Feeling the need to brush up on your academic side with the start of the new year? You could take a university class — those are great. But even better are Ace Camps, which are vacations where the best and most interesting people in the creative industry are your teachers. Each camp is a journey where you will meet amazing people, experience different cultures, and strengthen a skill. A few camps coming up in 2012 are photography and food styling workshop, imaginative sketching and painting in Sweden, and “My Marrakech: A Guided Shopping Tour.” They also have a lovely blog.