Viet Nam

 

Walking tours

If you like exploring a new city by foot, a walking tour could be the best option. Most large cities offer paid (or sometimes free) walking tours of the main sights, and you can often go on your own walking tour. A lot of the guidebooks have walking tours mapped out and you could pick on the places you want to visit or just head out the door and see where you end up!

History-based

Are you interested in the history of the country you’ve chosen? We can learn so much about a new destination by getting to understand the history of the place.

planning things to see and do on your language learning trip

Lingo Dada and Lingo Bubba at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial in Taipei

 

Nature-based

Hiking. Bird watching. Photography. Surfing. Cycling. Depending on your interests, your language learning destination may have it covered! If nature-based activities are a big reason for your trip, do your research before choosing your language learning destination to make sure places to hike or cycle or surf are nearby. There may be tours or clubs you can join too – so check out some of the local blogs to see what’s happening.

Cooking school

If you are a foodie, taking part in a cooking class could be rewarding. We’ve done a private cooking class in Hoi An, Viet Nam and cooked up the dishes yourself gives you some good perspective on preparation techniques and ingredients. It also gives you an insight into your favourite flavours so you know what to order when you are out next!

Big sights

Do you love ticking off the big ticket attractions in a destination? Depending on where you are staying for your language learning immersion, there might be loads of big attractions to check out. We didn’t make it up Taipei 101 (once the tallest building in the world) but we could see the massive building from most places in the city. In some cities, such as Beijing, so many of the  attractions are ‘big sights’ they are hard to miss!

things to see and do during your language learning trip

Visiting the Forbidden City in Beijing, China

 

Culture-based

Temples, museums, galleries and theatre performances all add so much to an immersive language learning experience. Will you have time to spend some time checking out some of the cultural aspects of your destination?

Language exchanges

If you spend some time chatting informally to locals in your destination, your language confidence will shoot up! If you are studying through a university program you will most likely have access to a language exchange program. It may be trickier to set up a language exchange for a shorter period of time, but if you are interested definitely mention it to your language school as they may know somewhere you do some additional practice.

Usually, in a language exchange you will chat half of your time in your native language and half in that of the language you are learning (in China I did English – Mandarin Chinese language exchange).  Language exchanges should be free, as both participants are benefitting. Tutoring is another option where you can pay for conversation practice in your target language.

Travelling with a friend for your next language learning trip

My language exchange partner, Ting Ting from my time in Nanjing

 

Kids activities

If you’re travelling with children, finding great activities and attractions that meet their needs will be high on your agenda. In our recent trip to Taipei, we went to many parks and a fantastic kids cafe. Taipei Zoo was another big hit with Lingo Bubba. Find specific children related websites and blogs for your destination to get some tips on where to take your kids.

Confucius Temple Taipei

Lingo Bubba hanging out in Taipei at the Confucius Temple

 

What would you choose to see and do in around your language studies?

Let me know below!

 

I’d love to answer any questions you have. Get in touch below via the comments or on Facebook or Instagram.

 

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Until next time,

Lingo Mama

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