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Old 04-10-2016, 10:51 AM
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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I am looking for travelers who have booked trips with the Road Scholar group. Please share your experiences and give your opinions.

We are a retired couple, fairly active, who are looking at spending some of the kids' inheritance on a 40th anniversary trip overseas. We have been to Europe twice on our own. While the trips sound great, I am a little worried about group travel.

If you have recommendations of other travel groups, please share them too.

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Old 04-11-2016, 08:42 AM
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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We've had several neighbors who enjoyed Road Scholar trips. They are geared towards lifelong learning. And they aren't cheap. I do not associate Road Scholar trips with physical activity.

I have several rich friends who rave about Tauck, especially when going to exotic or infrequently travelled locations (India, Antarctica ).

We travelled with Frendly Planet some years ago and would use them again. Bargain prices and big bang for the buck. Less organized than many group travel itineraries, leaving time for independent exploration and meals.

Group travel is a hit and miss, love it or hate it proposition. One obnoxious or difficult individual in the group can be a misery. If you're used to independent travel, the structure and time restraints can be a misery. We are always DEEPLY concerned about included meals - the venues are often not what we would ever choose (read: tourist traps and hotel restaurants).

As we age, group travel becomes more and more attractive. We often mix it - five days with a group to visit stuff outside of a city with 5 days in the city on our own, for example.
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