Senior citizen travel is (baby) boomin’! According to AARP’s Travel Research of 2017, most boomers will take at least one leisure trip, with an average of five or more trips expected throughout the year. However, most trips have yet to be booked, meaning boomers are still in the planning or idea phase, subsequently posing the opportunity for Silver Cuisine to step in to provide some senior citizen trip ideas and tips for safe (and fun) traveling!
Senior Trip Ideas and Tips
Consider Medical Needs and Requirements
Before traveling, always consider the medical and health needs of your loved one, along with consulting with their doctor. They can further guide you and your loved one towards appropriate vaccination recommendations or requirements, particularly if traveling out of the country. Always make sure you have sufficient prescription and over-the-counter medications to last throughout the trip’s entirety and pack precautionary first aid essentials such Tylenol, antacids, ointments, and bandages. Also take a list of doctors and pharmacists’ phone numbers just in case a medical emergency or dilemma were to arise.
Gather Documentation and Identification
Have all appropriate documentations and identifications gathered in one spot, especially if flying on an airport and heading out of the county. So whether it be a passport, drivers license, medication list, or health insurance card, having these important documents can ease your traveling experience.
With most vacations requiring longer transportation, it is important to identify how you plan to get to your destination and simplify the process as much as possible. For instance, if heading out of the country, try to book a non-stop flight to reduce the risk of missed connections and exhausting your loved one. Cruises are considered a great senior citizen trip idea, as the attractions are mostly within close proximity and accommodate large travel groups. Airports and airlines also offer seniors with suitable accommodations, including wheelchair and ramp access and first entry. And as an added bonus, discounted airfare may be available for senior travelers! Always take advantage of checking bags and book aisle and front seats for easier access to the bathrooms and on and off the plane. Additional safety practices include utilizing seatbelts and available safety masks as needed. Traveling during your elder’s prime energy hours can also reduce strain and offer a more pleasant experience.
Dress for the Weather
While the weather can certainly change, be sure to consider the forecast and seasonal climate of the particular area and pack clothes accordingly to keep seniors at a comfortable temperature level. It is also never a bad idea to bring a light jacket or sweater to a warm region and lighter material shirts in cooler climates. Also be sure to wear sturdy, yet comfortable shoes during longer adventure days and a rain jacket and umbrella for an unexpected rainy day.
Get Traveler’s Insurance
While you can always hope for a flawless trip, there is always an opportunity for a medical emergency, lost or stolen luggage, and some sort of last minute cancellation. Protect and cover yourself and your loved one by purchasing traveler’s insurance if such predicaments occur and for a peace of mind. Find more information on senior travel insurance here.
Live in the Moment
While details regarding transportation, accommodations, etc. should all be set into place before the trip, not all plans always go as forecasted. It is important to not allow road bumps plans detour your pleasure of the trip, but rather readapt as needed. Nonetheless, ENJOY the trip at hand and allow yourself to live in the moment with your loved ones! Already hankering for the next trip? Here are nine of the best travel destinations for seniors and retirees!