If you want to travel, you should not worry about anything except packing the right outfits and leave! People may tell you that you are too old to be hopping on planes or to be exploring the world. To them, you should say: ‘As long as I can breathe, nothing is stopping me from doing what I want.
You might have already been to a few places or you might have never had the chance to, which is okay because it is never too late to do the things you always wanted to, and if that includes taking a picture next to the leaning tower of Pisa, then let’s book you the next flight to Italy!
When it comes to travel, there are no age limits or barriers that can stop you… The only barrier is located within our minds, thinking that once we reach a specific age, we can’t go anywhere besides our backyards – I know, so wrong!
But since your safety comes first, of course, there are a few tips that you need to follow in order to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. So go ahead and figure out which destinations you want to head to, and let us take care of things you should consider.
Book a non-stop flight
First thing you should do is looking online for flights in order to schedule the one that fits your agenda, but in that process, make sure to search only for non-stop flights in order to minimize the risk of a missed connection and to also decrease the total travel time.
However, it may cost a higher fare, but it is still a much better option. After all, you are paying money to buy your comfort and your time.
Keep in mind that the key to making your travel plan easier is planning the trip accordingly with your needs, so make sure to consider everything!
Look for senior discounts
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There are many airlines that offer discounts for senior people, so make sure to look for them. However, don’t look for them too much because you could end up falling for a scam.
If you find one, then make sure it is a legal and a legit website that doesn’t look sketchy. If there are reviews, then make sure to read them all and if you had one single doubt about it, then ignore it completely.
You can even call the airline and make sure if there are discounts, and only then when you can trust giving them your money.
One of the most important steps during the booking process is to check the disability options if they were necessary. We can’t deny that traveling can be a little exhausting, so if it is going to help, then please don’t hesitate to check their option and pick the one you would need the most.
Airlines like Southwest allow their clients to select disability options during the booking process, while other airlines, like Delta, requires the costumes to contact them by phone in order to select your options separately.
In case you truly need this option, then you might consider traveling with a younger family member or a friend that would help you throughout the entire trip.
Pick the right time of the day for travel
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Again, we have to admit that traveling at the age of 60 is not the same as traveling at the age of 30, so you have to make sure that the time of travel suits your energy and ability to handle standing in the security line and waiting for the plane in case it was delayed.
We recommend traveling early afternoon or mid-morning, you should completely avoid nights and early mornings because they can be too exhausting.
Plus, traveling in mid-day will give you a chance to wake up with no rush and even have your morning scone peacefully before the hustle starts.
Don’t forget your medications
Before even packing your clothes, make a list of all the medications you need, have a special carry-on or handbag that you can keep with you in the plane, and fill it with them – This tip applies on all travelers, both young and old.
You never know when you may need your medications or if the hour of taking a specific pill occurs while you are still in the sky. Also, you need to keep a list of dosages in case you needed to visit a doctor during the trip.
These are the main things that should never be ignored or forgotten, take them very seriously and again, keep them in a bag with you at all times!
This tip also applies to all travelers, but especially on those that are prone to experience medical issues during their trip.
When you are over the age of 60, you might need travel insurance that would cover for pre-existing and possible medical conditions, and that’s why you need to find one with a policy that would allow you to enjoy your trip with peace of mind while knowing you are well taken care of.
So get on the Internet and start shopping for travel insurance that would suit you. Here are a few important things to keep in mind:
• The destination you picked matters when it comes to the cost.
• Standard travel insurance covers people who are 64 old and less.
• If you are dealing with diabetes or heart conditions, then you need the insurance for pre-existing conditions.
• Your risk of getting an injury increases when you are older, and that’s especially important if you are interested to be involved in sporting activities.
In the end, make sure to have everything planned and organized, ask the hotel you booked to pick you up from the airport, and never hesitate to ask for help whenever you need it, but most importantly, make sure to have fun!