Keep on Growing with Elderhostel

It could be a day spent touring the architecture of Philadelphia, two weeks teaching English to youth in Hungary, or 19 days of kayaking, hiking, biking, and exploring cities in New Zealand.

Those are just a few examples of the more than 8,000 programs—7,200 in the United States and Canada, and 1,600 abroad—Elderhostel offers. This educational travel organization provides people age 55 and older with opportunities for continued growth, stimulation, and enrichment.

To present its programs, Elderhostel collaborates with colleges, universities, museums, performing arts centers, scientific research institutes, national and state parks, and others.

A common misperception is that Elderhostel entails staying in spare dormitory-type accommodations and eating cafeteria-quality food. But people like Walter Chaskel, a retired teacher from Huntington, N.Y., who has participated in 12 U.S. and five international programs in the past 17 years, says that couldn't be further from the truth.

"We've stayed in wonderful places," he reports, "and had marvelous meals."

Average prices range from $100 per day for domestic programs, to $190 per day for international programs. That includes lodging, all meals, field trips, and lectures by specialists, but excludes the cost of transportation to the program location.

Among some of the more popular Elderhostel adventures are the intergenerational programs, in which a senior and grandchild or other young person share a learning adventure. It might be exploring coral reefs and Mayan temples in Honduras, or learning about California history and celebrating New Year's Eve in San Francisco.

Whatever the content of an Elderhostel program, the idea is to provide learning, hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes experiences … and a lot of fun.

If you're considering a travel vacation, the representatives at HUECU can help. Call us at 617-495-4460 for all your travel loan needs.