Bill Elfenbein recently named Road Scholar ambassador

Program educates seniors about world travel


A movie festival in Santa Barbara, California. A bike trip in Florida’s Everglades.

Bill Elfenbein would love to tell you about his travels with Road Scholar. And recruit people, age 50 and up, to join the organization and see the world.

Formerly called Elderhostel, the Road Scholar program is a not-for-profit organization that conducts educational learning adventures for people 50 and up.

“It’s for active people that want to be educated,” said Elfenbein, 83, a Denver resident who has traveled with the organization for years.

The program offers more than 5,500 programs in 48 states and 150 countries each year. Road Scholar lines up instructors and specialists for its destinations to teach travelers about life in those areas.

Road Scholar recently named him an ambassador: “someone like myself that has taken trips with them, likes to go out in the community and let (others) know it’s available,” he said.

You may recognize Elfenbein’s name from his work in mass transit.

He was on the Regional Transportation District board from 1991 to 2009, including two stints as board chair. Now back serving on the board, he also remains active with Transportation Solutions, a transportation management association.

In his work life, Elfenbein was part of United Distributing Co., a wholesale distributing business for convenience store products, until 1994.

As a Road Scholar ambassador, Elfenbein is available to give a 20-to-30-minute presentation about Road Scholar’s trips, in the hope of getting more people to travel with the organization once they’re ready to travel.

But as much as Elfenbein hopes he’ll inspire people to travel, he sounds a caution: “With the coronavirus now, no one should be traveling. When it’s over, then look at traveling.”


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