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Why buy your travel souvenirs when you can make them instead? Take it from Geetika Agrawal, founder of the Vacation With An Artist app (VAWAA), who decided she wanted to learn from the locals when she went on vacation.

After spending a summer working with local artisans in small villages in India, Agrawal realized that she wanted to see more of the world while making more art. (Because who wouldn’t want to learn lacquer painting in Vietnam?) The fantastic program allows people from all over the world to sign up and rent a studio from a local artist while learning their craft.

With artists in Europe, Asia, and South America, you can pretty much go anywhere and learn anything. Not only will you learn a craft from one of the artisans, but they’re also local ambassadors of that country and culture. Talk about really getting a foreign experience!

Trips with VAWAA can be short or long; depending on your location and your craft and you can stay for days or weeks. Have you ever wanted to make ceramics in Slovenia, make music in Uruguay or make shoes in the Czech Republic? This program offers these crafts and many more for you to choose from.

Who else will come back from vacation and get to show off the traditional jewelry that they made in Argentina? Come back later, we’re busy booking a trip.

Yes, please!
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