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Camping With All the Comforts of Home

November 27, 2018
Camping Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

My sister and I are both working on blogs now and I just finished reading her new “About Me” page. It definitely sounds like her! She is a tough cookie maybe because she grew up more around my brother than she did around me. I remember her telling me that she used to leg wrestle with him all the time, which is a crazy thing if you knew my brother because he was a football player with huge muscular legs.  I am sure he was no easy person to leg wrestle! Suffice it to say, she knows how to take care of herself and has always babied me. So what does this have to do with all the comforts of home? It’s about our different styles of vacationing. No long way around there!

Camping Supplies Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse on Unsplash

Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse on Unsplash

Hiking and Camping – My Sister’s Way

I imagine my sister’s backpack would look something like this photo. It would be sturdy, minimal with all the necessary accoutrements like food, water, matches, I don’t know! I’m guessing at this point! But it would definitely contain some type of photo taking equipment.

Camping my style Photo by Tom King on Unsplash

Photo by Tom King on Unsplash

Camping My Way

My style would be more like this photo only worse! Did I tell you I have a travel bidet that would be a must-pack for me?

That’s right or how about those 100 vitamins I take in their own little travel case Are you getting the feeling yet that you wouldn’t want to go camping with me?

Then there is the Wekapo. What brilliant person came up with this? I would sink into this thing and it would take an act of Congress to get me out.

I would have one practical thing with me that would make my sister proud. Check out this hammock! I am in love with this hammock. I would like to install it in my bedroom!

Gentile Camping Photo by Chris Holder on Unsplash

Photo by Chris Holder on Unsplash

Do You Camp?

Now, this looks enjoyable to me as long as the chairs weren’t too low! I hope you know that I am exaggerating a little. I actually love the outdoors and would be happy to be like my sister, able to leap small forests in a single bound. I have grown soft in front of my computer and I do like my creature comforts.

Camping Compromise Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash

Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash

Camping Compromise

My sister is convinced that there is a solution to our dilemma. She and her husband have been looking at motorhomes that she can stuff us all into and take us on the road. I love my sister. She’s like me in this way. She wants to explore and have adventures, but she wants her family with her along the way, even when we are pains in the patootie (as my mother used to say!)

Off for the sunset Photo by Samuel Sianipar on Unsplash

Photo by Samuel Sianipar on Unsplash

Heading Off For the Sunset

So someday if you see a line of camping vehicles crammed to the gills with people and stuff all wobbling down the road following each other to the beach, or the forest, or the desert or who knows where you might want to wave a hello. It will probably be me and my family! You might also enjoy



Traveling Light

October 16, 2018
Traveling Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash
Backpack Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

I’m not sure exactly when I became obsessed with the idea of traveling light but I think it had something to do with trying to sling a huge suitcase filled with Christmas presents and a laptop up into an Amtrak train. It was so heavy! So I decided to get with the program and find a way to travel more comfortably. The first thing I did was get rid of the suitcase. I bought a nice, rugged backpack which I use for two-day trips and added a Rollo Travel Bag for longer trips.

Traveling With Tech

Traveling Tech Photo by Grzegorz Walczak on Unsplash

Photo by Grzegorz Walczak on Unsplash

Then I had to take a close look at all the tech crap that I carry with me.

I would like to tell you that I love my Mac Book Pro for traveling but I would be lying. Oh, I liked it well enough when I first bought it, although I had only worked on a Mac a few times before so there was a learning curve for me. I bought it refurbished because I generally have good luck with such things on eBay.

My first disillusionment came on a trip that I took to Ventura. You might have read about it here: First of all, I paid more for this thing used than I did for brand new laptops of the “other” persuasion. To add to my disgruntlement on this occasion the charger disintegrated and to replace it would have cost me well over $75.00.

I hauled the damn thing home along with the new shiny Acer Chromebook I purchased (and happily used on my trip) and scoured Amazon until I found a relatively inexpensive charger. I was bound and determined to use this thing even though it weighs a lot more than my (now two) Chromebooks.

Tech Trial And Error

Traveling Tech Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

Next trip, it goes in the car, gets hauled up the stairs to my room and promptly shuts down with an error message that means my hard drive is bad. Grrr! I don’t even know why I brought the extra Chromebook with me. Maybe I’m psychic and don’t know it? I mean who needs two computers on a road trip? Anyway, the Mac went back down the stairs and into the car to be filed in my mind as a task that I will take care of much later in my life, along with the malfunctioning iPhone that also needs repair.

I think you are catching my drift here and I am sorry to you Apple product users out there who are screaming at me that your stuff is the best. I have pretty much made up my mind at this point that I am sticking with my Dell Desktop (refurbished and cost me $169.00), my LG V20 phone, my Acer Chromebook 11 and yes, I admit it, my Apple iPad Mini, which I love.

It took me a while to get it right but I can now travel light with all of the above (minus the desktop PC) in my purse.

Enter The Purse

Traveling Purse Photo by Sai De Silva on Unsplash

Photo by Sai De Silva on Unsplash

Ah, the purse. That holy grail of getting your travel stuff right. I have been a purse hoarder for years. I love to buy them, always looking for just the right size and usability for every occasion. (And no, the one in this photo is not what I am using!)

I used to go for the designer bags at Ross and Nordstrom Rack but I have now graduated to practical over frou-frou. What happened? I discovered that leather bags are heavy especially if you are looking for one to carry a lot of stuff.  So now I mostly stick to lightweight canvas or nylon ones with lots of pockets.

This one is great. It has plenty of pockets. I can fit my iPad mini, my phone and my Chromebook in it along with other assorted stuff.

However, I can’t deny that I still want to have one that looks like this photo. A magic one like a Mary Poppins bag would be a dream come true! Maybe for Christmas???

Health Travel

I Have the Jet Lag Blues

August 28, 2018
Flying in circles with jet lag ean-alabaster-535247-unsplash

Have you ever had a bad case of jet lag? Merriam-Webster defines it as “a condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (as fatigue and irritability), occurs following long flight through several time zones, and probably results from disruption of circadian rhythms in the human body — called also jet fatigue.”

Rugby Players Without Jet Lag
Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

On the other hand, The Urban Dictionary, which I have a growing fondness for says, “Jet lag is an expected scapegoat for laziness, or a sports team fucking up … andrew: ooohh.. mate im toooo tired.. my jetlag is killing me.”

View from a jet window
Photo by Eva Darron on Unsplash

Circadian Rhythms

Whichever way you look at it if you fly from say Sydney, Australia to Los Angles you are looking at some serious jet lag time. Non-stop flights will take up 15 hours plus of your time. This plays horrible games with your circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are 24-hour cycles that most organisms, including humans, follow.

monkey with the jet lag blues
Photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash

According to Jake Chen, an associate professor in the Biochemistry and Cell Biology Graduate Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), “In our life, we say, ‘Timing is everything.’ But that’s an exaggeration. It is not, however, an exaggeration to say, ‘There is an optimal time for everything.’ In our bodies, it’s the same. Within individual cells and within each tissue or organ there’s a time for every physiological process. The circadian clock is the master mechanism, or timer, to make sure that everything runs smoothly and according to plan. That is a fundamental function.”

Watch What You Eat & Drink

So what can you do to help with your jet lag? Some advocate not eating on the plane, and most recommend no caffeine or alcohol.

Coffee in Pilgrims, Milton Australia
Coffee in Pilgrims, Milton Australia Photo by Chiara Pinna on Unsplash

Try Natural Sleep Aids

Sleeping on the flight is highly recommended, but advice that is not always easy to follow.  You can try taking melatonin to help you sleep as well as bringing eye covers and earplugs. Here is an interesting article by Alex Fergus on natural aids that you can use to help with sleep deprivation.

Sleeping Koala Bear
Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

Here is another article by that has some excellent advice for dealing with jet lag.

Tips For The Nerdy Among Us

If you are really feeling nerdy there are 40 times zones in the world and you can learn all about them here plus track where the sun and moon are in the world at any given moment.

Don’t Let Jet Lag Keep You Down

Above all, don’t let jet lag stop your traveling. The world is a wonderful place full of interesting people and things of beauty. What’s a little jet lag weighed against that?

Camel, Man, Fun, Travel
Photo by Atlas Green on Unsplash
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Craft Beer: A Lifestyle Choice

August 11, 2018
Craft Beer for the people

I don’t like beer, really. Occasionally I have enjoyed an icy cold Corona with carne asada or an equally frosty Kirin with Japanese food but mostly I prefer to eat my calories.

Beer and Food
Photo by Elevate on Unsplash

So why am I writing about beer? Because I do enjoy doing the craft beer crawl, which consists of going from one brewery to the next enjoying the company of my sister and her husband and anyone else that we meet along the way.

Craft Beer Brewery
Photo by Laurent Perren on Unsplash

I like the casual atmosphere of the places we go, sampling the appetizers we order and being able to relax and people watch. No one seems to mind if I drink water or tea!

Beer Flight
Photo by Tim Bennett on Unsplash

It’s a very social activity which is not something that I have a lot of time or inclination for. I never was much of a bar hopper but whether it is because I am with my family or we mostly prowl during the day I find it strangely comfortable.

Beer & Friends
Photo by Elevate on Unsplash

According to The Brewers Association as of 2017 there were 2,252 brewpubs, 3,812 microbreweries and 202 regional breweries in the USA. 190 or so of those are in San Diego county with about 22 being within a stone’s throw of where my sister lives. Breweries across the state contributed $7.3 billion dollars to the state economy in CA in 2016.  That’s a lot of hops!

World Beer Tour
Photo by Lonely Planet on Unsplash

I think you could plan a trip around the world by plotting your course via microbreweries and you would probably come back a more relaxed and possibly plumper person!

You could start your tour in San Diego with what Thrillist calls, “The 13 San Diego beers that everyone who professes a love of beer should try at least once before they die”. Cheers!


Travel Dreams? Check Out These Options

August 8, 2018
Travel in Iceland

As I sit in front of my computer I dream of places that I’ve always wanted to travel to. Do you do that too? Where do your travel dreams take you? Iceland where you can see the Northern Lights and awesome spare landscapes?

Travel to Skye, Scotland UK
Skye Scotland, UK Photo by Robert Lukeman on Unsplash

Are Your Dreams Hot or Cold?

Maybe you want to wander the green hills and castles of Scotland and breathe in the history of it all. I think I have some ancestors floating around there!

Travel to Asos, Greece
Asos, Greece Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash

How about the color and heat of Greece? I just realized how many of my travel dreams have been sparked by books, (thanks to you Mary Stewart for The Moon-Spinners and so many other adventures!)

Do You Travel Europe or Down Under?

Travel to Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia Photo by Liam Pozz on Unsplash

Then there is Australia, a place that I’ve visited in spirit along with one of my friends/clients as she has traveled and lived there. Thanks, P!

Travel to Manchester, UK
Manchester, UK Photo by Jack Finnigan on Unsplash

Yes, it’s true. I am in love with accents and this is one place I will have to travel to hear them (except of course on some of my favorite audio books!). I am a confirmed Anglophile and proud of it!

Travel to Mont Saint-Michel, France
Mont Saint-Michel, France Photo by Okamatsu Fujikawa on Unsplash

And since I am so close, I could just hop over to France to practice my very lacking high school French (which for some strange reason always gets mixed up with my Spanish when I try to use it!) Pero, mais oui, ç’est bon!

On Foot or By Camel?

El Chaltén, Argentina Photo by Maria Fernanda Gonzalez Upsplash

One of my goals in life is to become a hiker. I’m still working up to it right now, but I will get there in the near future and what fun I will have then!

Sahara Desert Tours Morocco, Marrakech, Morocco Photo by Vaida Tamošauskaitė on Unsplash

I’m pretty sure this is not one of my dreams, but it may be yours. The bottom line is even if you are sitting in front of a computer all day now, don’t stop dreaming. You’ll get there some day!

News Travel

Fly Like a Bird With Birdly VR

August 3, 2018
Shanghai HKRI Taikoohui Photo by Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash

Jaunt China announced the launch of Fantasy Land, an immersive experiences exhibition, at the Shanghai HKRI Taikoohui, one of the most prestigious retail landmarks in Shanghai.

This exhibition features 28 titles curated from Jaunt China’s 300 plus title library, including winners and nominees from world-renowned international film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, and Venice.

In addition, four titles, An ObituaryThe CaretakerThe Wild Immersion, and Between Petrov And Vodkin, are premiering in China for the first time.

Fly Like a Bird


Birdly VR, the breathtaking VR flight simulator designed by SOMNIACS from Switzerland, is making its first public appearance in China since its prototype launch in 2013.

Birdly fulfills the fantasy of flying like a bird. The flight simulator recreates full-body flight experience instinctively with arms and hands — movements correlating to the flapping of wings or moving of a tail just as a bird might do.

The sense of flying is also enhanced through visual and audio effects, together with a synchronized ventilation system to simulate the breeze during the flight.

Fantasy Land

Fantasy Land, housed in a 280 square meter venue, is divided into two parts: VR Cinema and VR Experiences.

VR Cinema

VR Flickr

The VR Cinema, powered by Jaunt China’s proprietary VR cinema and exhibition technology, is dedicated to screening the best VR titles that have been shortlisted by most prestigious international film festivals, with a rotating weekly playlist.

VR Experience

The VR Experiences is designed to tantalize audience’s sense in four different thematic zones: “Light Stage”, “The Anywhere Door”, “Nature Extinction”, and “Space Walk”.

Fantasy Land is the first exhibition exclusively developed and hosted by Jaunt China and opens to the public today and runs through September 2.

Exhibition Info

  • Time: 3rd Aug 2018 – 2nd Sept 2018; 10:00 – 22:00
  • Venue: S107, 1F, HKRI Taikoohui, No.789 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai, PRC.
Health Life News Practicalities of Living Travel

Olympian Finds Gold in Giving Back to Seniors

February 16, 2018
No Regrets Photo by Alora Griffiths on Unsplash

World Champion and Olympic Freestyle skier Jeremy Bloom is used to skiing with some of the world’s best skiers, but his most recent skiing partner was equally inspiring. He recently met up with an 88-year-old Brookdale resident who dreamed of skiing one last time. As founder of Wish of a Lifetime, Jeremy spends much of his post-Olympic days granting wishes to deserving seniors like Eleanor “Ellie” Ross.

Ellie never thought she would ski again after breaking her hip and damaging her knees during a ski trip six years ago. Prior to her accident, the Massachusetts woman had been skiing nearly every weekend for more than 50 years. Doctors told her to put away her skis but she wasn’t going to give up just like that. She remembered seeing ski teams towing people in sleds and modified skis during her travels.

“Whatever you want to do, make a way to do it,” said Ellie. “If you don’t, you’re going to regret it the rest of your life.”

When Ellie heard about Wish of a Lifetime from her caregivers at Brookdale, her eyes lit up as she envisioned herself among the trees once again. Ellie said her only hope was to once again glide a steep slope covered with fresh fallen snow and to feel cold fresh air fill her lungs and caress her cheeks.

Through the use of adaptive skiing, Ellie and Jeremy recently hit the slopes on the same mountain where Jeremy learned to ski as a kid. Ellie’s family and friends cheered them on as she and the Olympian shared the excitement of their mutual life’s passion.

“Ellie’s wish experience shows that people can do anything as they age,” said Jeremy. “I want people to know that you don’t have to stop wishing, you don’t have to stop dreaming, and you don’t have to stop pursuing life to the fullest as you get older.”

Jeremy says seeing Ellie ski again was very special. It’s moments like this that remind him why he founded Wish of a Lifetime. The nonprofit’s mission is to shift the way society views and values the oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire people of all ages. He teamed up with Brookdale Senior Living in 2010 as a way to reach more seniors. He said the size and scale of Brookdale help him make more dreams come true for seniors.

“Working with Jeremy and Wish of a Lifetime has given our residents incredible opportunities to live life to the fullest,” said Sara Terry, senior vice president of resident and family engagement. “This partnership allows residents to fulfill those dreams they may have stored away or thought weren’t possible to achieve.”

Since the partnership’s inception in 2010, more than 900 Brookdale seniors have had their Brookdale Wishes granted. While Brookdale is the founding sponsor of the nonprofit organization, Wish of a Lifetime is open to all seniors across the country. Click here to learn more about how to submit a wish for a deserving senior.

About Wish of a Lifetime

Wish of a Lifetime™ fosters respect and appreciation for deserving seniors by fulfilling their life-enriching Wishes. Founded in 2008 by two-time Olympic skier, World Cup gold medalist, entrepreneur, and former NFL football player Jeremy Bloom in living honor of his grandmother, Wish of a Lifetime has made over 1,000 Wishes come true for seniors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The organization aims to create a positive shift in the way society views and values aging by sharing the stories of its inspiring Wish recipients with those of all generations. After experiencing a wish, 93 percent of Wish recipients stated they felt their quality of life improved and 76 percent said they felt their overall health improved. To learn more about the organization or to help fulfill a senior’s Wish visit

About Brookdale

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Brookdale operates independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers, with approximately 1,031 communities in 46 states and the ability to serve approximately 101,000 residents as of September 30, 2017. Through its ancillary services program, the Company also offers a range of outpatient therapy, home health and hospice services.

Life Travel


January 26, 2018

Alan E. Lewis, chairman of Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.), the leader in small groups on the road less traveled, today announced O.A.T’s “Top 10 Destinations for 2018” based on year-to-date bookings by O.A.T.’s travelers, who are Americans aged 55 and older. More than 15,000 (15,064) travelers have booked an adventure to one (or more) of these destinations in 2018 to-date. O.A.T. anticipates 57,012 travelers overall in 2018—up from 46,247 in 2016 and 40,266 in 2013.

“Whether 55 or 75, older American travelers are heading to far-flung locations in record numbers—and their varying choice of destinations mirrors the myriad interests of these generations,” said Lewis. “What these travelers share in common, though, is the desire to be fully immersed in local life when traveling—by engaging with students and teachers in rural schools, sharing a meal with a family in their home, or spending the day with locals in their village—so that they can gain a first-hand understanding of a destination and, ultimately, a better sense of the world we share.”


1. Botswana – 2,526

2. Morocco – 2,241

3. Iceland – 2,081

4. Machu Picchu & the Galapagos – 1,531

5. Sicily – 1,494

6. Japan – 1,435

7. Tanzania – 1,374

8. Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina – 1,337

9. Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) – 1,295

10. India – 1,244

In the past five years, 229,528 Americans 55+ have traveled with O.A.T.—all in small groups of 10-16 on land adventures or 14-25 by Small Ship. For more information about O.A.T., please visit or call 1-800-955-1925.

Established in 1978, Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) is part of Boston-based Grand Circle Corporation’s family of travel companies, which also include Grand Circle Cruise Line and Grand Circle Travel. In 1992, owners Alan and Harriet Lewis established the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation to support communities in which Grand Circle works and travels, including some 300 humanitarian, cultural, and educational endeavors worldwide—among them, 100 schools, in 50 countries. The Foundation is an entity of the Lewis Family Foundation, which has pledged or donated more than $169 million since 1981.

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Before You Buy Your Travel Insurance

January 12, 2018 today outlined five key points retirees should consider in regard to travel insurance before they hit the road in the coming year.

“While travel can be complicated at any age, retirees are faced with additional considerations, especially when it comes to medical coverage,” said Stan Sandberg, co-founder of “There are not only ways to save on your next travel insurance policy, but also things to keep in mind to ensure you are taken care of under unforeseen circumstances.”

Here are five things retirees should consider when purchasing travel insurance:

Medicare doesn’t provide coHealthcareide the United States. Health care received outside the U.S. is generally not covered under standard Medicare plans. Travel insurance can provide emergency travel medical coverage with limits that can reach $250,000 per person or more. For extreme situations where an overseas hospital can’t handle the emergency, most travel insurance plans offer Emergency Evacuation coverage with limits up to $1.0 million per person. Retirees planning to travel overseas multiple times a year should consider purchasing Medicare supplement insurance or a Medigap plan. However, since Medigap plans can have deductibles, lifetime coverage limits up to $50,000, and limits on the length of trip, most retiree travelers may find single-trip travel insurance a better option.

Purchase travel insurance early to qualify for a pre-existing condition waiver. Most travel insurance plans will exclude coverage for losses that stem from a pre-existing condition. However, many plans offer a Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion Waiver (meaning pre-existing conditions will be covered). To qualify, one must meet certain requirements, the most important being to purchase the travel insurance plan within a strict time window – usually 7-21 days – from when the initial payment was made. Also, travelers typically need to insure 100% of their pre-paid and non-refundable trip costs. For travelers with pre-existing conditions, this is one of the most important considerations in purchasing a plan, as prior injuries, illnesses, diseases or other types of medical conditions in which any treatment or care was sought in the 6-12 month period prior to the policy effective date all fall into this category. We highly recommend travelers speak to a licensed agent to see if they qualify for a Pre-Existing Condition Waiver or read full coverage details prior to buying.

If you’re traveling with a group, you can save money with Group Travel Plans. Some Group Travel Plans do not factor in traveler ages when pricing the cost of travel insurance, which can make plans more affordable to older travelers. Typically, to qualify for this coverage, the group must include at least 10 individuals all traveling on the same itinerary on similar dates. Group plans are also designed for easy administration by a group leader who can manage sign-ups and changes on behalf of each individual.

Trip Cancellation provides greater flexibility for those who need it. Unlike Medigap coverage, travel insurance can offer trip cancellation and interruption coverage. This coverage can cover the reimbursement of trip costs due to a range of unexpected circumstances, from last-minute illnesses to severe weather and natural disasters. For the most flexibility, travelers may consider purchasing a plan with a Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) upgrade, which provides reimbursement for up to 75% of the total trip costs for a cancellation for any reason, as long as the cancellation occurs more than 48 hours prior to the trip departure date. This benefit is usually only available if the policy is purchased within 7-21 days of the initial trip payment and 100% of pre-paid and non-refundable trip costs are insured.

You can buy travel insurance for your activities, too. Just because travelers are retired doesn’t mean they aren’t adventurous. For the active or adventure traveler, we recommend plans that offer Hazardous or Adventure Sports coverage, which provide coverage for higher risk activities, such as heli-skiing, off-trail snowboarding, bungee jumping, rock climbing or SCUBA diving below a certain depth. If travel entails any of those activities, travelers will need travel insurance plans that offers coverage for those specific activities.

About helps simplify the complicated world of travel insurance by providing consumers with the easiest way to compare and buy trip insurance coverage online. A member company of the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, owned and operated by DigiVentures Holdings, LLC, a licensed agency that works with some of the largest travel insurers in the industry. Purchases can be made directly through the website, with policies sent via email within minutes.

News Travel

New Adventures from Road Scholar

January 12, 2018

A new year brings promises of new adventures, resolutions and more. For 2018, Road Scholar introduces new learning adventures for Baby Boomers and beyond that delve into contemporary issues and world affairs, combine the best of Central America into an epic journey of learning and discovery, and offer opportunities to live like a local in weeks-long programs around the globe.

Exploring Espionage and Modern Politics

Go undercover in Santa Fe with intelligence experts, war historians and retired spies to learn about the world of espionage and discover the atomic secrets of the Manhattan Project.

With experts from the BBC, Al Jazeera and the University of Oxford, delve into the pressing topics of modern politics during a special conference at Oxford University.

Epic Adventures

Experience eight countries and 19 cities in Central America in 40 Days. Swim in a cenote, stand on the rim while looking into a volcano and meet locals who share ancient traditions that are still part of modern life.

In 1634, with the bubonic plague ravaging Europe, the people of the Bavarian town of Oberammergau pleaded with God, promising that they would perform a Passion Play if they were spared. Ever since the town comes together every 10 years to perform the elaborate play. Be part of this centuries-old tradition in 2020.

Living and Learning

The Tetons
Spend four weeks at Murie Ranch, the birthplace of the conservation movement, as you live like a local, learn about wildlife and conservation, and actively participate in environmental service projects.

Experience Cuenca, Ecuador, like a local as you take a private apartment, attend daily language classes and get to know the city on your own during this independent living adventure.

Live like a Palermitano for six weeks in your own apartment as you experience the best of Sicilian cuisine, culture and local life.

About Road Scholar
Road Scholar is the nation’s largest not-for-profit educational travel organization for adults — a true university of the world. It offers 5,500 programs in 150 countries and 50 states and financial aid for those who otherwise could not participate in its programs.

Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the world leader in educational travel since 1975. Learn more at