Proposed New Programs? Suggestions?

I'm a veteran of 25 plus Road Scholar Programs -- all of which I have enjoyed (some more so than others).  My recommendation is a forum for participants  to suggest possible new programs to be offered by Road Scholar.  On my last program (In the Footsteps of Lewis & Clark from Missouri to Oregon), several of us discussed possible programs that it would be great if Road Scholar would consider.  Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a mechanism to communicate this to Road Scholar -- hence, this topic in the discussion forum.  

Several of  us on my last program were kicking around ideas for new programs.  The one that most of us thought would be excellent would be one focused on Historic Route 66.  A couple of others that I would like to see offered are:

1) offerings focused on the state of Oklahoma (there is an excellent program that I did a couple of years ago focused on Essential Arkansas) -- it would be great if there were similar offerings for some of the other less well-known states - Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, etc..

2)  more offerings on the US presidents - I've completed the program in Ohio and Virginia focused on the Presidents.  It would be great if there was a program focused on the New England presidents (the two Adams, JFK in Boston, Coolidge in Vermont and Pierce in New Hampshire) or other presidents.

3) the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

4) other less known / popular national parks

Fellow scholars, what would you like to suggest to Road Scholar to consider for future offerings?  Please chime in.  Also, it would be greatt if Road Scholar developed a discussion group to offer suggestions for new programs, modifications to existing programs, etc.

Comments? Ideas?

  • I would like to make a few suggestions about international programs in general, not recommend a specific program, and this seems a better place to post these suggestions than anywhere else, especially if RS is reviewing our discussions on a regular basis.

    For international trips, it would be really helpful for us to learn some basic expressions in the local language: Hello, good morning, good evening, thank you, excuse me, etc. Perhaps our leader can teach us during the intro meeting. I always try to learn these before any trip to a country whose language I don't know. I just feel less rude being able to thank someone in his/her own language.

    I think that music is the soul of a culture and we should include introduction to folk music of a country or a region in every program.

    The leader of one of my trips contacted all participants before the trip. It was so welcoming and helpful and it allowed people to ask some specific questions. I wonder if other leaders would do the same.
  • In reply to zen021519:

    Great idea. RS can perhaps add links to Duolingo, the free online language learning tool, or any other tools it knows about.
  • In reply to zen021519:

    Excellent suggestions! It never hurts to learn a few important words & phases in the language of the country being visited. As well the music of the region(s) being visited. And best of all, being contacted by the leader of the trip
    BEFORE the trip!!! How wonderful THAT would be!
  • In reply to GerryL:

    The AA of Canada had an excellent travel book indicating geological and archeological sites in the UK.