Senior citizens may no longer possess the exuberance of youth to help them undertake daily tasks as effectively as they once used to. As such, cooking, cleaning, driving, and regular household chores become difficult. Some seniors find that their mobility is reduced, as is their stamina and pain tolerance. So, for the seniors who are still young at heart and contemplating traveling solo, either to a domestic or international location, keep in mind some factors before you undertake any planning.
While solo senior travel is a decision that should not be taken lightly, the good news is that they can travel to almost any destination in the world if planned for in the right way. Seniors can enjoy a hassle-free and exciting holiday if they follow the below guide and ensure all needs are taken care of with a little preparation.
Find budget-friendly tours or holiday packages
This is of primary importance; after all, most seniors live on a pension. During retirement, seniors may not be drawing in a fixed salary and the pension amount may not be as much as they used to earn previously. So, they must undertake careful and deep research to identify those tours and holiday packages that are easy on the wallet. You must also be wary of scammers and fake tour operators who cheat the elderly out of their money by making false deals and promises. Make sure that you spend a reasonable amount on your tour package and still have enough money to spend while on holiday.
Research the destination of your choice
Once you have zeroed in on a destination of your choosing, you must research for details about it. Is it senior-friendly? Is it senior-accessible? Is it wheelchair-accessible? Is the hotel you will be staying at adequately furnished for your needs? Can the hotel offer an on-hand staff member for emergency assistance? Are all the public transport options in the city/country within walking distance and senior-accessible? These are important questions to think over and ask, since you will be traveling alone instead of in a group. Your well-being while on holiday should be important considerations.
Explore the destination safely
There are many things seniors can do to explore their destination safely and securely. Always limit your explorations and excursions to the day time, and avoid venturing out of your hotel alone at night. When getting around, make sure to stick to areas that have a high density of public, that is, avoid secluded or remote regions, especially if you are a woman. Solo travel for senior women, can be tricky so never be afraid to ask for help if you are unsure, lost, or require any assistance whatsoever.
It is also advisable to carry a map of the area with you, as well as a cellular phone with connectivity to the Internet. Avoid adventures that will likely result in an injury, such as hiking, climbing, or other sporting activities. Similarly, avoid exerting yourself too much, stay hydrated, and avoid fast-paced sightseeing tours that you cannot keep up with.
Update your family back at home
Seniors may wish to go on a solo travel experience, but that does not mean they need to leave their family uninformed. Whether it is a son, granddaughter, or spouse, you can stay in touch with them digitally throughout your dream vacation. Carrying a smartphone with keep family members informed of your location at all times is a must. This can be via text messages or selfies that you click in front of the Eiffel Tower. Therefore, it is essential for seniors to learn how to use a smartphone if they don’t already. It can help your family worry less and keep you connected with them at all times.
Secure all medical needs
Seniors suffering from ailments such high blood pressure or asthma must ensure that you carry your medications with you when you travel. Medications must be carried them with even when navigating the city being visited and not left back in the hotel or lodgings. Emergencies arise without warning, so one needs to be well prepared to tackle them at all times. Sometimes, one may not find the exact same medication in the international destination they’re in, so it is advisable to carry enough of your medications from home so that they last for a bit longer than the stay duration.