I was the first person in my family to attend college. Like many boomer women, I did not follow a traditional path. I chose to not marry right out of high school and, instead, decided to travel and pursue a university degree.

My passion for learning and curiosity for life dominated my personality back then. Travel became my vehicle for exploring new cultures and meeting new people. My passion for learning led to a degree in Comparative Religion.

For six years, I worked full-time and attended classes at the University of Colorado. It was an astounding time, one in which I learned so much about myself, my relationships and my world.

 
 

Every book I opened and every trip I embarked on took me one step closer to being the person that I am today. Now, in my 60s, I am still constantly on the hunt for new opportunities to learn and travel, preferably together.

So, today, I want to tell you about a truly unique program that I just learned about. It’s called the Road Scholar World Academy. But, first, let me give you a little background on why I think this topic is so important to women our age.

Look to Your Past if You Want to See Your Future

Education, whether formal or informal, has played an important role in our lives. Now, many women in their 60s feel like they are back in the 1960s.

Our eyes are wide open and we are excited, engaged and always looking for new opportunities to explore. I certainly feel this way. Like many older women, my life is shifting. My children are forging ahead with their own lives and I am divorced and living solo. I also love to travel.

Even though Sixty and Me takes a lot of my time, I have left the corporate hamster wheel. This has given me a freedom to pursue my passions in many areas.

As far as learning goes, I feel like I did all those years ago in Boulder, Colorado; I am ready to get out into the world and explore. Do you feel the same? Are you, once again, ready to embrace your sense of wonder and explore the world?

Go Back to School in Your 60s

When it comes to learning after 60, I see many women taking one of two paths. Some women are going back to university. Others are throwing caution to the wind and learning about the world through travel. Both are completely valid approaches. But, what if there was a third path? What if someone offered a program that combined the best in formal and informal learning? This is exactly where Road Scholar excels!

Road Scholar is a not-for-profit leader in educational travel. They offer 5,500 programs in all 50 states and 150 countries. They call them “Learning Adventures” – and they are!

All of Road Scholar’s learning adventures are amazing, but, I want to tell you about one particularly special adventure that caught my eye – Road Scholar’s World Academy.

See the World by Sea

For most of my life, cruising wasn’t my thing. The very word “cruising” conjured up all the aging stereotypes. I pictured people sitting on their decks, reading the newspaper and drinking tea. Simply put, Road Scholar’s World Academy is a completely different experience.

When you join the World Academy, you circumnavigate the globe on an amazing 114-night voyage. Along the way, you visit 25 countries on five continents. You visit countries like England, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Greece, Egypt, Oman, United Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Jordan, Italy and Corsica. It sounds absolutely amazing!

As you might expect, it’s not cheap. In fact, it’s the kind of experience that most of us would have to save for over the course of many years. In a way, that’s part of the appeal of taking a trip like this. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is a trip to be remembered forever.

Experience Learning on the Open Sea

If the World Academy was just a cruise, it would be amazing. But, it is much more than that! It truly is a learning adventure!

The MS Amsterdam is a state of the art ship and offers the perfect environment for learning. In addition, Road Scholar has hand-picked amazing experts who share their insights and encourage debate, discovery and genuine learning.

Are you ready to give yourself the ultimate gift of discovery and an incredible learning adventure of a lifetime? If so, I highly encourage you to check out the World Academy.

Would you like to spend 115 days at sea, traveling the world and learning all the way? What countries are next on your list to visit? Have you ever taken a learning adventure with Road Scholar? What was your experience? Please join the conversation.

This sponsored post was written with love by Margaret Manning.

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