Travelling might not be on the list of priority for seniors. However, it should not be excluded either. There are many benefits of travel for seniors such as boosting confidence, staying active, and developing emotional stability. Of course, travel for seniors may appear a little more daunting due to many limitations. However, you can still do it with a little more planning and preparations.
How to have a stress-free trip
Travel is unpredictable and things can go wrong even with how thorough the preparation is. However, travel also even more incredible things not only to young generations but also for the seniors. You don’t have to stop yourself from exploring the world and experiencing new things at your senior age. And here are some tips for you to have such smooth trip:
Choose easily-navigated destination
It is recommended to choose s destination that can be easily navigated. Choose a destination where you are sure you will have accommodation that meet your needs. If you feel anxious about going on a solo trip, consider a group trip instead. Hence, you know you are not going to wander around in an unknown place. A cruise is recommended because most of them often accommodate special services including for senior travelers.
Choose direct and shortest routes
Once you decided your destination, choose the best routes where you can get to your destination faster and easier. Hence, direct and shortest routes are safe choice. However, make sure that with the routes you choose, you still have time on layover ans grab your meals, go to the bathroom, and stretch your legs.
Request special services you need in advance
Not all travel agents or tour company provides special service for seniors. Hence, it is always best to find out from the beginning. See if you can request special service in advance. For example, ask the airport if they can provide you wheelchair service, or if you can have an airport staff assist you for checking-in or boarding process.
Prepare required documents
Do not forget your preparation not only the essentials like toiletries and clothes but also your documents such as passport, boarding pass, itinerary, medical contact information, insurance card, emergency contact information, etc. It is strongly recommended to prepare these documents first before anything else and secure them in your bag that can be easily accessed when needed.
Don’t forget your medications
See your doctor first prior to the trip to ensure you are in good condition to go. Discuss your travel plan with your doctor so they give you the best advice and a supply of needed medication to last you through the trip. It is best to have extra supply of medication just in case your return from the trip is delayed or something. Also, put your medication in a place you can easily access. Set an alarm to remind you when to take your medication so you won’t forget it even if you have such a hectic day during the trip.