Road Scholar is the creation of Elderhostel, Inc, arguably the world's foremost authority on lifelong learning, with a history that dates back to 1975. Don't picture gray-haired seniors taking a bus trip across Europe however. Instead, imagine travelers of varying ages who are both mentally and physically active spending some time together on the road.
Backpacking in the Grand Canyon, snorkeling in the Pacific, hiking through Chilkoot Pass, and biking in Vietnam and Cambodia, are just a sample of the adventure travel opportunities that are offered through this not-for-profit group. Itineraries include a broad mix of activities and countries, and some are geared for intergenerational groups as well.
Whether on a trip that requires the traveler to be in good shape or a vacation that pursues mental candy, the focus is on learning about what you are seeing and doing. Each trip description has an activity level rating that ranges from 1 to 7, with the highest requiring travelers be in excellent physical condition to handle the particular challenges of the itinerary. Most of the trips are also all-inclusive, other than the occasional meal or snacks here and there.
Road Scholar instructors and guides are all authorities on their particular topics, based upon their own lifelong interests in learning as much as they can about their favorite subject. They really enjoy passing along that knowledge to travelers on these unique excursions as well. Because Elderhostel has been around for more than 40 years, the company has long-term connections with educators and local guides from across the globe.
The Boss' Pitch: Why Travel With Road Scholar
The president and CEO, James Moses, says "Road Scholar learning adventures inspire adults to discover the world and explore diverse ideas along the way. Our not-for-profit mission is to create educational experiences for adults, offered at a remarkable value.
"Road Scholar engages renowned experts, professors, and instructors to share their knowledge and provide insider access to behind-the-scenes experiences. Since 1975, Road Scholar has served more than five million participants. Every year we offer a vast range of more than 7,000 learning adventures in every state and 150 countries, including active outdoor adventures, volunteering and grandparent/grandchild learning programs. Each year more than 100,000 extraordinary people become a part of our warm and welcoming educational community enjoying high-quality and transformational Road Scholar learning adventures."
Popular Adventure Travel Outings with Road Scholar
Road Scholer offers far too many itineraries to list them all here, but this is a sampling of some of the more popular options:
- The Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure includes a hike on cloud forest trails in Poas Volcano National Park, kayaking on the waterways of Tortuguero, paddling outrigger canoes along the Pacific coastline, and spa treatments to soothe sore muscles.
- On Foot and On River takes travelers to the Mekong and includes floating past rural villages and interacting with locals in both Vietnam and Cambodia, plus a visit to the legendary Angkor Wat Temple Complex—a place that should be on everyone's bucket list.
- On the Tropical USA: Hike, Kayak, and Snorkel Puerto Rico trip travelers trek through rainforests, take a nighttime boat trip to the local bioluminescent bay, go snorkeling in clear waters, and much more. The trip is a chance to see Puerto Rico from a different perspective from the usual tourist routes, immersing visitors in the history and culture of the island.
- Four Jewels: Sequoia, Yosemite, and Death Valley National Parks are just one of several trips Road Scholar offers to national parks in the U.S. Some involve hiking and biking, others are geared for inter-generational travel, allowing families to experience these amazing places together.
- Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts in the Sacred Valley in Peru. Trekkers walk on a stretch of the ancient Incan road system, passing through lush cloud forests and alpine tundra while exploring isolated Incan ruins over the course of several days before arriving at the Sun Gate for a visit to the iconic mountaintop fortress of Machu Picchu.
- On the Stairs of Gold: Hiking the Chilkoot Pass trip vacationers follow the Chilkoot Trail, which was once a major route during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890's. After hiking over the Golden Stairs and into British Columbia, travelers return riding a train on the narrow gauge track that passes through some spectacular scenery.
To Learn More About Road Scholar
To learn more about Road Scholar visit RoadScholar.org or call 800-454-5768.
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