James Moses, president and CEO of Road Scholar, talks about trends in educational travel, including solo female, family and off-the-beaten-path travel.
In 1975, with the founding of Road Scholar, the Lifelong Learning Movement in America began a new period of growth. The world’s first not-for-profit educational travel organization continues to evolve and develop exciting experiential learning adventures on a wide variety of subjects in 150 countries and 50 states.
Since its founding 40 years ago, society has undergone a significant change in its understanding of aging and of the importance of learning at every stage of life. Lifelong learning has enhanced the lives of millions of older adults and changed perceptions of an entire stage of life. What has also changed are the expectations of today’s educated travelers – who are interested in learning about and immersing themselves in the places they visit.
We’ve conducted extensive research to learn more about what adult lifelong learners want from an educational travel experience. We’ve observed a few emerging trends, including solo female travel, intergenerational and family travel, and travel off-the-beaten path.
BY JAMES MOSES