Survey Reveals People’s Dream Courses for 2013

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Photography, cookery and learning to fly a plane have been revealed as the top New Year’s resolutions for 2013 according to the latest lovemycourse survey.

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New year is the time people think of doing something new and there is no better way of making this happen than doing a course- Mark O'Donoghue, Founder

Course booking site, lovemycourse, ran a survey of 2000 people in the UK at the end of 2012 to find out what the most popular New Year’s resolutions were set to be, and the answers reveal a huge mix of goals for 2013 across the UK.

The results of the survey, which questioned men and women over 16, show that the most popular New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to get fit with people choosing everything from personal training to Zumba classes to help. Learning to cook is also a popular choice, perhaps fuelled by the increasing popularity of TV shows like the Great British Bake Off and Masterchef, and 50% of people who want to learn to cook this year are interested in healthy eating.

Learning a language has always been a favourite New Year’s resolution and in 2013, Spanish is set to be the most popular language for people to learn, with French coming in second and Chinese third. Trying something new in 2013 is on the agenda too for over half of the people surveyed and interestingly, 49% of those chose learning to fly a plane as the course they would take.

In terms of age, there is quite a division between what different age groups plan to do next year. Photography is the most popular subject with people in their 30s and 40s and also emerged as the overall favourite subject to take up this year. 16-19 year olds are mostly choosing to learn to drive while people in their 20s are a bit more ambitious – learning to fly a plane came out on top. For retired people the subjects are mixed, but all very hobby-based, from wine tasting to sewing.

The regional results are interesting too; Londoners want to eat more healthily and learn to salsa dance in 2013 and in the Midlands it’s all about studying photography. In Wales people are determined to learn to cook and in the North people want to learn to sew and dance. In the South people also want to master sewing, as well as learning a musical instrument.

Since many of these New Year’s resolutions involve learning, hopes to help people find their perfect course from their database of over 22,000 and in turn ensure that New Year’s resolutions for 2013 are ones that are kept.

“New year is the time people think of doing something new and there is no better way of making this happen than doing a course,” commented Mark O’Donoghue Founder of “The great news is there are so many choices here in the UK, there really is something for everyone on lovemycourse.”

Following on from last week’s revelations that 2012 was the year for booking the career course, it seems that 2013 will be quite the opposite. The year for learning things for fun and trying something new is just about to start and lovemycourse is leading the way.

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