Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lifelong Learning Thursday

Nancy Merz Nordstrom, author of Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret of Making the Most of Your After 50 Years will share the benefits of Lifelong Learning on Thursdays.

The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years.

Lifelong Learning in Your Later Years…
A Health Club for Your Mind, Body, and Spirit!

Last week we started exploring the world of Educational Travel. Let’s continue our journey.

Today, people tend to think the words “travel” and “vacation” are synonymous. They think of them as a break from work, as ways to seek out leisure, and avoid anything “serious.”

But please, don’t confuse the two. There is a real difference.

Vacations are just that–vacations, and they certainly have a valuable place in our lives. But in these blogs we will be talking about travel–Educational Travel.

Yes, educational travel is certainly fun, but at the same time you are learning about the history, the culture, the politics, and absorbing the essence of the place you are visiting. You are not soaking up the sun on a beach or heading toward the 18th hole. That belongs in another part of your life.

As technology shrinks our world and brings us all closer together, the opportunity to learn about our neighbors grows. Don’t we owe it to ourselves to delve into this landscape and explore the cultures of different people?

By doing so, we learn all about their history, the rise of their civilization and perhaps its downfall. By viewing both the highs and lows, we come away with a much better view of not just them, but also ourselves. Educational travel gives us the ability to do this in ways nothing else can. It gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the exotic spectrum of life on Earth.

Educational travel leaves us with much more than a typical vacation. We gain a deeper knowledge of the world. We get to experience life; to truly live it.

It can be a life-changing experience, as I can personally attest to what it has done for me. Once we are through exploring the concept, benefits and opportunities of educational travel, I will chronicle for you in this blog, the story of how educational travel changed my life.

St. Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” I can’t imagine reading only one page of a book. Even if you don’t have the ability to travel a lot (and most people don’t), making educational travel a small part of your life gives you yet another opportunity to help turn your After-50 years into the very best years of your life.

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Till Next Time…

Nancy Merz Nordstrom is Director of the Lifelong Learning Department at Computer School for Seniors (

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