You’ve heard the expression, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Well, up until now I knew that to be true. I love surfing the internet because of the volume of great information available to us, but let’s face it, that task can be daunting and you always lose your place because you begin to wander. Actually that’s why I think our site is so cool, because we offer tons of free travel information all in one website (shameless plug).
Back in 2006, Open Culture was founded and is led by an impressive group of educators, writers and the like and this truly is FREE to everyone! They highlight courses that were created by other educational ventures. Then they searched the web, centralized the content, curated it and provided access to it.
So why am I making this a Tip on a Travel website? Well, when you travel you like to be entertained while waiting hours for a flight, getting stuck in odd places, wanting to learn the language of your destination or just filling time while traveling. Also because you’re a Baby Boomer and may have some extra time on your hands to learn things you didn’t have time to while working.
Open Culture will literally blow your mind with what they have brought together for you in one area. Let me tell you what you can expect to find. There are 1100 free online courses from such top universities as MIT, Harvard, Notre Dame, Oxford and UC Berkeley to name a few. What subjects you ask? Archaeology, Architecture, Art and Art History, Film, Food, History, Philosophy, Astronomy, Physics and many, many more.
Of course since you love to travel, you might be interested in learning some foreign languages – they have 48 languages on the site to learn for free from Chinese to Spanish to Finnish.
Love music? They have that as well from 80,000 classical music scores to 9,000 Grateful Dead concerts!
Many of us now travel and carry with us on vacation an iPad, Kindle or other device. Open Culture has over 600 free Ebooks.
How many of you like to watch movies while on an airplane? How about 700 free movies online? They won’t be today’s blockbusters, but they will be classic and entertaining. Their movie categories are: Classics, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller, Westerns, Silent Movies and Documentaries.
They also offer Massive Open Online Courses from major universities and most offer “certificates” or “statements of completion” but not university credit. The courses are anywhere from 4-12 weeks in subjects such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Jazz Appreciation, Growing Our Future Food and much more.
If that isn’t enough, you have access to free art images from places like the The Met, The Getty and the British Library.
I was so amazed by this and needed to share the information with our readers. I hope you enjoy expanding your knowledge – all at a cost to you of $0.