SENIOR ‘ROAD’ SCHOLARS

Dec 12th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

How to Become a “Road Scholar”

Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel, offers seniors Adventures in Lifelong Learning. Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers more than 7,000 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.  Road Scholar inspires adults to learn, discover and travel. Road Scholar’s learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime.

Road Scholar participants are curious, adventuresome and open to experiencing the world through learning and travel. When you participate in a Road Scholar program, not only will you expand your mind, but you will be in the company of other people who believe that learning is one of the best parts of life. Road Scholar instructors are both authorities on your topic or destination and lifelong learners themselves who are excited to answer your questions, hear your opinions and share in your experience. Even more, the learning that takes place is not imparted solely by lecturers and experts, but is a shared experience augmented to a major degree by the senior participants themselves.

Road Scholar programs are renowned for being inclusive, warm and welcoming for single senior participants. With Road Scholar, traveling as a senior single doesn’t mean traveling alone.  You can either be matched with a roommate or, on most programs, you can choose to room on your own. “There’s something special about the Road Scholar spirit that makes it easy for a single person like me to feel safe and welcomed so warmly into the group.”  – Elsie M., Boston, MA.

Each year, Elderhostel awards $300,000 in scholarships towards programs in North America for those who do not have the financial means to participate. “Scholarships aren’t just good for the recipients; they’re good for all participants because they increase the social and economic diversity of the program experience.”

Some of the most popular programs feature both national and international trips.  How about checking out Taos, Nepal, France or take a float trip to the Galapagos Islands? Other tours are specific such as birding, crafts, food and wine. I led a dozen of these two-week trips to France… all terrific experiences for seniors. Road Scholars can choose trips focusing on  golf, history, culture and holidays. Then you can take your grandkids with you on an intergenerational trip.

Educational Travel  Developed for Seniors Only

Road Scholar is the name for the programs developed and offered by Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. Elderhostel was founded by two unlikely collaborators – Marty Knowlton, a world-traveling, free-spirited social activist and former educator, and David Bianco, a highly organized university administrator.

Road Scholar is proud of its ever expanding range of curricula. Senior citizen travelers in the newest programs will break code at England’s Station X and hunt the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia. Fresh adventures to fortify the spirit and enrich the mind await both new and experienced participants.

You don’t have to go abroad to enjoy Road Scholar academics. The United States offers 3.5 million square miles of urban achievement, parkland, historic sites and natural wonders for the senior adventurer to explore. From the Bayou to the Badlands, Portland, Ore., to Portland, Maine, Road Scholar programs occur in all 50 states to promote understanding of the peoples, places and past of this vast and storied nation. Seen enough?  Check out the programs by contacting Road Scholar and have all your questions answered at 1-800-454-5768.  jeb



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