Alternative educational trips
Cooking, olive-picking or sight-seeing? If you don’t feel your children’s school trips are educational enough, you can always take your teens on some alternative holidays. Here are a few ideas:
Cookery courses: Take your teens to Cavan or Cork for weekend break and get them immersed in cooking with Ireland’s best known chefs – Neven Maguire and Darina Allen, who offer cookery courses to suit every level of experience. (nevenmaguire.com, cookingisfun.ie)
Culture vulture: For those with more of a budget, turn the school trip into a family holiday and combine culture and history with food in Italy. A day in Rome with a guide is worth more than any history lesson, while
art lovers should head for Florence.
Alternatively, why not learn to make gelato from an award-winning expert or test your olfactory skills while making your own perfume under the guidance of a master. (italywithus.com ,tusc any now and more.com, theartofleisure.com)
Working holidays: This can be a surprisingly fun way to spend a school break and learn a language: head to Spain, France or Italy to pick olives or grapes or even go mussel-harvesting in Brittany.
Or for those who want to stay closer to home, a fruit-picking break is a good way of earning some cash, while seeing another part of the country. (olivepicking.com , workaway.info, golearnto.com, pickingjobs.com/ireland)