Tips for Travelling as a Senior Citizen

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You’re never too old to head out on an adventure, or simply visit a new place you’ve always dreamed of. Age should not be a barrier, provided your health is good, and there are plentiful destinations and activities that are perfect for the senior citizen with a penchant for a travel adventure.

Despite this, there are a few things you need to bear in mind.

Choose the right luggage

Choosing the right luggage for your travels is key. You want something that is lightweight and easy to manage. A suitcase with four spinning wheels is ideal for ideal travellers as they are easy to maneuver and don’t place and stress on your shoulders. Here’s a list of the best spinner luggage to help you choose.

Check your health before you go

This is true of any age group, but maybe particularly pertinent for the older generations. All this takes is a simple visit to your GP for a health MOT. Get a supply of any medications you’re on, remembering to pack these in your hand luggage, inside the box bearing your name. To be on the safe side, obtaining a letter from your GP with your list of medications should cover you for any airport problems that may arise occasionally. As for flying, remember the general advice – keep mobile, drink plenty of water, and wear compression stockings. Simple!

Get insured

Nobody should travel without adequate travel insurance, and anyone who does is simply playing with fire. In the event of a health problem rearing its ugly head during your travels, your insurance policy will be a lifesaver, in more ways than one. Simply ensure you declare all pre-existing medical conditions, and go with a company who are expert in choosing travel insurance for the over 70s if you fall into that age bracket, as this is where you will get the best policies and best deals. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Look into group trips

Like with any destination or activity, you’ll find companies who cater especially for the older generation and their travel needs. A group tour is the perfect chance to meet new people, make new friends, and travel in a safe environment, without the stress of heading off on your own steam. Check the company you use is accredited and read the reviews online before you agree to anything, but on the whole, you’ll find plentiful companies offering tours of the Wonders of the World, to beach breaks, to museum tours, and any kind of activity or skill-based holiday you can think of.

Research is key

You’re not 21 anymore, but that shouldn’t stop you experiencing all that life offers. Having said that, there are a few situational things you need to consider, such as where your hotel is. If your hotel is at the top of the steepest hill in the resort, and you’re not so great on your feet at the end of the day, then you might want to move to somewhere a little easier to reach. The same can be said for requesting where your room is in the hotel, maybe opt for a ground or first floor room, rather than the top floor. It’s not admitting defeat, it’s simply making life easier, so you enjoy your travels more.

Adapting your travel adventures to your needs and wellbeing will make your experience a million more times memorable.


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