(A breathtaking view of the Canadian Mountains the Scheidt family witnessed.)

Peter and Susan Scheidt, a couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary, embarked on an unforgettable journey to Banff, Canada, accompanied by 16 family members. This adventure is not just a testament to enduring love but also a showcase of multigenerational travel and the impact of the Road Scholar program.

The Scheidts’ motivation for this special adventure was simple: family. Celebrating their love and the bonds they’ve nurtured over six decades was the driving force behind the trip.

(The Scheidt family photo with Canadian Mountains in the background)

The Scheidts’ trust in the Road Scholar program made their dream trip possible. Road Scholar had been a loyal companion on their previous adventures, including Alaska and South Africa. 

They arrived in Banff two days before their four-day trip to let the family have some free time, as they were hesitant about the rigid schedule that would ensue. Sue recalls the family splitting up but finding it difficult to find things to do. “Thank goodness the rest of the trip is planned,” she said. 

(The Scheidt family smiles for a travel dinner selfie on this vacation-of-a-lifetime.)

Their Banff itinerary included exploring the scenic beauty of Banff National Park, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and a wealth of outdoor activities. From pristine lakes to the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies, they experienced the best of nature. Not to mention, they learned a lot, taking away gems about the geography around them from a native professor.

The trip was about strengthening bonds. Eighteen family members, including 10 grandkids, shared laughter, adventures, and unforgettable moments. The beauty of multigenerational travel lies in the connections that continuously grow across generations.

(The Scheidt family hand stands together for a picturesque pose on this family vacation to Banff.)

Unexpected challenges added excitement to the adventure. The family made sure to bring spray in case they encountered any bears, and good thing they didn’t. Peter and Susan laugh as they recall a hiccup at one of the restaurants, where the family was split between tables. They didn’t let it get them down, though. Instead, they decided to make the situation into a game where each table tried their best to make the server choose them as her favorite table. The Scheidts never had a dull moment on their trip.

This adventure holds deep significance in the Scheidt family’s history, adding to the tapestry of shared memories and traditions. 

The multigenerational trip left a profound impact on family members of all ages, creating memories that will be cherished for years to come.

Peter and Susan Scheidt encourage others to use Road Scholar if they are considering multigenerational travel. They allow families to go on trips alone if they have 15-18 members. “One important thing was to learn how well the Road Scholar program can accommodate a large family like that and make it such a good program for the entire family as a program just for that family.”

The Road Scholar program’s Family and Grandparent programs were inspired by the significance of multigenerational travel. Over the years, Road Scholar has served more than six million older adults since 1975. These programs are diverse in duration and focus on educational and cultural enrichment.

Operating in numerous countries and regions, Road Scholar offers inclusive programs for participants of different age groups. Although the average age of participants is 75, they give adults from 59 to 90 the opportunity to not only make lasting memories with their family, but also learn interesting facts about the world around them.

The organization prioritizes accessibility and accommodations for individuals with disabilities. They offer an activity scale that can help those interested find their perfect trip based on their activity level. They also offer “Road Scholar at Home” for those unable to travel.

Road Scholar’s rich history reflects their commitment to offering exceptional educational travel experiences, often through collaborations with other organizations, vendors, and institutions.

In a world where travel brings us closer to loved ones, Peter and Susan Scheidt’s journey to Banff, interwoven with the Road Scholar program, serves as an inspiration for creating lasting memories. Whether it’s a special anniversary or a family gathering, their story reminds us that the most precious treasures are the memories we create with those we love.

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