Have an idea for a new Road Scholar program?

At Road Scholar, we’re always on the lookout for new ways for our participants to learn about the world. Do you have an idea for a new Road Scholar program? We created this discussion forum just for that purpose, and we’d love to hear from you. We’ll read every suggestion posted here, though we’ll only contact you if we need more information.

  • To RS: Wasn't a discussion started on this same topic some time ago? I think Road Scholar even initiated that. Please check those suggestions.
  • In reply to zen021519:

    RS has not demonstrated any desire to actually listen to its members. RS keep throwing trips out and sees what sells. This is a feel good exercise.
  • In reply to lartz033154:

    Not sure about new programs; they take a while to setup. I have made strong recommendations for improvements on questionnaire's after a program. At least two of those programs have made those recommended improvements. So they are listening and taking action. Perhaps not as fast as most would like but they are listening.
  • I recently completed Road Scholar's first LGBTQ program, which was a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2, followed by four wonderful days in London. The program was unsurpassed. I would like to see Road Scholar come up with a second LGBTQ program, although I'm not quite sure what: perhaps a river cruise, an arts/culture immersion in a major city, a summer camp in the Adirondacks -- there are so many possibilities to create programs for this under-served community, where there are many mature, travel-loving LGBTQ folk with highly-disposable income. I hope due consideration will be given to creating at least one new LGBTQ program.
  • It would be useful to have a series of programs for people who are assessing the possibility of living overseas, and want to make a scouting mission knowledgeably. In other words, reconnaissance missions for prospective expatriates.

    I don't know how the travel areas would be best designated, but I think large areas could be broken down into regions of similar climate, as climate often is a large part of a choice (for instance as a citizen of the western US I prefer mountain climates and terrain).

    The practical questions loom largest: How best to search for rental housing, how to navigate the regulations, how to break down cost of living into the categories that matter for a given individual, how to adjust to differences through substitutions, how to live on a budget, how to evaluate the cultural/intellectual/political milieu of a place.

    This would mostly be aimed at retirees across income brackets who are not constrained by the need to find a job. For instance, I want to explore the possibilities of living inexpensively somewhere in Europe close to mountains, but have never traveled to Europe.

    Travel programs are not really designed for such a primary purpose, they are about spending a couple of weeks going abroad and then coming back home. I would like to see a travel program geared to going abroad to search for a new home.
  • In reply to steven_mcq092704:

    Are you familiar with "International Living"? What you are describing sounds comparable to this organization.
  • A fall beach adult cabin/camping surf fishing week at the coastal islands of North Carolina.

  • In March 2016 I attended a program put on by Northern Arizona University on the Hopi and Navajo reservations. During this program there was a discussion with some of the participants and the leader, Azalia Lewis, on Navajo weaving and working up a program on this subject. We touched on attending a rug auction, visiting homes where weaving is being done, maybe even seeing the sheep from which the wool comes. I still would love to attend such a program. Any interest?
  • I would like to suggest Natchitoches, Louisiana. There are historical plantations, folk art (home of Clementine Hunter), unique cuisine, outstanding festivals, and tours of location sites for "Steel Magnolias." Here is a website with details: www.natchitoches.com/.../things-to-do
  • I have worked my way through most of the kayaking programs offered by RS; it would be nice to add more programs in the West--most are offered in the East.
  • Would love to see a hobby program: Bridge on the Oregon Coast! We already have programs on the coast and Bridge is a lovely game for the demographic we cater to- Heather M, Program Assistant in Beaverton, OR.

  • I wish RS would offer Snowbird Long Stay Programs Abroad (January thru March). Some examples of appealing locations would be the east coast of Australia, Bay of Islands in New Zealand, and the Algarve in Portugal.
  • A trip to Naples and Ischia, or Naples and a few of the islands nearby. Popular now through books by Elena Ferrante (My Brilliant Friend) and also made into a series on HBO. RS should get in quickly as the area is becoming more popular. Naples itself, once considered a ragtag and crime-ridden city, now has a whole lot to offer (including art in the metro stations).
  • Bonaire
    Bon Bini
    Bonaire is a Dutch island 50 miles north of Venezuela that speaks English and uses American money.
    It is 17 miles ling with 1700 population. The average temperature is 82* F and water temperature of 80* F.
    Next to other activities as, kite surfing, windsurfing and snorkeling, Bonaire continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism. For the 26th consecutive year Bonaire was recognized as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic in Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This year, it received 7 awards. It was also voted number one for Macro Diving and Beginner Diving. We saw all kinds of sea life just walking along the shoreline.
    Bonaire has a long history of nature preservation, and always seeks to find the delicate balance between environmental protection and growth, while maintaining nature and culture. Bonaire was one of the first Caribbean islands to collaborate with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) to conserve our reefs. By commencing a program for cultivating new corals, specifically the stag horn and Elkhorn corals, Bonaire will be able to preserve the reef’s genetic diversity. In this way residents, visitors and future generations will be able to enjoy an enriched marine environment.
    But conservation and preservation is not limited to the marine environment. Bonaire continues to pursue initiatives that will reduce the CO2 effects on our planet as we work towards fulfilling our promise to remain an ‘Eco-Friendly’ destination. Bonaire will continue to lead by example and strengthen its commitment to sustainable tourism practices. Their aim is to become carbon neutral which includes getting 90% of their power from wind power. All the waters around the island are protected from any type of damage or pollution including from dropping anchors. They have buoys for boats to tie up to.

    Their main income is from tourism and salt production. The drinking water is from filtered seawater.
    The island is environmentally friendly which includes: a coral nursery and restoration project to replace the coral that is being lost, an animal and sea life sanitary that includes massive numbers of pink flamingos, yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrots, conchs, and 200 donkeys that freely roam the island and are left over from when they were used to haul carts around.

    To get around you can rent cars, motor cycles, bicycles or take a taxi.
    There are direct flights from the US on United Airlines from Newark and Houston, from Delta from Atlanta and from American from Miami.

    We spent a full week there in January and it was one of our best vacations ever.
    Check out the link to some of our pictures: photos.app.goo.gl/fP4ZrWje1eVYVpBQA
  • In reply to GerryL:

    I'm interested in paleontology and geology. One place to include in such a program is Scotland, God's gift to geology (the Great Glen, geoparks, etc.)