Educational Trips Expand the Mind for Older Traveler

Retirees have a bevy of options to explore areas most tourists don't see.

Joe and Jo Ann Paszczyk, of Chicago, love unique travel adventures. Over the past decade, the couple have taken about 25 trips with educational organizations. “We have many interests—science, astronomy, history, nature,” says Joe, a former TV producer. Adds Jo Ann, a retired human resources manager: “These are not your normal souvenir shopping trips. You’re in small groups with curious people who like to learn.” In the past three years, they have gone on trips led by Chicago’s Field Museum to Madagascar, India and Tanzania. The expert guides “were always pointing out details that you would otherwise miss,” says Jo Ann.

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