Skill Focused Travel (SFT): Travelling with the intent of gaining a new talent or ability during your adventure.
While travelling to Italy to learn how to cook a perfect pizza, or spending a month in Bordeaux France to learn about wine sounds very romantic, there are a number of SFT opportunities in The United States.
Here is a list of some of the most exciting Skill Focused Adventures you could have in the USA.
I can't help but think of New York City when I think of a perfectly crafted cocktail. A list of the top 100 bars in the world could easily be flooded with Manhattan locations alone. What better way to learn than to pick up a job at one of the infamous hole in the wall cocktail establishments and make a bit of money as your learn the art of mixology?
Sonoma produces many of the most popular wines in the world. California wine business holds its own against the most famous regions like Italy and France. Spend a summer travelling the region. Volunteer at wineries and sample the best wines around as you learn what it takes to go from grape to bottle.
BBQ is an iconic part of American history. There are number of regions with their own unique take on BBQ, but to me, Memphis stands out among the rest. Spend some time in this incredible town as you sample the best BBQ around. Find a few other pit masters to let you in on their secrets and you'll be hosting the most popular parties back home in no time.
Known as the sailing capital of the world, Annapolis has deep roots in nautical history. There is no shortage of ship yards here with able bodied sailors to show you the ropes. The coastal waters also make Annapolis a very safe place to learn to sail and offer plenty of coves, islands, and water ways to explore as you learn.
Orlando may be most famous for its amusement parks, but they are popular for a number of other activities. With a long list of lakes in the area, Orlando is very popular for water sports. The Orlando Water sports Complex is among the most popular wakeboard parks in the world. The complex is a fantastic place to go from absolute beginner to terrain park expert.
San Fransisco and the neighboring Silicon Valley are the hottest places for entrepreneurship. If the idea of running your own business sounds exciting, this is the area you need to explore. There are endless opportunities to work with established businesses and rapidly growing startups alike.
The Florida Keys is a very unique region of the country. The shallow waters among the tiny islands, and warm tropical climate make the Keys an excellent place to learn how to kite surf. Kite shops like Otherside have made this region extremely popular among kiters. They offer fantastic learning packages and can have you up and moving in just a few lessons.
At the southern most point of The United States lies Key West. While the area is famous for it's open minded atmosphere and laid back lifestyle, it is also surrounded by shallow reefs. The area is a perfect location to get scuba certified and explore the aquatic life that surrounds the region.
Among some of the most famous cuisines in the world is the famous southern cooking palette of America. No doubt there is some French influence here, but the southern regions of America have made their style their own. New Orleans is the place for a foodie to properly explore and learn the craft of southern cooking.
When it comes to pressing your luck, Vegas is the place to do it. There is no place on the planet as famous for gambling as Vegas. While there is a lot of luck involved in most gambling, card games like Texas Holdem and Black Jack require skill and experience. For those interested in the game, this is the place to cut your teeth.
There are a number of incredible rivers all around the country to learn white water rafting. The Colorado River in Utah has to be on your list of places to go though. It regularly sits on top 10 lists for best rapids in the world. While there are smaller rapids around for you to learn on, when your ready, the big rapids of the Colorado await.
Nashville is the center of the music world in America. No matter where you stand in the city, you'll be a stones throw away from some infamous music legend. If learning the guitar is on your bucket list, head for Nashville. You'll be surrounded with all the inspiration to learn you could possible handle.