The Senior Traveller

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“Age only matters if you’re a cheese” –Rick Steves’ Europe

Travelling at any age is a great adventure and time to indulge in all life has to offer. As life expectancy increases so does the age at which people continue to travel. Once retired from work and once children and grandchildren have grown, the time to travel becomes more accessible. However it is important to keep in mind that travelling at an older age carries its own risks.

Existing health conditions could make this traveller more vulnerable to disease; it is therefore important to check in with your doctor before booking your trip. This will ensure you standard vaccines are up to date and you’re healthy enough for travel; leaving nothing to worry about but your itinerary.

Elderly travellers should be cautious of sitting too long on a bus or airplane. Symptoms of phlebitis (inflammation of the vein) is common on prolonged trips. Travellers should get up and walk around often and ensure they are well hydrated. If you cannot get up, then exercises of the lower calf and thighs while sitting is a good alternative. Support or compression stockings can be helpful.

Recommendations for this group of travellers:

  • Have a complete medical exam prior to leaving.
  • Seek travel health advice a minimum of 4-6 weeks before travel.
  • Ensure if you take any medications that you carry more than enough for your trip
  • Bring an extra pair of eye glasses if you require them
  • Adequate travel insurance that includes evacuation insurance, which covers the expense of getting you to adequate medical care in case of an emergency
  • Pack lightly.
  • Think about concerns such as stairs, if they are a problem request a room that is on the ground floor. Consider travel time when you book your hotel location (ie close to city center)

For more information on “Savvy Seniors” Please the corresponding link : Rick Steve’s Europe