If you are serious about learning the language and getting direct pleasure from what you have learned, you need to go to where that language is spoken. Fact!
A trip abroad or even living abroad for a period of time can complement learning in the classroom. Reading books and learning verb charts may be the easiest way to ensure you expose yourself to the language at home, however, the people and the culture will far outclass them once you get to the country where your language is spoken. At GermanMind, we always motivate our students to travel to Germany, and to get to know the people, the culture and simply the life in Germany - in German.