Life after retirement can be the perfect time to start traveling to all the places you’ve always wanted to go. Travel is safer and easier for seniors than it has ever been before, with many airlines and travel companies providing discounts and special packages. For the most part, traveling as a senior citizen isn’t that different from traveling as a younger man or woman, but there are still some things that need to be kept in mind. Almost all of this has to do with your health. Older adults experiencing sciatica pain, arthritis and other age-related health conditions can have some difficulty while traveling, but they may also find that they have trouble recovering from jet lag and changes in climate that are part of traveling around the world.
All of this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t travel as a senior citizen. Like we said before, life after retirement lends itself ideally for planning your perfect vacation. The trick is knowing what to expect now that you’re older. Here are a few things that might help you in the planning process.
Know Your Destination
You obviously should know where you are going before you leave, but knowing your destination means more than that. You should know about the area’s climate, its altitude and how much physical activity will be required of you on your vacation. If the weather is too much hotter or colder than what you’re expecting, it could turn out to be too much for you to handle. A high altitude can also affect any number of health problems that have been kept under control for the most part at home. Finally, you should know if your prime vacation spot is prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding.
Talk to Your Doctor
Everybody should see a doctor at least four to six weeks before traveling, and that especially goes for senior citizens. If you’re planning a major vacation, chances are that you’re healthy enough for travel, but it’s always a good idea to make sure. You might learn something that you didn’t know before that could save your life.
Being up-to-date with your vaccinations is also important if you plan to travel out of the country. Disease such as measles, mumps and the seasonal flu may be dismissed as “childhood diseases” by some people, but they are also more common in other parts of the world than they are in the United States. It’s always best to err on the side of caution. Keep in mind that some vaccinations will be restricted based on age or preexisting conditions. Discuss all of your travel plans with your doctor, and if necessary plan for alternatives to certain vaccines.
As scary as exotic diseases from other countries may be, the most common cause of death among travelers is injury. Naturally, most of these injuries are easily preventable. Depending on any health conditions they may have, some seniors may be more prone to injury than others. Always remember to wear a seat belt when traveling in a vehicle, avoid traveling in questionable areas after dark and try to travel with somebody if you can. Finally, it will help to buy supplemental travel health insurance if you are traveling overseas, as many insurance companies won’t cover injuries suffered outside of the United States.
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