Road Scholar Community
Search discussion and blog topics
Search discussion and blog topics
Road Scholar Co…
Monthly Blog Archive
baby boomer history
boomer travel tips
Destination of the Year
food and culture
modern american history
solo female travelers
traveling with grandchildren
Recent Blog Posts
Subscribe by email
By view count
By comment count
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...
21 Apr 2017
Nature’s Biggest Events Worth a Front-Row Seat
Learn about these epic natural phenomenon that may inspire your travel adventures.
7 Apr 2017
Sell Your House and Travel: A Nomadic Grandmother Tells Her Story
Solo travel is on the rise for baby boomers and beyond, especially for solo female travelers. But women who are considering traveling on their own may need a little extra encouragement; research shows that over 20% of women are hesitant to travel solo versus only 7% of male travelers.
31 Mar 2017
Top 12 Hobbies for Retirement
In my book “Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier,” my advice to retirees was to create a portfolio of activities that blended socializing, moving, creating and thinking – building blocks that have been shown to c...
20 Mar 2017
Ring in Spring! Our Top 7 Spring Travel Destinations
Daffodils. Song birds. The promise of long summer days ahead. Spring is in the air, and you know what that means: It’s time to get out and explore. I asked our in-house experts where they love to learn in the spring both near and far. From Cent...
2 Mar 2017
10 Destinations Where Your Grandkids’ Cell Phones Won’t Work
Any 21st-century grandparent understands the perpetual struggle of trying to pry your grandkids away from their smart phones to have a conversation or do an activity with Grandma and Grandpa. We’ve got the perfect solution for you: take them on...
23 Feb 2017
It’s Oscar Time! Is Your Favorite on the Road Scholar 30 Favorite Movies List?
The 89th Academy Award presentations are just a few days away, and to get you excited for the big night we polled Road Scholars and compiled a list of their 30 favorite movies of all time. It’s a terrific list that includes 11 Best Picture win...
9 Feb 2017
11 Reasons to Love England: Confessions of an Anglophile
I admit it. I’m a head-over-heels Anglophile. I love England, I love the English and I even love English food. (Well, most English food.) I come by this bias honestly. My father was in the U.S. Foreign Service, and my family had the good fortun...
3 Feb 2017
Bye-Bye, Big Ships: Our 4 Favorite Spots to Learn Only by Small Ship
Have you ever seen a Blue-footed Booby up close or docked in a port where turquoise water meets medieval relics? If you answered, “Not yet,” consider setting sail by small ship, one of my favorite ways to learn in North America and far be...
26 Jan 2017
Yuck (or Yum?): Nine of the World’s Most Adventurous Foods
Would you eat any of the following? Fermented shark meat with a strong ammonia smell. Rotted, bacteria-filled, bodily fluid of an ungulate. A fertilized duck’s egg, boiled but crunchy from the partially developed bones and feathers. Each is a...
11 Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111