Seniors who journey to other countries often have many safety and health concerns. Unlike young backpackers who can hike non-stop for miles, eat anything and sleep anywhere, traveling seniors must consider their vulnerabilities. My parents are both seniors and they continue to travel a great deal. We also take trips as a family, and with our kids, so we need to find destinations and activities our whole family can enjoy. Here are some uncommon tips may help senior travelers who may experience the unexpected during their next venture into another country.
With flight schedules, weather and other unpredictable happenings, you never know when you’ll be delayed getting home. Take enough daily prescription medications to last through the days of your journey. Then add an extra week’s worth. Keep all prescription in your carry-on in case luggage is lost or mis-routed.
Along with the medications, have a copy of signed doctors’ prescription forms for each item. Carry the medications in their original prescription bottles if possible. Some prescribed drugs, especially pain medications, may be considered controlled substances in other countries, having everything in order may prevent hassles. Keep another copy in your suitcase. Be prepared to display them at airport security and customs inspections.
Before you travel to another country, be sure yours is up to date and handy to show. Make two copies of the information page in the passport. Leave a copy at home with your family, plus another in your suitcase. This will greatly help in the event yours is lost or stolen. Never allow your original passport out of your control. Always make sure you use some kind of protective wallet – you can find some at travelcollectivegroup.
Before you leave home, check with your insurance agent and/or travel rep about the various types of insurance that will protect you in all travel contingencies. For example, you may opt to buy insurance to cover trip cancellation, evacuation in case of disaster and personal property losses.
Though you may be covered by Medicare in the U.S., make sure you have sufficient additional health and accident insurance for the unexpected. You may need coverage in case of emergency treatment and hospitalization in a foreign country.
Travel With Others
Don’t be a loner: Book your trip to a foreign country with a group. You have choices of going with a church, alumni, age, gender or any other special group of like-minded travelers. You’ll make new friends, and as you wander through the foreign countries together, you’ll be much safer.
Watch What You Eat
In foreign countries, young backpackers can eat from street vendors or pick fruit from native trees with no ill effects. Traveling seniors don’t have that luxury. Stick with well-cooked food in clean restaurants and drink only bottled water.
Consider a Cruise For Maximum Sightseeing With Minimum Effort
The best way for seniors to travel to other countries is in a large, modern cruise ship. You can eliminate much of the hassle of taxis, buses and trains. This is especially convenient if you have any physical limitations. Once aboard, you’re only steps or wheels away from everything, including dining, entertainment, spas and pools.
Spend a little extra for your cruise to book a balcony cabin. In total privacy, you can enjoy day and night ocean views. You can also watch exciting scenes as the ship approaches and departs from port visits. Another great fun part of a cruise is that you can choose to go ashore on excursions, or just hang around the ship to sun, spa and swim.