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Seven Travel Tips for Seniors

senior travelTraveling can prove to be a daunting task for even the sprightliest of mind and able-bodied youngster. But as we grow older, there are a few basic facts of life that really have to be taken into account if we are planning our travels. This article aims at alerting your attention to the seven points that every senior traveler should check before going anywhere.
1. Package Tour Rather Than Independent Travel Arrangements
If you can, try to book your travel arrangements through one tour operator, rather than dealing with each element of travel separately. This would then place a duty of care on the tour operator you have booked your vacation through; not to mention the fact that they will guide you through each stage of your journey (e.g. from plane to coach transfer to the hotel). This takes a lot of the pressure off you when traveling.
2. Declare Pre-existing Medical Conditions
Ensure you book adequate travel insurance for your trip and this means making sure you declare all of your pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance company. Never presume that an insurance company is there to assist the elderly if and when anything were to go wrong on their trip; they are heartless and soulless money-making-machines who will not think twice about turning down a payment to a senior citizen based on a convenient legal loophole in their favor.
3. Health and Medication
If you have any concerns about your health before you travel, visit your doctor for a check-up and for their agreement over your arrangements. If you are taking any prescribed medicines, it is imperative to make sure you have enough to last you for the whole time you are away and for a couple of days after your return—to allow you some time to rest and relax after the journey.
4. Short-haul Rather That Long-haul
If you have a say over the duration of your flight, try to plug for short-haul travel over long-haul. As we get older, long-haul flights really can take it out of us. However, if you have no choice but to take a long-haul flight, try to book extra legroom seats on the plane (they will be a little more expensive but are definitely worth the extra). Keep on drinking juice and water throughout the flight; avoid all alcohol and get up and walk around a few times throughout the flight.
5. Be Sensible With Your Luggage
It is always a huge temptation to pack extra for a vacation, but as we get a little older we have to be more sensible about what we are able to feasibly carry. If you will have access to laundry facilities at the other end, you can reduce the amount of clothing you pack significantly. If no laundry services will be available to you, pack just enough clothes for each day. Avoid any items that in your heart-of-hearts you know you can do without during the vacation.
6. Protecting Your Valuable and Ostentatious Displays of Wealth
Once you reach your vacation destination, pack any valuables in a safe as soon as you can and only ever carry with you what you need for the day. It is always a good idea to keep your money and valuables in money belt—closer to your person. Never walk around exhibiting expensive clothing and/or jewellery. You may well be putting a sign around your neck saying “I’m vulnerable and ready to be robbed”.
7. Taking Care of Yourself Whilst on Vacation
Firstly, when you get to your destination, allow yourself some time to relax and recharge your batteries. Then while on vacation, follow some common sense health and safety tips: these include checking to make sure the water is potable and avoiding street vendors who sell food. Always know that your food is being prepared in a hygienic and reputable environment. Diarrhea can prove to be even more serious for seniors; therefore, you really need to do what you can to avoid the condition.

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