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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...
13 Jan 2017
Announcing Road Scholar’s Destination of the Year
There are thousands of places in the world to learn about with Road Scholar. Yet if we had to pick just one place that is the most compelling place to experience this year, what would it be? Our choice for 2017: England. It’s a place that&rsquo...
4 Jan 2017
Join our challenge to #AgeAdventurously in 2017!
Every single day at Road Scholar we hear about people defying stereotypes. An 80-year-old woman hiking the Appalachian Trail. A 60-year-old man learning to play the lap dulcimer in the Adirondacks. A widow traveling on her own for the first time in h...
28 Dec 2016
What the Heck is a Hashtag? Social Media Tips for Baby Boomers & Beyond
Social media has made its mark on the world in more ways than one. And one of those marks is the hashtag! Have you ever found yourself browsing your Facebook feed and wondering, “what is a hashtag, anyway?” What’s all the hype? How ...
6 Dec 2016
10 Life-Changing Gifts for Your Grandkids
Hot Wheels, Barbies, baseball bats: Your grandchildren probably have plenty already. Why not think out of the box for their birthday or the holidays this year and give them the kind of gift that will keep on giving? A gift that can have a long-lastin...
30 Nov 2016
Now, more than ever... the world needs you and Road Scholar
Making connections. Bridging cultures. Sharing ideas. Understanding differences. Developing friendships. Now, more than ever, the world needs you and Road Scholar. Why now? Because you and I can make a difference in the world. Together, we ...
29 Nov 2016
JoAnn’s Boomer Travel Tips: The New Era of the Solo Female Traveler
As a woman, the idea of visiting foreign lands or even domestic destinations on our own can be an intimidating one. But journeying solo doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be alone. Many solo female travelers choose to go with Road Scholar bec...
22 Nov 2016
Enjoy the Feature Article from the First-Ever Issue of our Alumni Magazine
Think back to your school days. Do you remember the instructor who inspired you or the “Aha!” moments when a change in perspective opened your mind to new possibilities? Maybe you remember the friendships most — that special bond fo...
18 Nov 2016
What Matters to You? Please Support Road Scholar This #GivingTuesday
I’ve dedicated my life to Road Scholar’s not-for-profit mission, which has changed society’s concepts of aging and older adult’s perspectives on learning throughout life. When Road Scholar was founded back in 1975, the i...
10 Nov 2016
Top 10 Destinations for that Study-Abroad Year You Never Had … or Would Love to Do Again
Have you ever imagined packing a bag and a few favorite books and heading to another country for a year? Where would you go? Would you try (finally!) to gain fluency in another language, or would you prefer an English-speaking country? Would you...
4 Nov 2016
Europe’s Top 10 Second Cities
Finding “the real Europe” beyond London and Paris. You’ve been to Lisbon, Brussels and Berlin, kissed beneath the Eiffel Tower and posed for a picture in front of Big Ben. These world-class cities are among the greatest in size and ...
21 Oct 2016
Top 10 National Parks You’ve Never Heard of
Here at Road Scholar, we love our national parks — and our participants do, too! Our learning adventures to national parks have always been among our most popular. We all know why travelers flock to the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon, Yell...
14 Oct 2016
Five Steps to a Truly Life-Changing Visit to Cuba
With the recent easing of travel restrictions to Cuba, Americans are now busily writing their Cuba vacation checklists. They likely look something like this: Drink a mojito in a Havana bar, smoke a really good cigar, try to dance the salsa, wear a ne...
23 Sep 2016
Road Scholars Rank Their 50 Favorite Books. How Many Have You Read? What Would You Add to the List?
When I was researching my book Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier I learned a lot about Road Scholars’ reading habits and book club involvement, but there was another question I was dying to ask. In a recent survey I polled 500 ...
11 Mar 2016
The Unusual Story Behind Our New Archaeological Dig in Israel
Though separated by 4,000 years and more than 6,000 miles, Road Scholar’s headquarters building in Boston and an archaeological dig in Tel Dor, Israel are bonded by a bit of serendipity. It all started when a professor from Hebrew University of...
1 Oct 2015
Road Scholar’s First Employee on His Love for Intergenerational Adventures
I’m Mike Zoob and I’ve been employed by Road Scholar for some 38 years of my 54-year working life. I am a bit less “employed” than I used to be as I am semi-retired and serve as Senior Advisor to Road Scholar President Jim Mos...
12 Jan 2015
Have You Ever Thought About Becoming an Expat?
Road Scholars are fascinating people with a passion for life. We hear stories all the time about the incredible things our participants do — both in and out of retirement. James, a member of my team here in Boston, was recently telling me about...
23 Oct 2014
Road Scholar’s First Employee Discusses WWI Conference at Oxford
In this week’s installment of the Lifelong Learning Blog, JoAnn Bell interviews Mike Zoob (Road Scholar’s first-ever employee). Mike just returned from An Oxford WWI Conference: Remembering The Great War . There are still dates available f...
3 Jun 2014
JoAnn’s Quiz: Answer These Questions to Create Your Ideal Learning Adventure
Tell me about your ideal educational travel experience. Which learning opportunity is currently sparking your interest? Do you want to learn about iconic American cities ? Or the natural wonders of America’s National Parks ? Do you want the ...
13 Sep 2013
Ushering in a New Age of Grandparent Travel
“I made a promise to show them the world.” That was the vow that Pat Zelkowitz made to her granddaughters. She had developed a special bond with her two granddaughters throughout the years and wanted to share the wonders of travel with th...
30 Apr 2013
JoAnn Bell’s Boomer Travel Tips: A Moveable Feast in Paris
Bonjour, fellow Boomers! Are you ready to make some history? My name is JoAnn Bell and welcome to my first blog post — ever! I am the Vice President of Programs at Road Scholar. What does that mean? It means I have three decades of experience, ...
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