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Traveling with grandkids can bring with it fun, adventure and challenges, too. We’re here to guide you through the rousing exploit that is travel with grandkids, with advice on how to inspire a sense of adventure in your grandchild, tips for traveling with grandkids and much more!
We’re the leaders in grandparent travel and we’re happy to say it. With more than 30 years of experience, our Grandparent adventures span the globe and are sure to pique your interest with trips ranging from STEM to sports and everything in between. Our educational tours are jam-packed with activities that we know both you and your grandkid will love. We guarantee you’ll come away having learned something new and with a lifetime of memories.
It’s easy to get caught up in the routines of daily life and realize, suddenly, that time has flown by and your grandkids are grown. Just think about how quickly your children grew up. Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday you were reading them bedtime stories? Your grandkids are only young once, so don’t wait to plan a travel and learning experience they’ll remember even when they’re all grown up. YOLO, right? (Ask your grandkids for a translation.)
Spending a week on an educational adventure with your grandchild will almost certainly bring you closer. Who doesn’t want to bond more with their grandkids, especially in those formative years when their eyes are glued to their cell phones? Put the cell phones aside and focus on learning, adventure and bonding time with your grandkids. Leave their parents at home while you experience special one-on-one time on Road Scholar’s Intergenerational programs, or choose a Family program for fun for all three generations!
One of the best parts of traveling and learning with your grandchild is seeing the wonder in their eyes as they learn or experience something new. There’s nothing like it. Having grandkids along helps you see the world through a different lens and, often, pushes you out of your comfort zone. You’re more likely to learn things you wouldn’t with other adults and maybe even try some different activities you never thought you’d try, like zip lining in Costa Rica, surfing in Hawaii or digging with paleontologists in Wyoming.
One of the greatest takeaways from a Road Scholar program is the camaraderie you find with other participants. Our educational programs attract people who love learning and travel, and out of those shared passions arises a bond that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, with other kiddos along, your grandkids will have an opportunity to make new friends, too! We offer different categories of learning adventures for different-aged grandkids, from 5 to 18, so they’ll have other kids their age to have fun and learn with!
Travel planning can be stressful, especially when you’re planning a trip for your grandkids. But when you enroll in a Road Scholar program, we do the planning for you. Our expert trip designers put together adventures both you and your grandkids will love, with just the right combination of learning and fun! With all of this extra time and energy, you can focus on making lifelong memories with your grandkids!
“The Grandparent experience was wonderful! I could see my grandson begin to see the world as much larger than he previously knew and I saw him grow in his appreciation for the joy of travel.”
— Sue, Road Scholar Class of 2015, from Delaware, Ohio —
Each and every one of our faculty experts has been carefully selected for the Road Scholar Grandparent learning adventures they lead. A glance at their bios, and you will understand why.
A former interpretive park ranger at Phantom Ranch, located in Grand Canyon National Park, Jennifer has worked as a naturalist and national park ranger throughout the United States.
She was co-coordinator of a Road Scholar Service program that built a health clinic in Brazil, and has worked on many Intergenerational programs. She has lectured in the Department of Geography and Public Planning at Northern Arizona University and has led programs for Road Scholar since 1992.
As a child, Bill Wahl collected dinosaur toys — today, he works as a laboratory manager at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, where he is in charge of preparing a selection of material collected locally from various geologic formations.
Using these raw materials, as well as his master’s degree in geology, Bill teaches outreach programs at universities and science museums. He has developed four separate thesis projects on the materials he has collected, prepared and researched, and enjoys sharing his findings with learners of all ages.
A local of northern Zimbabwe, Keith Chisnall relishes in showing the bush culture to travelers from around the world.
As a child, Keith learned the medicinal value of bush plants, how to track animals, tribal customs and the indigenous flora and fauna, and his knowledge has only grown since then. He’s worked as an engineer, salesman and detective, but his most meaningful work has been in leading educational adventures. After over 20 years of experience leading groups in “Big Five” territory, you can rely on Keith to explain every aspect and every detail of the wilderness!
Janet Lever-Wood has been making pots and exploring forms in clay for more than 50 years.
With a good foundation of undergraduate and graduate degrees in ceramics and other art media, she has had a clay studio in Colorado and California. Her travels and research in prehistoric art have taken her all over the world, ultimately landing her in Montezuma County and re-opening the door to Native American pottery traditions. With respect and admiration, she continues to coil and shape vessels with stories.
Barbara Stagg was executive director of a major historic site/museum for 30 years and is a museum consultant and photographer.
She has spent the last 25 years exploring and studying Four Corners human history through archaeology. Stagg has recently worked as an educator at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, where she is now a lab volunteer and is active in site stewardship, archaeological surveying and field trip leadership. She lives in Cortez, Colorado.
Daniel Egan has degrees in music theory from St. Olaf, the Eastman School of Music and Yale, where he is on faculty.
He has appeared as soloist or ensemble singer with the New York Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and was in the permanent ensemble at New York City Opera. His recordings include “Sweeney Todd” with the New York Philharmonic and backup vocals for Patti Page’s "Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert.” Both earned Grammy nominations.