Senior citizens deserve to travel just as much as youngsters, if not more. They’ve had good runs with their careers and had their fair share of being too busy to live, and now they are packing their bags and buying plane tickets like crazy.
And they should.
In their retirement years, the elderly see travel as their fountain of youth. This is why we decided to come up with these 5 crucial tips to help them prepare for their upcoming endeavors.
1. Don’t Travel During The Season Peak
The best thing about being retired is that you can pretty much travel whenever you want. This means you can aim for shoulder season and avoid traffic jams and all those annoying hipsters at the airports.
Try to book your vacation between April and the end of June, or between September and November.
Oh yeah, you will also avoid those awful summer heats. Win-win situation indeed! Plus – t’s much cheaper.
2. Remember To Bring Your Medications
Your health should always come first, so it is best to always bring a full supply of any kind of medications you might be needing along with you. Make sure you keep them in their original containers.
Finding a pharmacy and filling a prescription isn’t that big of a hassle, but it is always best to be on the safe side.
3. Take Care Of Travel Insurance On Time
Travel insurance may be something youngsters often omit, but for seniors – it’s a must! Make sure you find out exactly whether and how your travel insurance works, and do it on time. Especially if you plan on going overseas.
Also, pre-existing conditions could be an extra problem, especially if you are over 70. Some plans however, tend to have more leeway when it comes to those exclusions.
4. Learn To Pack Light
Packing light is important, regardless of your age. Anyone should master the art of packing light because — when you pack light, you feel free, you feel younger. To lighten your load, take fewer clothing items and try to do laundry more often.
Also read: 3 Simple Ways To Pack Light If You Are A Woman.
5. Find Accommodation That Suits Your Needs
If there is no elevator, and stairs are a problem for you, make sure you request a ground-floor room. Location is also very important, so think in advance about the pros and cons of where you will be staying.
“If you stay near the train station at the edge of town, you’ll minimize carrying your bag on arrival,” says Rick Steves, famous traveler-blogger. “On the other hand, staying in the city center gives you a convenient place to take a break between sights (and you can take a taxi on arrival to reduce lugging your bags).”
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