Time for travel is one of the perks of retirement. Seniors have plenty of time to visit family and friends. An adventure aboard a cruise or a simple trip across town may be in the works. However, when it comes to traveling as a senior, safety and comfort take precedence. Follow these 11 travel tips to ensure a safe, pleasurable trip.
Tip 1: Get Vaccinated
Today, travel precautions include getting vaccinated against the many evolving strains of Covid-19. The elderly are urged to get vaccinated before traveling to protect themselves from the coronavirus, especially since their weakened immune system makes them susceptible to severe symptoms.
Traveling to exotic destinations requires getting additional vaccinations. Diseases that are uncommon in the United States, such as polio and yellow fever, may be prevalent elsewhere. The State Department of Health and Human Services provides information on the necessary vaccinations.
Tip 2: Pack Medications
Bring all medications when traveling and pack them in a carry-on bag rather than a checked suitcase. The latter can get lost during the flight, and keeping medicines close at hand makes it easier to access them even on the plane.
Seniors planning to stay abroad for lengthy periods are advised to ask their physician for a year-long supply of medication. Keep in mind that pharmacies in the United States allow prescription transfers, a convenience for elderly travelers who plan a long vacation out of the country.
Tip 3: Bring a Smart Phone
Technology connects people, making carrying a smartphone essential during travels. The contacts feature in phones is incredibly useful. The elderly should add the names, addresses, and phone numbers of hospitals, pharmacies, and urgent care centers located at the travel destination.
US carriers may charge roaming fees for calls made while abroad. Older travelers should check with their carrier to see if they allow international calls. If not, consider renting an international phone or buying an unlocked phone with an international SIM card for use during the trip.
Tip 4: Choose Senior Friendly Destinations
Seniors can ensure an enjoyable vacation by picking a destination that is aligned with their interests. For example, a nature lover will find the safaris of Tanzania to be a worthwhile adventure, while a wine connoisseur will love nothing more than a French River cruise.
Pick destinations that are senior friendly, such as those with access to convenient transportation services and healthcare. The destination’s walkability factor is also important. Opt for places that offer a wide range of senior tours that satisfy one or more personal interests.
Tip 5: Travel in Groups
Traveling with others is safer for older adults. Consider seeing sights with family and friends or join travel groups. Travel clubs for seniors are popular, since they cater to the elderly. Some senior tour operators fulfill the travel wishes of people with disabilities and special needs.
Tip 6: Avoid Peak Season
Traveling off season is advised for older people who aim to avoid the long lines of tourists and massive crowds, especially at highly popular destinations. Booking travels for September to October or April to mid-June also prevents seniors from dealing with the intense summer heat.
Tip 7: Ask for Senior Discounts
Many touristy destinations, like museums, and transportation options, like trains, offer senior discounts. Take advantage of these low-priced tickets by showing a passport or other form of ID. Some attractions do not display senior discount prices, so ask if they are offered.
Tip 8: Prevent Theft
Wearing expensive jewelry is an invitation for thieves. Avoid wearing or carrying the pricey gemstones to prevent getting them snatched off by opportunistic vandals. Carry purses close and be wary in situations where loud noises are intended to be distractions from would-be pick pocketers.
Senior travelers may consider buying backpacks, money belts, or special clothing to conceal valuables, like cash and credit cards. Fake wallets can help protect against theft. Anti-theft handbags are available as well as fanny packs designed to cover and protect personal belongings.
Tip 9: Recognize Limitations
Seniors may struggle to hike the trails as they once did in their younger years. Be aware of current abilities during traveling. Walking steep terrains may be more difficult later in life. Avoid physical overexertion even when exploring new cities to ensure a more enjoyable trip.
Tip 10: Use GPS Tracking
GPS tracking devices help seniors find valuable items as well as the locations of loved ones. The real-time devices not only track people and things but provide alerts. Seniors can press the panic button on GPS trackers in cases of emergencies, too.
Tip 11: Hire a Travel Buddy
Older people bitten by the travel bug may not be comfortable traveling alone. However, they can still enjoy seeing the world when they hire a travel companion. Specialized services are available that provide a companion who accompanies the senior and provides invaluable assistance.
Seniors can see the world safely when they follow the above tips. When care is needed closer to home, choose Assisting Hands Home Care. We are a reputable home care agency staffed by professional caregivers who fulfill the daily care needs of seniors.
While our professional caregivers provide essential nonmedical in-home care, we also double as pleasant companions. We provide transportation to local senior centers and doctors’ offices, accompanying our elderly care recipients throughout the trip to ensure their continual comfort and safety.
In-home care services include help with personal hygiene tasks, meal preparation, grocery shopping, and medication reminders. We can accommodate seniors with special needs through our compassionate Alzheimer’s and dementia care, post-surgical care and hospice care, among many other care options.
Receiving quality care at home allows the elderly to age in place. Assisting Hands Home Care makes this dream a reality. Our caregivers are licensed, bonded and insured to give families and their aging loved ones maximum peace of mind. We are also trained in CPR and First Aid.
Choose Assisting Hands Home Care for the best in senior care. Our exceptional care services are available to older adults living in Hollywood, Miramar and Pembroke Pines, Florida. Schedule your free in-home consultation at (954) 859-2271 and give the senior in your life the gift of home care.