Travel skills: 10 things you can learn while waiting for international travel to resume
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You could spend your time stuck at home wallowing in your own wanderlust-driven misery, or you could take the opportunity to better yourself.
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Link Most travellers fancy themselves as photographers, but now is the time to take your snapping game to the next level. Photo: iStock

So, you're grounded right now. No international travel. Even crossing state borders seems dicey.

You could spend this enforced layover wallowing in your own wanderlust-driven misery, which would be reasonable. Or, you could take the opportunity to better yourself, to gain new skills and qualifications to ensure that the next time you leave Australia's shores you'll get far more out of the experience than you would have before.

This enforced break is the ideal time to "upskill", to learn to do things you previously couldn't, to open up new ways of seeing, new ways of doing, and new ways of appreciating.

Take a scuba or free-diving course

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If you're only exploring the world above water level, you're missing out. On your next holiday it's time to go under the sea, to witness life at the bottom of the ocean, to explore coral bommies and drop-offs, to spot turtles and rays, to see clown fish darting through anemones. And the only way you're going to do that is with a scuba-diving or free-diving certification. If you live near the coast, there's a school near you. You will never look at the world the same way again.

Get a license

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The more licenses you have, the more freedom you have as a traveller. Can't drive a car? That's a good place to start. Now you're on Route 66; you're cruising the Amalfi coastline (pictured). But don't stop there. Get your motorbike license – you're not insured to ride a scooter overseas (in Thailand, in Sicily) unless you have one, and a scooter is one great way to see the world. It's also worth doing a boat license course, and suddenly you're hitting…
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