Get Up & Go: Traveling Tips for Seniors

It turns out that you don’t need to find the fountain of youth to stay young, you just need to look for it. That’s right, traveling is not only one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it keeps our minds and bodies in tip-top shape.

As many retirees have discovered, “travel” is the answer to “What do I do now that I don’t have a regular schedule?” Doing it right lowers the risk of problems, and raises the chances of having a fantastic experience.

Tip #1: Avoid the crowds

Stay away from going too far from home during the peak seasons of high summer and holiday winter. You will save money, too.

Tip #2: Cut insurance costs

See if you can get a break on your travel insurance, which generally costs more for seniors, due to the higher risk they pose. Perhaps your own medical insurance is valid overseas. And don’t skimp on things like evacuation coverage, which will pay for at least part of the extremely high cost of getting you to the care that you may need.

Tip #3: Consider transportation

Inner city travel can be a worry. Now that you have arrived, how will you get to all those wonderful sites around town? If too much walking and climbing stairs are not a problem for you, then by all means use the amazing city subways which get you where you are going fast and easy. If you do have trouble climbing up and down those steep staircases, just take a bus, or even better, a taxi. When renting a car be careful to mention your age to avoid any surprise fees which could be tacked on if your true age were discovered.

Have a great trip!