As most of our boomer readers know (if you’ve been reading My Itchy Travel Feet this summer), Road Scholar has invited Alan and me to go on an educational hiking tour in Glacier National Park in early September. During the trip, we’ll be posting daily photos of our experience as well as publishing in-depth articles upon our return home. What is Road Scholar? It’s a non-profit organization that promotes learning and discovery through travel. Are you curious about the process of choosing and booking a program? Today, I’m sharing my Road Scholar registration experience with you.
Of course the first step for any boomer traveler is choosing where you would like to go. Have you seen the Road Scholar site? You’ll be inundated with choices for educational travel around the world. I especially like that the website offers trip searches based upon location, map, interest, activity level, date or category. After choosing your program, simply enroll and then checkout with the shopping cart option.
Do you prefer making travel arrangements via telephone? This is where Road Scholar shines. I spent an informative twenty minutes with Claire, a Road Scholar representative, who explained the details of the Glacier National Park program that I had chosen. Claire walked me through the process as if I had been a paying customer. We discussed accommodations, the level of activity, transportation arrangements and possible trip extensions. I especially like that the price for the program includes a Travel Assistance Plan in case of emergencies, including emergency evacuation insurance. Although the plan does not pay for medical costs, it does provide transportation in the case of an accident during the trip. An optional policy (Road Scholar Trip Cancellation, Interruption & Travel Delay Insurance) that includes pre-existing conditions is available at a very reasonable price. If you have health issues, or have elderly parents with health issues, this is important coverage that you’ll want to consider.
Since registering for the trip, I’ve received comprehensive details specifically for our hiking program in Glacier National Park. Stay tuned because I’ll be telling you more in another post. And, I’ve also been familiarizing myself with the Road Scholar website, including the Social Dashboard with links to a Facebook page, Twitter, photos and videos, expert blogs plus ratings and reviews from past Road Scholar travelers. There’s even a forum where trip participants can introduce themselves or arrange meetups before their trip occurs.
What else are Alan and I doing to prepare for our Road Scholar hiking program in Glacier National Park? Getting into hiking shape:
Have you subscribed to the My Itchy Travel Feet newsletter? Road Scholar is offering an exclusive special to our subscribers, for first timers (must be your first time booking a Road Scholar trip). Look for it August 15, 2012. Subscriber here.
And, don’t miss our Hiking in Glacier National Park Pinterest board.