9 Traveling Tips for Seniors
In today’s high paced world, traveling is essential. Nowadays, the elderly are either traveling back home or visiting their children and their grandchildren. Nevertheless, retired citizens can and should explore the world.For this reason, there are a few important steps to take.
- Pick the right time
If you’re a retired citizen and would like to travel or if you’re an elderly who hasn’t lost their sense of adventure, pick the right time to travel and explore. Avoid the summer season and any other traveling season in order to avoid crowds and heaps of people. Not only will you be less exhausted, but you will enjoy your trip more.
- Don’t overdo it with the packing
Packing lightly is essential for seniors Lighten up the load by taking fewer items and cram it all in a roll-aboard bag or luggage.If you need extra luggage, get a smaller bag that can stand on top of your roll on.
Remember to pack an extra pair of sunglasses and for any needed medication, pack them all in zip-lock freezer bag. Lastly, having a small notebook where you can write down the details of your hotel and hotel room or metro stop can come in handy.
- Organized tours, packages, and cruises
With organized tours, you’ll get to your travel destination and get the full memorable experience because they’re often fully staffed to deliver an interesting program suited to your interests. Some tour operators and travel websites specialize in catering to those with special needs, disabilities and the elderly.
- Travel with a loved one
It is also important to remember the travel is for everyone, not because you’re getting old then you should put a halt on your travels. Instead, consider your destination and your travel options, determine whether you want organized tours, packages or cruises and figure out if you can travel solo. If not, share your adventure with a loved one that will be able to cater to your needs
- Stay in constant contact
Stay connected with a family member or a friend throughout your trip and make sure to provide a copy of your itinerary and hotel information. You also must make sure to check your cell phone coverage before you travel because not all cell phones work overseas.
- Determine your finances and credit cards
First, figure out whether you need to exchange your currency before your trip and you must understand the currency rates at your travel destination. Secondly, contact your credit card company before the trip so they don’t freeze your accounts and find out whether or not credit cards are accepted in the country you’re heading to.
- Be prepared in case of emergency
Before your trip, make sure to leave the emergency contact information and a copy of your passport biographic data with someone your trust. Also, remember to carry on your the emergency contact information for your family back home and the emergency contact information in your passport as well as the contact information of the closest embassy or consulate.
Make sure to check out the cancellation policies of your program and purchase travel, medical and luggage insurance.
- Intergenerational travel is preferred
When you’re planning a trip with the elderly, make sure to plan activities according to their needs. Plan an activity prior to lunch because seniors tend to take a nap between lunch and dinner. This also happens with families with younger children, making intergenerational travel possible and one of the best options for family trips.
- Avoid early morning flights or late night flights
Early morning flights and late night flights are tiring for seniors and therefore, the best time to board a plane is early in the afternoon. Also, it is best to book non-stop flights in order to reduce the risk of missing a connection and staying stranded in the airport awaiting the next flight to your destination
Jim Taylor is a part-time photographer, small business co-owner and wannabe world traveler. One of the favorite Jim’s hobbies is definitely writing, and he loves to write about past and future travelling destinations. Also, Jim loves to hike, barbecue with friends and participate in charities.