5 great vacation spots to learn English

Studying in an English-speaking country is a dream for many people. While most people don’t have the time or money to study overseas, going on vacation to an English-speaking country can be a great way to build your English skills and have a great time, too.

In an English-speaking country, you’ll be able to practise English 24 hours a day and see how good your English is in real-life situations. If you have time, you could even take a short English course (such as those at EF’s International academies – Editor, please keep or delete this as you see appropriate), to give your skills an extra boost.

With so many English-speaking countries to choose from, it can be difficult to choose where to go. To help you choose, here’s our helpful guide to our top five vacation spots to learn English.


If you can’t choose between a city-break and a beach holiday, Sydney might be perfect for you.

With its dramatic harbor location, bridges, and opera house, Sydney is one of the most famous cities in the southern hemisphere and perfect for sightseeing. The lively nightlife and vibrant neighbourhoods make it a great place to meet people from around the world who have come to work or study. To top it off, there are great beaches and surfing right outside town.


With its beautiful palm lined beaches, classic Art Deco architecture, lively nightlife, and great restaurants, Miami may be the best place for a vacation anywhere in the Caribbean. It has a unique mixture of Latin American culture combined with the convenience and vitality of one of the USA’s most dynamic cities.

New York

New York attracts tourists from all over the world. Its galleries and museums make it perfect for anyone wanting a cultural vacation, you can ‘shop till you drop’ and then party the night away with restaurants, bars and clubs catering for any kind of taste you can imagine. New York also has an academic side, with universities and language schools making it a great study destination for students from all over the world.


Cambridge is best known for its university, but you don’t have to be a scholar to have a fun break in this historic and charming city. In addition to university students, the city also attracts many young people from around the world who study in short term programs and mingle in the numerous cafes, bars, and nightclubs. In the summer take a boat out on the river, or in winter visit the Christmas market then have a drink by the fire in a traditional English pub.


Samuel Johnson, the author of one of what many people consider to be the first English dictionary once said “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” This is still true today. However long you spend in London, you will still wish you had more time to explore the city. London is a unique combination of old and new and whether you’re interested in history, culture, shopping, nightlife or all those things, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in London.

So, those are our top five vacation spots to learn English. All you need to do now is decide which one is best for you.