Senior years and lifestyle are very much about enjoying oneself. They don’t have to be the clichéd image of an older person isolated from the world. A lot of seniors become frequent travellers because they usually have time, resources, and let’s face it… travelling is great.
For a lot of seniors, travelling is also an act of independence. The travel experience lets seniors know that – although they might be going through some changes – they’re still their own person and are fully capable to appreciate, explore, and learn about other places and cultures.
Here are our best tips for senior travellers:
- Look for travel guides.
You can easily do this online. Learn basic things about the place you’re going and check if there are some precautions or customs specific to your destination that you should be mindful about.
- Get insurance.
Insurance is the best way to go. Not only will it aid you in case of a health or theft related emergency, but you’ll also feel protected during your stay in a foreign place. This is important for any traveller, so don’t dismiss it.
- Book an organized tour.
Booking an organized tour can be a great time-saver and an ideal place to meet fellow travellers. Plus, a lot of tours offer special arrangements and discounts for seniors.
- Have a “secure place” for important documents.
Always keep important documentation like your passport on the same (discreet) place. It’s a simple trick that’ll save you a lot of “I think I lost my passport” scary moments.
- Know how to keep in touch.
Make sure you know how to dial back home from wherever you are. Or keep in touch while you’re away by sending a quick e-mail to your loved ones at night. For this, you’ll need to check about roaming costs or if you’re hotel offers Wi-Fi and long distance calls.
- Maximize your travel experience by taking care of yourself.
This is probably the most important tip. If you take medication, don’t forget about taking the prescription with you or even a letter from your doctor.
Don’t forget to watch what you eat so you’re full of energy and make the best of your days without wearing yourself out. Always keep your health needs in mind because this is what will allow you to live independently and continue travelling.
You don’t have to stop travelling as you age. Follow these tips and prepare yourself for new experiences.
Enjoy your trip!