18 Sep Inspiring and Useful Online Courses for Travelers – CreativeLive Review
Not too long ago, we discovered a really cool online course site called CreativeLive. While many of their video classes are geared toward creatives – photographers, crafters, entrepreneurs – we wanted to share several of the best ones that would especially interest intentional travelers.
How CreativeLive Works
CreativeLive brings in experts to record live, video workshops and courses. They feature photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting, and software training.
You can watch each live broadcast for free and interact with the instructors via a live chat. Usually, there is a live studio audience who is learning alongside you and then a moderator will keep an eye on the chat feed and pose questions to the expert on behalf of the audience watching online.
After a course is recorded, it’s available on the website for purchase. If you want to watch the lessons on your own time and get access to any workbook downloads or other bonus materials, you buy the course and it’s yours to access forever.
I like to keep my eye on the free courses (sometimes they will even replay crowd favorites for free over a certain weekend) and have enjoyed tuning in to things like:
Great Online Classes for Travelers
The following two classes I (Michelle) can personally recommend. Both are top notch and packed full of practical strategies, tips, and techniques.
The instructor, Ben, is a photographer who happens to travel, but he’s also a really skilled teacher. He has a great way of explaining things that is easy to follow and keeps you engaged. While CreativeLive has a number of different travel photography courses available, I chose this one for the rave reviews about the instructor – and I was not disappointed.
This course has 37 video lessons and a dozen downloads that will help you:
- choose the right camera and gear,
- strategize to get more compelling images,
- navigate the challenges of photography in foreign situations, and
- master editing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop
Although I don’t have the Lightroom program and am just using a glorified point-and-shoot camera, I actually skipped quite a few lessons and still feel like I got a ton of value out of this course. I’m really excited to try some new tricks and practice what I’ve learned in our upcoming trip!
At the time of this writing, this course appears to be on sale for $73 (usually $99).
We happen to know these two travel hacking gurus, thanks to WDS, but even before we knew them personally, they were the reason we learned how to travel hack and now fly multiple international flights per year completely on miles!
I’ve shared before about their joint e-guide, Upgrade Unlocked, which shares much of the same information. But if you have the time, I think you’ll find that this video course/bootcamp is even more engaging.
This course has 33 lessons and seven downloads (including the Credit Card Tracker that I use constantly) that will help you:
- Master the system of Frequent Flier miles and hotel points
- Set up a personal points-earning strategy – even if you don’t fly
- Upgrade your dream vacation experience at no cost to you
They also bring in other guest globetrotters and help the studio audience through the process of travel hacking their dream trips, so you can really see how to apply what you’re learning in real life.
At the moment you can purchase this course on sale for $89 (usually $99).
Some other classes that travelers or digital nomads would appreciate are:
- Fundamentals of Photography – John Greengo
- Six Months to Six Figures – Peter Voogd
- Start a Profitable Online Business – Lewis Howes
- The 4 Hour Life – Tim Ferriss
- Become Fluent in Any Language – Gabe Wyner
Although I cannot personally vouch for these ones, you can always check out the reviews on the course page.
Disclosure: We are affiliates of CreativeLive. That means, if you purchase a course after using one of our links, we will receive a small commission – at no additional cost to you. Rest assured that all opinions in this post are our own.
Get our best tips and resources for transformational travel
Subscribe now to get our free Checklist for International Travel, plus other exclusive content about how to travel more, save money, and enjoy transformational experiences around the world.