8 TIPS FOR Senior Travelers
Few demographics have the free time
and the financial capacity to travel as
much as retirees. Now that children
have flown the coop and retirement papers
have been filed, the world is many seniors’
According to a survey from AARP, travel
is a top goal for more than 80 percent of
Baby Boomers. Children may find that
encouraging their aging parents to travel can
promote more independence and help them
live fulfilling lives in retirement.
These tips can make travel easier for any
senior ready to see the world.
- Seek the most direct route. Traveling
may be a bit easier to endure when the
route is as short and direct as possible.
It may cost a little more to book nonstop
flights or travel during peak hours, but
that investment may be worth it.
- Choose senior-friendly travel
services. Working with a trusted travel
advisor is often easier than booking
your travel yourself. Travel agents often
have inside information and may be
privy to perks and discounts. Plus, they
can streamline the process, ensuring all
you need to do is go along for the fun.
- Senior discounts are waning. Most
airlines have done away with senior
discounts. In 2013, the price comparison
resource Fare Compare looked at senior
discounts of various airlines and found
most of them were unreliable.
- Inquire about accessibility. If
mobility is an issue or if there are any
disabilities, contact your carrier and hotel
or tour company and be sure that there
will be accessibility arrangements, such
as wheelchair access or ground-level
- Pack light. Don’t get bogged down by
excess luggage. Pack only what you need,
including medications, in a carry-on bag.
- Consider a cruise. Cruises combine
food, entertainment and comfortable
rooms in one convenient package.
- Manage medications. If prescription
medications are needed, be sure to
consult with the doctor and pharmacy
about getting a supply that will last the
course of the trip.
- Bring along a companion. You may
feel more comfortable bringing along one
of your children, another young relative or
a close friend, especially if you are traveling
internationally. This extra person can help
navigate and ensure all your needs are met.
Seniors have the opportunity to travel
more and can make such travel easier in
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