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February 13, 2008 > Adventure with Elderhostel

Adventure with Elderhostel

By Bosky Panjvani

Would you like to travel the world? Imagine an educational hostel for adults age 55 and up. It sounds innovative and interesting, right? Members of this non-profit organization are globetrotters who would like to learn something new and indulge in a cultural experience.

Elderhostel has facilitated the travel of 160,000 adults in more than 80 countries. These are not just passive scenic trips, where you observe for a moment or so, and move on. Elderhostel facilitates educational tours that allow senior citizens to paint in Nantucket, bike in the Grand Canyon among a wide variety of experiences. The best part is that anyone can be a member by registering to the program. Members also benefit by meeting people from all walks of life, and can share a room with them while attending the program.

America's first and the world's largest travel organization, as claimed by their website, allows the flexibility to be a part of their tours with family and friends. You can choose to be with your grandkids as you travel in Mexico, or enjoy a walk down the streets of France with your partner. If you are a single, no worries, you will have the opportunity to make friends with similar tastes and interests, while on the tour.

All tour details from flight to food and accommodations are handled by Elderhostel which strives to provide the best at an affordable cost...and there are no hidden costs. It has something for all types of travelers, from adventure lovers to solitary travelers and intergenerational programs. Members who go globetrotting explore foreign cultures with a team and an expert team leader. They also prepare first account reports based on their travel experiences.

To learn more about Elderhostel, visit or go to the Newark Library on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. Additional presentations at Alameda County libraries are scheduled as listed below. Elderhostel ambassadors will talk about their travel experiences. The event is free, registration is not required, and there will be refreshments for guests. For more information about the Elderhostel visit to the Newark Library call Kathy Steel-Sabo at (510) 795-2627, ext. 11. A complete schedule can be found below and at

Elderhostel Information Meetings

Tuesday, Feb 19
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Newark Library
6300 Civic Terrace Ave.
(510) 795-2627, ext. 11

Thursday, Feb 21
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Castro Valley Library
20055 Redwood Rd.
(510) 670-6280

Wednesday, March 12
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Union City Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd.
(510) 745-1464

Wednesday, March 19
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Fremont Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd.
(510) 745-1401

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