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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Pack light. Don’t get bogged down by
    excess luggage. Pack only what you need,
    including medications, in a carry-on bag.
  6. Consider a cruise. Cruises combine
    food, entertainment and comfortable
    rooms in one convenient package.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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