7 Travel Tips For Seniors

October 27, 2014 at 11:36 am

seniors travelWho says your age should stop you from travelling to different destinations or visiting family and friends across the country? Seniors can also enjoy the pleasures of travel. In fact, your retirement years will likely afford you with more time and resources to go to places you have always wanted to visit, join cruises to exotic locations, or be with your children or grandchildren who have moved to a different state or even overseas.

As a senior, you will need to take proper precautions and be prepared for different circumstances you may find yourself in during your journey. You may find that not everything you are used to being accessible to would be readily available once you are travelling or at your destination. If you want to enjoy travelling, just keep in mind these helpful tips that can make it as worthwhile and memorable as possible:

 

  1. Check out travel advisories for your route and destination. Depending on the time of the year, there may be various advisories that can directly or indirectly affect your travel plans. Such include inclement weather, security warnings, health risks, and other precautionary warnings. Know ahead of time what you may be dealing with so you can plan accordingly. Have backup measures, alternate routes, or other plans that allow for flexibility. Read an excellent guide on how to properly deal with travel advisories.
  2. Get travel insurance. It’s better to have travel insurance and not need it, than to be caught without it when needed. Whether you are getting on a plane, taking a cruise, or driving cross-country, there are appropriate travel insurance policies you can look into so you are protected in case of theft, accidents, delays, property loss, and other unexpected incidents. If you are unsure what policy would work best for your plans, seek advice from your travel agent.
  3. Have the necessary paperwork handy. For overseas travel, you will need your passport, visa (for certain destinations), and other necessary documents. Get the information from your agent, cruise ship operator, or airline so you can prepare ahead of time. Even if you are just driving across state lines, you will want to keep your vehicle registration, insurance information, and other personal documents in a safe and readily accessible place. If you plan to travel with your grandchild or grandchildren, it is better to have a notarized letter of permission to travel with grandchildren that is signed by both parents.
  4. Prepare your medical essentials. If you have any ongoing medical treatments or prescriptions, you would want to bring an ample supply with you. The medications you need may not be readily available where you are going, so consult with your physician or pharmacist on what amount would be best. It is also a good idea to have some first aid essentials with you when traveling, especially when going on a long drive. Airplanes, cruise ships, tour buses, and other public transportat systems usually have first aid essentials available.
  5. Travel light and smart. Take only what you will need so you are not lugging around way too much stuff than what is necessary. When you travel light, you also get less tired and stressed. Find out what the weather conditions would be like in your destination and bring appropriate clothing and accessories.
  6. Bring your cell phone and gadgets. You will need to have a way to reach family or friends when you are travelling. Look for free phones for seniors such as these that have nationwide coverage, are very easy to use, and also offer affordable plans that keep you connected. Make sure your phone is always charged and ready for use.
  7. Request for special services for seniors. Most airports, ports of entry, hotels, and other public venues would have special lanes and assistance offered to seniors. You may be able to get other services to make your trip more comfortable, so ask ahead of time. For instance, if you have a connecting flight and the gates are too far apart, the airline can offer a wheelchair, cart, or shuttle.