As we’ve grown older, we’ve started to appreciate life’s experiences.

In our earlier years, vacations had a very limited focus and we can admit that our focus had little to do with learning more about the destination or the culture. In those days, it was all about the beach, the nightlife, shopping, and just having a great time with our friends. Fast forward to current times and our vacation plans are driven by a different need.

Now we seek deeper experiences; a deeper connection with the culture of the city in which we will spend the next 7, 14, or even 21 days. Our vacations are longer, our plans are way more involved, and the journey is the most important part of the adventure.

Take a trip to Germany as an example (a destination we’ve always wanted to travel to). We can admit to being very intimidated about traveling to any foreign country; especially one where you will come across a language barrier. Would we not enjoy our vacation just that much more if we could carry on a conversation with the locals? Would we not venture out beyond the tourist spots to enhance our experience if we felt comfortable in doing so? Of course we would!

That’s why we found Goethe-Institut so fascinating. Located in New York, the Goethe-Institut is not just about learning a language, but is it also about getting to know a culture. They offer courses from general language to specialized courses that have a specific focus. Like the “Conversation for Tourists” course that would be a perfect way to prepare for a summer in Germany. The ability to interact on a completely different level in a German-speaking environment would definitely make that trip much more enjoyable. And although they are located in New York, you do have the flexibility to learn online with their interactive teaching approach.

Hey, we’re “experience” girls so this would be a perfect option for us. And what better way to enhance your experience, right?

New courses start on April 13, 2015. Click here for more details!

 

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Shanna "Urban Girl" Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

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