Travel doesn’t have to end when your youth does. Here are some great ways to keep enjoying the sights and sounds of the wide world, even when you’re in your golden years:
Dressing for travel means dressing comfortably. Leave your jewelry locked up at home, wear comfortable shoes for walking, and dress appropriately for train, plane, or bus travel if necessary. You’ll look just fine in souvenir photos – and enjoy your trip a lot more!
Don’t Broadcast Your Departure
Want to get robbed or taken advantage of? Tell everyone on Facebook that you’re getting ready to leave the country for a few days. Don’t want that to happen? Skip the public broadcast and only tell those close to you that you’ll be gone so they know when to expect check-ins during your voyage.
Mind Your Medications – and Your Meals
Forgetting your medications or getting off-schedule can be a major problem – but so can eating the wrong thing while you’re traveling. This is especially important if you have stomach problems or if you are traveling to an area far from home or where you are not familiar with the local cuisine. Keep a travel journal to keep an eye on everything you put in your body and when to prevent problems.
Keep Someone Close
Traveling with a partner is one of the most important rules for senior travelers. Even if you are in perfect health and fitness, people are more likely to take advantage of single senior travelers. Likewise, it’s also much easier to sustain an injury, forget medication, or deal with other problems when you’re on your own.
If you don’t have friends or family to take along, consider hiring a commercial airline medical escort. These professionals are not emergency medical personnel; rather, they provide everyday assistance to senior and disabled travelers. To learn more about getting help from a commercial airline medical escort, contact a travel or mobile medical services agency.