Take a Trip With a Curator or Professor

Tours sponsored by museums and universities give travelers access to places not usually available to the typical tourist.

When Dale Mezzacappa turned 60, she celebrated with a two-week trip to India, a place she had always wanted to visit. She traveled with a program sponsored by her alma mater, Vassar College. Leading the group of nearly two dozen alumni and companions two years ago were a retired Vassar political science professor, who is an expert on India, and his wife, who was born in Bengali and taught anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

The group traveled on trains, air-conditioned buses and by plane. At each stop, they met a local guide who arranged private access to many sites, including the Taj Mahal in Agra.

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Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Retirement Report