The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping, spring is in the air. With the sun shining people want to get outside and explore new places. This is the time to go on vacation and road trips to new exciting locations. Although, as people age it becomes more difficult to be mobile, increasing anxiety about the idea of traveling long distances.
How to Be Confident in Traveling
Travel plays an important role in senior’s lives, allowing them to experience other cultures and reap the benefits of the positive health and social aspects. Those who stay healthy as they age are able to sustain active lifestyles, including traveling into their 70s, 80s, and beyond. One who travels will be healthier, which is good for the individual and society.
Before you leave, have your car or RV checked out. Get the vehicle tuned up and have the fluid levels and tire pressure checked. Pack an emergency kit with jumper cables and first aid needs. If you’re tech savvy, download the GasBuddy app on your phone.
It compares gasoline prices based on your GPS location, so you can find the cheapest option when filling up. And if you’re a member, make sure you take your AAA information in case you need roadside assistance.
Airplanes can make travel quicker but getting to and from the airport can be a lot of trouble. Airports offers cart rides for passengers with disabilities or mobility issues. They can assist you from one area of the terminal to another, just ask for one at the check-in desk of your airline. If you need help getting your bags to and from baggage claim, there are large carts you can rent and push yourself or you can hire a skycap to do it for you.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing when you’re flying. And if you have circulatory problems, you may want to wear compression stockings to help the blood flow in your legs. If you’re traveling coast to coast or internationally, make sure you get up and stretch in the aisle from time to time to help your circulation.
Seniors can have an enjoyable travel experience if they prepare well and be be mindful of what’s ahead. Basic traveling tips should be:
- Check with your doctor to find out if you need to update your vaccinations.
- Be sure to take your medications on schedule.
- Carry all necessary medications. Keep pills in their original containers.
- Practice good hygiene to protect from infection.
- Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
Regardless of what kind of adventure piques your interest – just go and do it. After all the time you’ve spent working and saving, it’s finally time to cross off a few of those bucket list trips. Aside from just being fun, traveling is good for you, especially as you age. It keeps your mind and body active, and you’re never too old to learn new things or enjoy new experiences.
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