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Fact Sheet

Road Scholar is the name for the programs developed and offered by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.


Road Scholar offers 5,500 programs in all 50 states and 150 countries around the world.

Approximately 3,800 program experiences are offered in the U.S. and Canada; 1,700 are offered internationally.

Since its founding in 1975, Road Scholar has enrolled more than 5 million participants in its educational adventures worldwide. In 2013, it enrolled approximately 94,000 worldwide.

Road Scholar offers exceptional, lifelong learning programs at a remarkable value. The average cost for programs is $173/day on adventures in the U.S. and $351/day (not including airfare) on international adventures and includes accommodations, meals, lectures, activities, transportation within the program, taxes, gratuities and a travel assistance and insurance plan.

Road Scholar works with 241 institutions worldwide and utilizes world-class instructors and experts around the world to offer its programs, providing behind-the-scenes access not available to the average traveler.

The average duration of a U.S.-based program is seven days, while the average duration for an international-based program is 13 days.

Road Scholar programs are assigned an Activity Level rating from Easy to Challenging for participants to select the appropriate programs for their physical ability.

Each year, Road Scholar awards nearly $150,000 in scholarships to adults who might otherwise not be able to attend a program.

Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Road Scholar employs 225 people with offices located in Lowell and Amherst, Mass.; Vermont; California; Oregon; New Mexico; and the United Kingdom.

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