Travel Tips When Traveling with Retirees
Being a retiree is a bit of a conundrum, in the sense that you finally have all that time and - with the help of a regular social security paycheck - money to finally go out and travel the world, yet you are unable to do so because you are hindered by a body that has already seen better days. Fortunately, it does not have to be this way.
It is true that old age takes its toll on the body, but it doesn’t necessarily prevent a retiree from going out and enjoying travel vacations, something that he or she rightfully deserves after all the years of toil and patience. Nowadays, older people are starting to become more active and to do more things that they finally have the means to do. It may be a cliché, but when it comes to travel, age is just a number.
Things to Remember
There is an abundance of safe and fun travel opportunities for seniors, and here are a few things retirees need to keep in mind if they want to gear up for a much-deserved world travel:
Don’t Be Afraid to Go On Soft Adventures
“Soft Adventures” is a term that people in the travel industry have coined in order to refer to trips that are more exciting and adventurous than simply taking pictures in front of famous landmarks, yet not as risky as demanding activities like mountain climbing or white water rafting. Soft Adventures are ideal for retirees who want to feel the rush of adventure without actually putting themselves in danger.
Some examples of Soft Adventures include riding a dug-out canoe in Papua New Guinea, Riding a Camel across the Sahara, or meeting Lions and Tigers from within the safety of a caged or armored vehicle. These types trips give retirees the chance to do something way out of the ordinary and experience a little bit of adrenaline rush without putting them in actual physical danger.
Of course, retirees need to know their limits, or rather, their OWN limits. Old age takes different kinds of toll on different bodies – where some people start to lose mobility, others remain lithe but lose the ability to handle shock and duress. It is important to undergo regular medical checkup and consult with your doctor, in order to get a clear idea on just how much you can push your body.
It is important to keep an itinerary of the activities that you plan on doing, and to run it by your physician first, so that he can advice you on which ones are safe to take, or how to make certain ones safe for your condition.
Take Advantage of Your Flexible Schedule
One of the benefits of being a retiree is that you have a much more flexible schedule, due to the fact that you no longer have to work. You can turn this into a huge perk since It allows you to travel anytime you want, which means you can save money by traveling during off-peak seasons, as well as agencies and sites that offer last minute promos and deals on packages. It’s definitely easier to keep track and snag these things now that you no longer need to clear your plans with your employer a couple of months in advance.
Access to Medical Care Should Be of Utmost Importance
You need to ensure that in all your trips, you’ll have easy access to medical care. This is very important for everybody regardless of age, but it’s doubly important for retirees or seniors.
If you can’t bring a doctor (or your doctor) along on your travels, it would be more prudent to just research the places you’re going to visit and find out where the nearest medical facilities are, and keep emergency phone numbers handy.
If you want to have a doctor nearby during majority of the travel time, you should stick with a Cruise, as it will always have a doctor on duty to deal with emergencies. Those who are traveling via a packaged tour offered by organizations should check out if their package has contingencies in place for medical emergencies. Those who specialize in retiree travel will almost always have this, and it is important to familiarize yourself with their system.
Keep Everything in Order and at the Ready
Doublecheck paperwork related to insurance and medicare, as you don’t want to be caught off guard by policies or stipulations that may apply to pre-existing conditions. It’s also better if you can get your medical history in writing so that in case something happens to you in transit, doctors don’t have to start from scratch or guess what is going on.
As for your medications, keep them in a carry on bag and keep them in your person at all times. Do not put them in your luggage, as they have a tendency to get delayed due to baggage checks or other unavoidable protocols during travel. There is also the possibility that a luggage may get lost or stolen. You don’t want your medication to disappear along with them.
Don’t Count Hostels Out
While hostels are usually more associated with backpacking 20-somethings, hostels are actually perfect for retirees for a wide variety of reasons. First, it’s WAY cheaper than going on a cruise, even if you go for the more expensive hostels. Second, bellhops and room service can provide seniors with the necessary assistance that they need, so that they don’t have to go hobbling all over the place for simple tasks.
Keep Seasons in Mind
One of the disadvantages of being a senior is that you become more prone to changes in climate. So try to gauge what your body is more suited to, and pick seasons and locations that would give you that kind of climate. For example, retirees who prefer warmer locations could go to Egypt, Costa Rica, and major parts of South East Asia. Retirees who would rather deal with colder climes can go to Nova Scotia or Alaska. There should be no