4 Things Only Seniors Who Love to Travel Will Understand, … by: Marie Villeza

4 Things Only Seniors Who Love to Travel Will Understand

Traveling at any age can be a wild adventure, but seniors especially love to make travel a way of life rather than a vacation, thanks to their retiree status. That isn’t to say that seniors should throw caution to the wind when they travel, however. There are a few safety precautions that all seniors should keep in mind while exploring the world, regardless of how many times your passport has been stamped.

 

  1. Travel Insurance is a Must

With so many expenses to consider when booking a trip, it’s easy to decline optional expenses like travel insurance. But, seniors benefit the most from travel insurance, especially because of your increased risk of falls or extra medication requirements.

According to Boomer Travel Patrol co-founder Liz Dahl, “Nothing is worse than to be in a foreign land and find yourself in a situation where you have fallen or run out of medication and not knowing what to do or if you’ll be covered.”

In most cases, travel insurance runs between $100 – $200, which is well worth the cost when it guarantees senior travelers will be covered should an unexpected medical issue arise.

Even if you opt for travel insurance, take all precautions when you leave home. Take advantage of traveler’s checks and credit cards to prevent a financial disaster should you lose your wallet or fall victim to a pickpocket.

Additionally, take precautions when you rent a car. Chances are, you will be unfamiliar with your rental car. To stay as alert as possible while driving, leave your cell phone out of sight. You also should avoid using cruise control in your rental because it increases your risk of drowsy or distracted driving and decreases your reaction time. It’s also crucial that you avoid cruise control in rainy, snowy, or icy conditions because the car is more prone to slide on wet roads when you do.

  1. Travel with Extra Medication

Travel with all necessary medications and pack those that make traveling a little easier, such as those for altitude or motion sickness. Stick to your medication regimen and talk to your doctor about planning for time changes or other travel situations that could alter your schedule. Pack a few days’ worth of extra medication so you are prepared in the event of travel delays because medicine in foreign countries may not be the same as yours.

  1. Stay Connected with Family Back Home

No matter where you intend to travel, make arrangements to stay connected with family back home. Enroll in the U.S. Smart Traveler Enrollment Program if you plan to travel overseas so that your information is stored securely and the Department of State, U.S. embassy, or U.S. consulate can contact you, your family members, or your friends if an emergency occurs. You also should give a copy of your itinerary with contact information for your hotel accommodations to family and friends and immediately contact them with any changes to your itinerary or lodging information.

Keep in mind that your smartphone may not work abroad. Check with your cell phone provider to ensure you will have coverage before your departure. To avoid international roaming rates so that you can stay connected with family back home, look into your international cell phone plan options. Consider postpaid and prepaid international roaming plans and prepaid phone options in your destination city.

 

  1. Use Your Trip to Stay Mentally and Physically Fit

 While it may be tempting to relax and eat your way through your destination city, use your trip as an opportunity to stay mentally and physically fit. Traveling is an ideal way to benefit your mental health because it enhances creativity, opens you to new opportunities and challenges, relieves stress, boosts your mood, and strengthens your relationship with your significant other.

 

Not only does traveling engage your mind, but it also keeps you active. Seniors get exercise by walking to take in the sights and explore a new destination. By some reports, tourists walk up to 10 miles a day while traveling. You also can get active while traveling by renting a bicycle, hiking nature trails, or swimming in the sea or doing laps in the hotel pool.

Seniors especially love to travel. To make the most of your trip, take safety precautions, pack extra medication, stay connected with family back home, and boost your mental and physical health.

Contributed article by: Marie Villeza

Here is a link for additional information and safety tips on keeping your finances safe before and during your trip:

The Solo Travelers Guide To Keep You and Your Cards Safe