Travel Tips for Seniors
If you’re a retired senior citizen, traveling is the perfect way to add a bit of spice to your life. Not only is traveling an excellent way for seniors to stay active and healthy, it’s also a way to explore, learn new things, and feel young again.
But traveling as an elderly person can be a very different experience from traveling as a young person. Take a few extra steps to make sure you’ll be able to make the most of your trip, and you might even end up having more fun than all the youngsters.
1. Travel With a Group
Finding a senior travel group to vacation with can make organizing travel plans a breeze. Often you won’t have to worry about separate costs like transportation, accommodations, or excursions–you’ll just pay one lump sum to participate in a pre-planned travel experience.
Traveling with an itinerary made just for seniors can also put your mind at ease when it comes to participating in new activities. Since everyone is around the same age, you won’t feel pressured to participate in strenuous activities or do anything you’re not comfortable doing.
Even if you decide not to travel in a group, knowing what senior discounts are available to you can save you money and make planning your trip easier.
2. Get a Medical Check-up
Check in with your doctor to make sure you’re in good enough health to travel. During your check-up, your doctor will be able to tell you if there are any activities you should abstain from while traveling. This information will be helpful when planning your trip.
Make sure all your prescriptions are filled and up to date so you won’t have to worry about access to your medication on your trip.
3. Use Proper Travel Gear
Make traveling easier by packing your belongings in the most convenient way possible. Use luggage with wheels so you won’t have to lug heavy bags around. The best options are usually luggage sets with four wheel spinners—these are wheels that rotate so that your luggage can be pushed or pulled. Be sure to pack a pill box organized with all of your medication, and if you’re flying, make sure you pack your medication in your carry-on. That way if your checked luggage gets lost, you’ll have your meds with you. If possible, it’s also a good idea to pack an extra pair of glasses and a medical kit that includes basic items like bandages, antacids, and pain relievers.
4. Take Safety Precautions
Be extra careful when you’re out traveling alone. Don’t travel at night and stay in well-populated areas. Keep important information with you at all times, such as a copy of your passport, a language dictionary, and information for the nearest US embassy. Be mindful of where you keep your wallet and don’t wear flashy jewelry or other valuable accessories.
It may seem like a hassle to take these extra steps, but you’ll thank yourself later on when you’re enjoying your next vacation worry-free.
Patricia Sarmiento loves swimming and running. She channels her love of fitness and wellness into blogging about health and health-related topics. She played sports in high school and college and continues to make living an active lifestyle a goal for her and her family. She lives with her husband, two children, and their shih tzu in Maryland.