Put Learning
At The Heart
Of Your Adventure

I show you how to connect deeply with the people and places you visit by learning to understand their languagehistory and culture before you go.​​

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Meet James

My name is James Granahan and I'm the founder of Smart Effective Learning

I've lived in 11 countries, speak 5 languages and enjoy nothing more than exploring a new place, learning about new culture or sitting down with a good history book!

If you’ve ever asked yourself:

  • What’s the best way to connect with locals while travelling?
  • What can I do to improve my understanding of other cultures and their history?
  • How can I get past the tourist traps and uncover the heart of places I visit?

Or if you just have a passion for learning new things and exploring the world around you... you're in the right place!

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What My Students Say

Very good teacher with really good tips and approaches to help you. 

Thiago Schmitz

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Thank you James for creating this series of new study approaches. I am becoming more structured through the training. Thanks!


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MY TRavel Coverage during the coronavirus

Even though travel is on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, I want continue to inform and inspire visitors to this site who want to learn about the world as much as they want to travel there. I believe that now is the perfect time to prepare for the incredible adventures we'll have when this is all over. So join me in using this time to learn more about the places you plan to visit when we can travel again.