Recent Blog Posts
    • 9 Nov 2017

    Top 8 National Parks to Visit in Winter

    There’s something to learn in each of the 59 National Parks in the United State all year ‘round, but some of these famous landscapes offer special adventures in winter time – and smaller crowds for more exclusive experiences. Whether you’re looking for a warm winter getaway or interested in exploring a snowy winter wonderland on skis or snowshoes—there’s a National Park for every type of traveler and learner.
    • 6 Nov 2017

    Five Thoughtful Ways to Help a Caregiver This Holiday Season

    BY ANN SIMANIS Nurse. Housekeeper. Decision maker. Friend. Support system. Caregivers often take on these jobs and more. An estimated 43 million Americans are currently responsible for serving as the primary — and unpaid — caregiver to a...
    • 30 Oct 2017

    What the heck is Pinterest?

    Ever wish there was a way to save all of those inspiring recipes, news articles or DIY projects that you find on the web? Well, there is — and it’s called Pinterest. One of the most popular social media platforms after Facebook and Instagram, Pinterest allows you to create memory boards where you can store and search for online inspiration. This application works as well on a desktop computer as it does on your iPad or...
    • 27 Oct 2017

    The Difference Road Scholars Make on Communities Worldwide

    When a Road Scholar participant attends a learning adventure, it is obvious how they deepen and enrich their own lives through the experience. But have you ever considered the impact he or she makes on individuals and communities around the world?
    • 26 Oct 2017

    What are Grandparents For?

    My dad’s mother died when he was six. His father—Grandpa—was my favorite; he was deeply intellectual and deeply spiritual, and a whole lot of fun. Thirty-some years after his death, I can still hear him strumming his mandolin and belting out chorus after chorus of “The Martins & The Coys.”
    • 17 Oct 2017

    America’s Most Beautiful Historic Train Rides

    The railroad boom that began in the 1830s in North America opened up a continent. Railways not only made it possible to carry goods and freight across the country, but it also gave those with adventurous spirits access to the North American frontier. Those previously landlocked in rural mountain towns now had access to a whole new world. From the East Coast to the West, journey through railroad history on a vintage caboose...
    • 4 Oct 2017

    There is a lot to learn about Cuba.

    At Road Scholar, we offer educational adventures to 150 countries, but in recent years the most fascinating country to experience of them all is Cuba. The culture, the architecture, the performing arts and the abundant charm of the Cuban people make...
    • 21 Sep 2017

    Welcome to the Cotswolds: A ‘Picture-Perfect Postcard of Britain’

    Rolling green meadows. Thatched-roof cottages. Honey-hued limestone. Welcome to the Cotswolds, an idyllic area of south central England where history unfolds at every picturesque turn. Encompassing five counties, the Cotswolds’ unspoiled rural...
    • 21 Sep 2017

    A Newbie’s Guide to New England Leaf Peeping

    If you’re a New Englander, you know that the autumn season begins the day after Labor Day. Sure, the calendar says we have until the end of September, but change is in the air come early September. Farm stands have started selling ‘mums’ (chrysanthemums), apples are on deck and pumpkin-spice-everything has hit our local stores.
    • 14 Sep 2017

    Top Destinations for Solo Holiday Travel

    Maybe you're not the "family feast" type at Christmas. Perhaps you're looking for a little adventure over New Year's. Maybe you're on your own and are looking for ways to make new friends over the holidays or you’d like a holiday escape from your cold and snowy home town. No matter what your reason is, if you're a solo traveler, taking a trip over the holidays can be a great way to meet other...
    • 8 Sep 2017

    How to Go Back to College for Free

    Admit it, you were one of those kids who actually looked forward to the start of school and thought September was the true New Year. In elementary school you loved the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, in high school your pulse quickened at the si...
    • 30 Aug 2017

    Mackinac Island: Where History Lives and Time Stands Still

    Jump in your time machine and drift back to the Victorian era on Mackinac Island.
    • 15 Aug 2017

    Where the Wealthy Went: 7 Historical Summer Resorts

    BY JOANN BELL Imagine Gatsby-style summer galas where millionaires and movie stars, tycoons and wealthy politicians mixed and mingled from the end of the Civil War through the Roaring Twenties. We’ve gathered a list of seven world-renowned sum...
    • 21 Jul 2017

    What the Heck is Instagram? Inside the App

    Navigating the world of technology can be overwhelming. Trends are constantly changing, and it seems like there’s a new tool or “app” becoming popular every other minute. We’ve chosen some of the popular technological tools that we think our participants and fans would benefit from and enjoy the most, and Instagram is #1 on the list.
    • 20 Jul 2017

    The Road Scholar Dream Dinner Party Guest List

    Are you in the mood for some great food and stimulating conversation? We asked Road Scholars who they would have dinner with if they could pick anyone, living or dead, and the dinner guests who came out on top in our poll comprise some of the greatest hearts and minds who have ever walked the planet. Gather 12 chairs around your dining room table, and bring your “A-game” to this gathering!
    • 13 Jul 2017

    How Road Scholars Are Impacting the People of Cuba — One Person at a Time

    I get a little teary-eyed and emotional when I talk about Road Scholar and Cuba, because I have seen the changes and improvements in individual lives, who — for us here at Road Scholar and for the thousands of Road Scholar participants who have traveled to Cuba — have faces and names and their own stories to tell.
    • 30 Jun 2017

    Happy Independence Day from Road Scholar!

    This Fourth of July holiday is a time to reflect on the freedoms we hold so dear and to celebrate the many different cultures and peoples that make American society so rich. America is a dream, an ideal and a place, and its strength comes from its pe...
    • 26 Jun 2017

    10 Places in the World Where You Can’t Find a McDonald’s

    Our collection of countries where you can’t find a McDonald’s, but you can find amazing cuisine.
    • 14 Jun 2017

    What’s on Your Summer Reading List? Here are 25 Great Suggestions!

    Historical fiction, dystopia, the state of America and the world today, Abraham Lincoln, inspirational stories - you’ll find it all on this summer reading list compiled from a survey asking Road Scholars what they plan to read as the days warm...
    • 9 Jun 2017

    Five Favorite Literary Locations in England

    BY KEVIN FLUDE Do you love watching “Masterpiece Theater” and never miss a Jane Austen film or anything with Maggie Smith in it? Chances are you’re an Anglophile. If you’re also a lover of English literature, a visit to Engla...
    • 25 May 2017

    Go Inside the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows With Judge Kevin Tooher

    BY JOANN BELL & KEVIN TOOHER If you love flowers, then you may agree that Kevin Tooher has the greatest job in the world. As a judge for England’s Royal Horticultural Society, he is on the front lines as lilies, dahlias, roses and the world’s most beautiful flowers are presented for two of England’s premier flower shows. We caught up with Kevin to get his perspective on the Chelsea...
    • 18 May 2017

    Ride and Refuel: Top 8 European Food Destinations for Cyclists

    BY FRANK BEHRENDT One of the best things about traveling by bike on a European learning adventure is that, as you explore, you’re also burning calories and working up an appetite. Satisfy your craving for adventure in one of these top ...
    • 12 May 2017

    20 Turning Points in Baby Boomer History

    We surveyed Road Scholars and asked them to identify the most significant events or changes in their lifetimes.
    • 10 May 2017

    Nine Places in North America to Walk on Cobblestones

    What is it about a cobblestoned street that immediately infuses a stroll through a historic city with infinite amounts of charm? Just the mere thought of treading upon crooked cobbles is enough to send a history buff into dreamland. You can't thr...
    • 9 May 2017

    A Thank-You Note That Will Make Your Day

    Road Scholar learning experiences have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of more than 100,000 adults every year. Making a difference in people's lives is the spark that fuels our passion to go above and beyond in the work we do here ev...