Traveling for Seniors

Before Your Next Adventure: Key Points for Seniors to Remember

Chances are, you've been on quite a few adventures and had other memorable experiences you cherish to this day. Just because you're older now doesn't mean your traveling days are over. There are still many different ways you can have adventures and create new memories that are worth cherishing. Before you start packing your bags, there are several points to remember in order to keep your traveling experiences enjoyable and safe at the same time.

Where Do You Want to Go?

Of course, your to-do list when it comes to planning starts with your destination. While you might not be able to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or go base jumping off Angel Falls in Venezuela, you can still find plenty of great adventures.

For instance, reserve a seat on an overseas guided tour to travel to your favorite country. The best thing about guided tours is that the majority of your itinerary is preplanned, so you just have to show up and have a great time. If you're not able to engage in extensive physical activities, select a tour that will not involve a lot of walking. Taking a cruise is another option. It may be in your best interest to book one that caters to seniors, especially if you don't want to spend countless hours surrounded by partygoers who are half your age or massive herds of school-aged children who are vacationing with their families.

If you're interested in having a more cultured experience overseas, visit a city or country that is internationally known as the home of your interests and hobbies. For example, theater fans might enjoy taking a trip to London for a themed vacation to visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre or take a stroll in his hometown, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Getting the Green Light From a Doctor

Whether you're traveling to the other side of the world or just the other side of the country, do not finalize any plans until you speak to a doctor. Doing so will allow you to have all your physical health questions answered once your doctor has completed a full medical examination. Depending on your circumstances and limitations, he or she may recommend a few changes to your travel plans or offer alternatives for you to consider. If you are approved for overseas travel, remain up to date with your pneumonia and flu vaccinations and schedule appointments with any medical professional that you visit regularly to get an expert opinion on your tentative plans before finalizing travel arrangements.

Make Room for Your Medications

Before packing your diverse collection of clothing, make sure you have plenty of room for your necessary medications. Many drugs that are prescribed in the United States are not available in other countries. Be sure to take a supply that will last the entire trip. If you have any medications that may raise questions or concerns, ask your doctor for a signed letter of authorization explaining the details of your prescription. Remember to bring all your necessary medical accessories, such as syringes, your daily pill case, and an updated medic-alert bracelet. If you plan on flying with your oxygen travel concentrator, it needs to be fully charged to at least 150 percent before you board. Ask the flight attendant for a convenient location to keep it charged during the flight.

Safety Tips to Follow

There will be many different things to do and places to see when you arrive, but don't overdo it. To minimize the risk of injury, illness or exhaustion, schedule time for regular breaks to rest and relax. Proceed with caution if you decide to purchase food from street vendors to avoid any type of undercooked meats or raw fruits. If you have any doubts about the local water supply, do not hesitate to purchase bottled water as a safe alternative. Be mindful of your surroundings at all times and take the necessary precautions to never travel alone at night. Keep all your valuable items, including credit cards, passports, expensive jewelry and cash, concealed and secured. Do not underestimate the detrimental effects of jet lag when traveling outside your local time zone. Most people need at least a few days of rest to recover fully and return to their normal routines.

Did You Forget Anything?

Your trip is planned and booked, and your bags are packed and ready to go. Before you bid farewell to your friends and neighbors, double-check to make sure you have everything you need. Go through your portable oxygen travel checklist thoroughly just to make sure you're not forgetting anything. Use the Internet to check the weather conditions at your destination so that you can dress accordingly. Following all these tips will help ensure that you have an enjoyable time during your trip, making this adventure the best one yet.

over 2 years ago, said...

These are all good recommendations! For Mom and Dad's last 5 years of travel, my late husband and I travelled with them, and acted as security and luggage bearers. Now that I travel alone, I think about where I want to go and how much I want to do.