Travelling abroad to a new place is extremely exciting but it can also be intimidating, especially as we get older. With an increased risk of trips and falls, senior citizens should always take extra safety precautions to avoid any mishaps along the way.
However, potential misfortunes should not stop you from travelling the world and seeing amazing places. Instead, follow these five travelling tips to put your mind at ease and get you excited about your next trip away!
#1 Carry out detailed travel research
When you’re getting ready for your next trip away, organisation is key. Whether you’re travelling alone or with family or friends there are lots of elements to research to ensure you have a relaxing and stress-free trip away.
Carry out research into your chosen destination to see what transport links there are, what type of cuisines are available, what the weather will be like and what type of entertainment and activities are on offer. Your research will create a clear picture of what your holiday might be like. If you can imagine yourself having a great time in your chosen destination, then this is the place for you!
It is also worth taking a look into any local customs to see what types of social behaviour is culturally appropriate. For instance, some destinations will expect you to dress appropriately in supermarkets or be respectful when you’re talking about local cultures and traditions.
#2 Choose the right disability options
If you will need assistance throughout your trip, ensure that you select any necessary disability options while you are booking your travel arrangements.
For instance, airlines such as British Airways, Qatar Airways and Air France all offer a number of services that are tailored to the needs of senior passengers or passengers with reduced mobility or disabilities.
The same applies regarding your accommodation. Ensure that the hotel, B&B or villa that you choose has the right mobility options for you, such as grab rails in bathrooms, walk-in baths, walk-in showers or wide entrances. It is also worth contacting your chosen accommodation ahead of your arrival time, so they can carry out the appropriate preparations for your stay.
#3 Travel at the right time of day
The time of day that you choose to travel can make the world of difference when you begin your trip. Travelling during the early morning or late at night can not only be exhausting but it can also affect your eating and sleeping habits.
Opting to travel during the day, such as late morning and during the afternoon can be easier and stress free. Transport schedules will be running at full capacity so you’ll be able to easily move around and make your way to hotels or excursions.
Transport links, such as flights or coaches, may be more expensive during the day rather than in the early hours, however travelling during the day usually means that there are lots of staff members on hand to support you throughout your journey.
This is also the case for non-stop flights. If possible, book a non-stop flight to minimise any potential stress of catching your connecting flight, or spending a period of time in an unfamiliar airport waiting to start the next leg of your journey.
#4 Print out all of your travel documents
Print out all of your travel documents, including flights, connections and hotel confirmation documents so you can have them at hand when you check in. If you will be navigating yourself around during your travels consider buying a map of the local area so you can keep track on your whereabouts.
It is also worth leaving a copy of your documents with a friend or family member so they can make arrangements if you experience any delays.
#5 Pack in a practical manner
While packing for every possible holiday occasion along with every possible toiletry may seem like a good idea at first, when it comes to travelling, write a list and pack light.
Try to minimise the weight of your bag by purchasing any necessary toiletries at your destination. Then see if your accommodation offers a laundry service so you can wear outfits more than once and keep the weight of your luggage down as much as possible.
However, remember to keep your medication in your carry-on bag so you can take it whenever your prescription requires. It is also worth carrying water and healthy snacks with you, so you can stay hydrated and refreshed throughout your journey.
Your senior years are a great time to visit new locations and experience new lifestyles and cultures. Follow these tips to travel well and travel safe so you can fully enjoy yourself on your next holiday!