I, myself, a self-proclaimed adventure addict, have been on many Road Scholar programs as a solo participant, including a recent culinary program in the Pacific Northwest. Learning and travel are such high priorities in my life that I often do not think about waiting until a friend or relative suggests a destination. I just go!
But for some it’s not so easy or simple. My good friend, Eileen, is recently widowed. One of her favorite activities with her late husband, Tim, was traveling the globe together. Last week, she had me over and we talked about her getting back into it. “I feel ready to travel again, but I’m nervous about going alone or with a group of people I don’t know,” she confided in me. I told her that many of our female participants start out with the same fears, but then come back from a program gushing about how rewarding and inclusive the experience was, and that their fellow participants and group leaders fostered a real sense of community and friendship within the group. Eileen found this very reassuring!