One of the many rewarding aspects of growing older is the increased level of freedom you can enjoy. Children are grown, and perhaps you're retired or only working part-time. While hobbies and relaxation are welcome aspects of your new lifestyle, now is also a time for great adventures! We have compiled 8 great travel safety tips for seniors.
Travel is amazing as a senior. You now understand the value of slowing down, taking things in and experiencing your travels on a deeper level. You may laugh as you watch the college backpackers and young families rushing about at a frantic pace, trying to pack in too many activities and see and do everything.
Travel is rewarding, but like travel for anyone else, there are safety issues to consider. As a senior, you may have different concerns than a college student, as well as many of the same. Following some basic safety tips when you're out and about will make your time more relaxed and enjoyable.
Planning Your Trip
Knowledge is power, and it's important that you know as much about your destination as possible. This includes any issues that may come up such as transportation, accessibility and security. A good idea is to try plan your trip with someone - so you have a sounding board for ideas and advice on your trip.
Insurance Is A Necessity
Don't travel without it. Should you become ill or injured on your trip, it's vital you have coverage. Don't assume your current insurance coverage will take care of you while you travel, especially overseas.
Let People Know Where You Are Going
Leave copies of your itinerary with at least one family member. This is especially the case if you are travelling solo. Be sure loved ones have the name, number and address of your hotel.
Leave Your Valuables At Home
Any traveller can be a victim of theft, but thieves often target seniors. It's a good idea to leave valuables at home, and keep your packing simple. Avoid carrying a lot of bulky bags. Aim for simple, sleek and safe. Choose a purse or pack that zips securely when you are out sightseeing. Don't wear flashy watches or jewellery, as they will attract attention. Dress simply and don't weigh yourself down with extra bags that make you look like a tourist.
When you leave your hotel, don't put the housekeeping placard on your door, this lets would-be thieves know you aren't in the room. Leave a message with the desk to let them know they can clean your room.
Be Aware Of Common Scams In The Area You'll Be Visiting
A little research ahead of time will yield a wealth of results. People often leave reviews for destinations, hotels, neighbourhoods and attractions about different scams that may be common in the area you are visiting. Be prepared. Be vigilant and trust your gut if something doesn't seem right.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
This is a must, both for comfort and for safety. Flat shoes with non-skid soles are a good choice. Don't be tempted to wear heels, you'll be more likely to twist an ankle and wind up spending your trip at the hotel.
Pack Your Medications On Your Carry On
This is a must. Don't risk being without your medications in the event the airlines misplace your bags. It's also a good idea to have all your medications and dosages written down in the event you need refills when you are gone. Things happen, so it's always a good idea to be prepared.
Take Care Of Yourself
Be sure you get enough water, food and rest. It's easy when sightseeing to forget to eat or take medications or stop and rest. The problem is overdoing it can affect the rest of your trip. Pace yourself and enjoy your adventure.
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