Health Tips for Senior Travelers


th3Z5YA7TJ              Vacations are just around the corner and it’s a great time for seniors to take that long-awaited trip.

Families with young children are getting back into their school routines clearing the way for peaceful travel without the crush and long lines of summer travel experiences.

But take a tip from me. The last time we traveled we suffered from a bit of travel fatigue. All the little tasks that travel can require wore us out. We needed help buying subway and train tickets, we were surprised by long walks we didn’t expect and were generally worn out after a few days in a large European city.

Don’t let your vacation be ruined. Plan ahead and make wise choices for your upcoming travels and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy every minute of your vacation time.

Consult a travel agent to find package deals that are both less costly and provide the kind of travel support you’ll need. Ask about reduced fares, accommodations for your travel needs such as wheelchairs, special seating, elevators instead of stairs and the like. The more you know about the challenges you’ll face the less fear of the unknown.

See your medical professionals before traveling. See your general physician to discuss your current medications and how to prepare them for the trip. Know the level of activity you can handle and be sure to carry a list of your medications with you in case you need to see a physician while away. Be sure your vaccinations are up to date and see your optician and dentist to prevent problems while traveling. Carry an extra pair of glasses if you wear them. 

Discuss preventative measures such as ways to avoid DVT, deep vein thrombosis while traveling by air. You may want to take an aspirin before a flight or wear elastic stockings to keep your legs and circulation healthy. Wear unrestrictive clothing while flying and be sure to walk and move your feet and legs via exercises at regular intervals.

Choose accommodations and transportation carefully. You may want to pay a bit more to hire a cab rather than take trains or buses. You may choose a bus tour which lessens the need for you to find your own way through confusing subway or train routes. You may be able to schedule special seating or wheelchairs ahead of your arrival time. Select a hotel with a hospitality desk to ensure you’ll have the information you need. An elevator is not always available so ask before booking your room.

Buy travel insurance and carry medical records with you. Be sure to have several days’ worth of your medications with you as you travel and not in your checked baggage. Do a bit of research to see if your travel country has reciprocal medical agreements with your home country. 

Pack as light as you can, especially in your carry-on bags. You may even want to check all but a small bag with essential items as airports can be large and the times between flights short. 

Overseas travel is both exciting and challenging. It can prove to be a wonderful experience, however, if you plan ahead and select modes of travel, your housing arrangements and your daily activities with care. You may find that package tours are the way to go as they do all the up front planning for you. Another choice is to rent a house or apartment in an area and settle in for several weeks or months at a time. You’ll benefit from getting to know an area more intimately and you’ll meet local residents to enrich your experience. 

Don’t let minor health concerns keep you from enjoying your senior years by seeing a bit of the world. There are many ways to minimize the stressors of travel. You can do it.

Here are several websites to help you with your vacation planning:

Better Health

Aging Care

Air Travel Tips