Making the Most of Your Golden Years
Being elderly doesn’t mean you should miss out on the things you enjoy, like traveling. The golden years are the best time to travel, and you don’t want to let a few health problems stand in your way. Retirement offers a great opportunity to see places you’ve never been before. With some planning and preparation, you can enjoy senior travel just as much – if not more - than you did when you were younger.
Special Deals and Discounts
A big advantage to senior travel is being eligible for all sorts of discounts. Research travel, lodging and food options in your destination, and take advantage of any offered senior discounts. While these perks may not seem like much, the deals start to add up and can save you a pretty penny in the long run.
Senior-friendly Vacation Rentals
Wheelchair accessible or ADA approved vacation rentals are available for senior travel. Look into a vacation rental or condo that easily accommodates the elderly. If you’re not sure, contact the owner directly and ask about specific requirements – bars in the shower, lower counter tops and light switches, and wide doorways, for example. Most vacation rental owners are more than willing to provide for special needs or elderly travelers, so don’t be afraid to speak up!
Wear loose clothing while traveling by plane to ensure healthy circulation. Developing deep vein thrombosis and stiff joints are threats when traveling in high altitudes for long periods of time. Leg and foot exercises as well as short stretches can prevent this condition. It’s also important to stay hydrated while flying. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol. For more comfort, consider a neck pillow to support your head and neck during long trips.
SightseeingMinor medical conditions shouldn’t keep you from sightseeing on your vacation. However, don’t try to do too much at once; instead, try half-day sightseeing sessions. If you plan to be outdoors, venture out in the morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t its brightest. Stay hydrated with water. And bring along a small fo lding chair; this can be used as a crutch as well as a ready seat whenever you need to sit a spell – very handy when waiting in long lines!
Make a list of things you will need. Denture adhesive is difficult to find in foreign countries so bring enough for the entire trip. Don’t forget hearing aid batteries, a spare pair of glasses and anything else you rely on. Pack all daily medications in a carry-on bag in the event that luggage is lost. A labeled pillbox with compartments for each weekday is especially helpful in different time zones. It’s also a good idea to bring medical history along with a note from your doctor specifying certain allergies in case something happens while traveling.
We hope you've enjoyed our guide to senior travel!