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Saturday, November 30, 2019

5 Handy Travel Hacks For Seniors

Growing old can be a time to celebrate life with some much-needed leisure time during our retirement years. Of course, we tend to take things a little slower when we get older, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some adventures! For those senior citizens who are getting ready for a holiday jaunt, here come a few tips to get organised.

1 . Look out for senior discounts

When it comes to travel, there are plenty of discounts to access- from senior discount airfare to reduced prices on cruises or trains. Of course, you’ll want to save all the money that you can to buy yourself some lovely souvenirs of your trip. Have a shop around for the best discounts online before making a decision. Discounts will vary significantly between each airline, so price comparison websites may come in handy. You can always get your family to help you if you’re unsure.

2. Keep medications with you

Remember, keep your medications in your hand luggage as opposed to any baggage that you are checking in. Should the worst happen and your checked baggage gets lost, you won’t want to go without the medication. It might be the case that you end up needing the medication during a longer flight. Before you leave for your trip, it can be a good idea to ask your doctor for some extra medication. In the event of flights being delayed, you’ll want to have extra just in case. Before you leave, write down all of your medications incase you do need a trip to the doctor while you’re away.

3. Keep it relaxed

When you’re travelling, of course, you’ll have lots of sights that you want to see and experience. Yet, remember to keep things relaxed and take it easy. If you have a busy sight-seeing day, make the next day as relaxing as you can to balance things out. It’s great to get exercise on a vacation, but you’ll need to rest too. When the weather is hot, ensure to drink plenty of water and take enough breaks to rest. Know your limits, and take cabs instead of walking when you feel tired.

4. Travel with family 

Sometimes, senior citizens will need a little support when travelling. Whether it’s your itinerary, money, or carrying luggage; travelling with family members can be a great idea to provide you with that support.  Cruises, in particular, can be a great choice for all the family. On a cruise, you don’t have to worry too much about the planning as the destinations and activities are usually pre-planned for you. With this in mind, cruises can be an excellent option for senior citizens.

5. Be Vigilant 

Of course, whether you’re a senior or not, you always have to be vigilant when you’re travelling. Unfortunately, tourists will be a target for theft in some destinations. Some tourists like the option of buying money belts that are close to their body to deter thieves. Keep a charged mobile phone with you at all times and pre-plan your journeys so that you are always clued up on your whereabouts.

Getting older doesn't have to mean slowing down or staying home. Travel can be just as fun and still budget-friendly. Do you have a travel wish list for when  you retire?

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