If you are one of the many senior adventurers that are choosing to travel domestically and abroad this summer, these travel tips are for you! The key to a fun and successful trip is planning ahead. Keep these vacationing tips for seniors in mind as you plan your next adventure!
1. Talk with Your Doctor
If you have any type of health condition, speak with your doctor before planning your trip. They can give you the all clear to go and can also provide suggestions for destinations and how to remain healthy while on your trip. Don’t worry, traveling can be beneficial for your health, so they will only tell you not to go if they have are serious concerns.
2. Get Your Health Information in Order
If you have any allergies or unique medical problems, you should carry the relevant information on you at all times. This way doctors at your destination will know how to better treat you in the event of an emergency. Two great options would be to wear a medical alert bracelet or keep a medical alert card in your wallet or purse.
3. Keep Up Your Daily Oral Health Routine
Just because you are adventuring in a new place doesn’t mean you should let go of your habits from home. Make sure you bring floss, toothpaste and any other oral health supplies you may need – just remember, if you’re flying, to store your toothpaste properly.
4. Purchase Travel Insurance
It is always a good idea to purchase travel insurance, no matter your age or health situation, but if you are a senior and are on Medicare, you need to know that it does not cover health costs outside of the U.S. You’ll need to purchase additional travel insurance to help cover any medical issues you may experience overseas. It’s always best to be prepared!
5. Plan Ahead When It Comes to Mobility
If you have mobility issues, you need to plan ahead to ensure a smooth traveling experience. This begins with your flight. Most airlines will accommodate any passenger with special needs. You can even request a ground floor room when you book a hotel. Also consider how you will get around your destination and sight-see and plan accordingly. Although your city may have public transportation available, what is going to make your trip the most enjoyable? Opt for a taxi if this will help!
6. Plan Ahead When It Comes to Money
Before heading out,make sure you understand the currency situation at your destination. Let your bank know that you will be traveling abroad so they will not freeze your account and ask if they have any international partners. It’s also a good idea to take travelers checks in case an ATM isn’t available, as well as two major credit cards.
7. Eat Well and Drink Clean Water
Although we love trying new food in new places, vacation is the last time you want to be sick! Keep your dietary restrictions in mind and avoid foods that may cause you any type of sickness. Another good rule of thumb while traveling is to only drink boiled or bottled water. Make sure you grab a nice, cool bottle of water before you leave your hotel.
8. Travel Smart
Check the local conditions at your destination to know what type of scenarios you should pack for and allow your body time to acclimate to. Especially if you are headed to a higher altitude or hotter climate. Don’t go overboard though! Pack only what you will need, don’t make your bag too big to carry.
9. Contact the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in an Emergency
If for some reason you have a health emergency, carry the contact info for the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your destination. Give this information to family and friends before you leave. You can also enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This provides a secure way to maintain all of your emergency contact info.
We hope these tips will be helpful as you plan your senior adventure this summer! Remember, the key is planning ahead to ensure a smooth and safe experience.
Do you have any travel tips for your fellow seniors? Share your experience in the comment section below.