Recent Blog Posts
    • 1 Mar 2018

    Boomers’ 20 Favorite Books From Childhood (That Every Grandkid Should Read)

    We asked Road Scholars to tell us their favorite books from childhood—here is our Top 20, each with a quote from a survey respondent saying why the book is important to them.
    • 13 Feb 2018

    6 Historic Presidential Retreats You Can Visit

    Presidents need vacations, too! Find out where in North America you can visit the original summer and winter getaways for some of presidents of the United States. Learn about their lives and legacies in the places where they found relaxation and inspiration.
    • 9 Feb 2018

    A Road Scholar Romance: Island Magic for Nancy and Al

    When Nancy Binder and Al Berens ventured off to Hawaii for a Road Scholar program in 2001, they didn’t expect to fall in love. But they shared passions for learning, travel and whales. Read their love story.
    • 8 Feb 2018

    10 Wacky Mardi Gras Traditions, Explained

    Learn the history and legend behind some of the New Orleans Mardi Gras traditions unique to this festive holiday, from the peculiar King Cake babies and parades to Zulu coconuts and the King of the Carnival!
    • 2 Feb 2018

    9 Exciting Ways to Start Your Morning

    As the alarm rings its intrusive greeting, you open one eye and look at the clock — the numbers confirm that it’s time to start the day. There are many things to be said for the comfort of a daily routine, but what if you could start off your morning in a very non-typical way?
    • 24 Jan 2018

    If You Think of Travel as an Investment, Don’t Miss This Important Piece of Advice

    I have worked at Road Scholar for 20 years, and I want to share with you the most important piece of advice I have learned from speaking with thousands of participants — and even being a participant myself.
    • 17 Jan 2018

    5 Must-Have Experiences in Central America

    Central America: It’s located in North America, shares its language with South America, and is truly a region like no other. Natural wonders like rainforests, cloud forests and coral reef systems create an impressive backdrop for ancient Mayan ruins, quiet villages and modern cities. With all its complexity, Central America is one of our favorite places to explore.
    • 10 Jan 2018

    Road Scholars Serve and Lead

    Martin Luther King’s birthday, observed today, is the only federal holiday set aside as a national day of service. We’re marking the day by celebrating ten Road Scholars who, by taking leadership roles in their communities, have gone &ld...
    • 5 Jan 2018

    Lending a Hand at the Lesedi School

    The Large Impact a Small School Has On the Community Just under 9 miles outside of bustling town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, lies a dusty, rural village that could not be more different from its city neighbor. With residents subsisting by cattle ra...
    • 22 Dec 2017

    Top 5 Road Scholar Blogs of 2017

    Join us now as we journey back through 2017 for a review of our most popular blogs of 2017, and come back next year for more educational and inspiring blogs to keep you aging adventurously in 2018.
    • 12 Dec 2017

    Welcome to New Orleans! Road Scholar’s Destination of the Year in 2018

    Combine all of life’s best ingredients (food, music, art and pure joy), put them on a slow simmer and you have New Orleans — our Destination of the Year for 2018.
    • 11 Dec 2017

    Road Scholars Reveal Their Top 10 Destinations for 2018

    Do you have an educational travel Bucket List? Road Scholars certainly do, and we recently polled them to compile their Top 10 destination wish list for 2018. It’s a rich and varied set of destinations that span the globe, and we hope it sparks some new dreams and plans for you.
    • 20 Nov 2017

    The Top 5 Châteaux to Visit in France

    BY SAMANTHA SCOTT, STRIDE TRAVEL Traveling through Europe means one thing to a lot of people: Castles. Castles and country homes are the biggest draws in Europe (especially for American travelers), for a multitude of reasons. They are mysterious an...
    • 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.