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Use your head on summer vacation

Tourists eat in front of the Pantheon in Rome: It was built during the reign of August (27 BC to AD 14), rebuilt a century later by emperor Hadrian, and updated during the Renaissance.
Tourists eat in front of the Pantheon in Rome: It was built during the reign of August (27 BC to AD 14), rebuilt a century later by emperor Hadrian, and updated during the Renaissance. AP

So the plan is to prevent brain rust or intellect meltdown this summer.

Well, one easy option is to check out the offerings at Road Scholar – a not-for-profit organization whose travel programs offer educational and/or fitness-oriented trips for adults and families. Road Scholar has been around since 1975 and has package adventures as close as Bryson City (whitewater), Mars Hill (intergenerational; history and culture) and even Charlotte (”Signature City Charlotte: The Queen City,” designed to point up history and culture).

If you have the money and time, there are programs that involve 14 days of exploring the natural history of East Africa (”The Best of Kenya and Tanzania: A Classic Safari”).

But if you’re looking destination advice, be aware that cheapflights.com has put together a list compiled by their staff of the top 10 places to keep you learning over the summer:

Their top suggestions for seeking beauty, history and culture:

Rome (history, culture)

Egypt (history)

Mexico (history)

Costa Rica (ecology)

Yellowstone National Park (wildlife, conservationism).

Completing the top 10:

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (zoology, botany)

Iceland (culture)

Cape Canaveral, Fla. (rocketry)

Paris (just about everything)

Memphis, Tenn. (Elvis-ology)

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