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Senior Travel Tips

 
Senior travel is popular and for many of us, a major part of the older adult lifestyle.  As retirees, we have more time and greater flexibility in our schedules to plan the trips we never had while we were working.

What Sparks Your Interest?

Before you buy your plane tickets or book a hotel, think about what type of senior vacation you might be interested in. 
  • What are your hobbies and passions? 
  • Is there a part of the world you’ve always wanted to visit?
  • Are you a fast paced traveler or someone who enjoys more of a relaxing experience?
  • Would you prefer a private wilderness getaway or a luxurious stay in a large city overseas?

Plan in Advance

Book your trip far in advance of your departure date.  Give yourself enough time to figure out exactly what you want to do while you’re away.  Maybe there are certain landmarks you want to visit, shows you want to see or restaurants you want to experience.  When you plan in advance, you avoid unnecessary stresses last minute and you are free to enjoy your trip while you’re there, without frantically trying to plan activities the day of.

Use a Senior Travel Service

If you’re not a big planner, consider the use of a professional senior travel service.  There are many senior travel companies that specialize in the organization and operation of trips specifically designed for senior citizens.  From group tours and cruises to secluded getaways, you can choose your own trip with customizable itineraries and flexible pacing.

Traveling Light

There is no need to pack your whole closet in your suitcase.  Think smart and be selective about what you decide to bring along with you.  Spare yourself the unnecessary strain on your body by purchasing a suitcase with wheels ahead of time so that you can transport your belongings with ease.

Pay a Visit to Your Doctor

A few months before your trip, book an appointment with your GP.  He or she will be able to prescribe your regular medications, advise you of any necessary vaccines, and tell you how to stay safe while you’re away.

Key Items to Bring

To maximize safety and convenience while you’re away in an unfamiliar territory, bring these items either in your carry-on or luggage:
  • Security and personal identification documents
  • Small wallet-size zip-up compartment or fanny-pack to hold your important belongings close to your body and under your clothing (for theft prevention)
  • Small bottle refills of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.
  • Plastic bags
  • Flashlight
  • Pack extra and separate your medications in different spots
  • Carry a medical alert bracelet or card
  • A variety of clothing to account for unpredictable temperatures

Enjoy Yourself!

The planning is in place, your bag is packed and you’re on your way.  Now it’s time to relax and enjoy.  Be mindful of how you feel and go at a pace you’re comfortable with.  Remember, you’re still in a foreign place and sometimes our bodies react differently to new climates, foods and beverages.  Listen to your body and always put safety first.

 
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