Wellness and safety tips for senior travellers


Retiring and entering your senior years doesn't mean simply sitting back and watching the world go by - far from it! You have a wealth of opportunities before you, and travelling to all the places you were never able to visit while you were working all the time can be one of the most fulfilling.

Being a little older shouldn't impede you from enjoying international travel in any significant way. It just means that you have to keep a few things in mind regarding health and safety that you might not have worried about a few decades ago. Know and stick to these best practices and you'll have a fantastic time:

Essential health habits for seniors to remember

Your travel-related health vigilance begins before you arrive at your destination. While checking in at the airport, be sure to follow all guidelines enforced by the airline regarding medications and keep them easily accessible. USA Today also notes that because air travel can make you susceptible to blood clots, hypertension and high blood pressure - due to sitting for an extended period - it's wise to wear loose and comfortable clothing. This helps free up your circulation. In a more general sense, make sure your clothing is climate appropriate: Throw in brimmed hats and sunscreen if it's going to be hot, for example.

Throughout your journey, wherever you go, hydration is incredibly important. At a certain age, it becomes a more significant hazard, with the potential to reduce your body's essential minerals and blood sugar. Drink water regularly, and stick to bottled water if you're going anywhere remote that might have questionable H20 quality.

Also, Independent Traveler recommends that you be extra careful with your culinary choices. While you don't have to cut all traces of indulgence from your meals - you're on vacation, after all - keep overly spicy, dairy-filled and rich foods to a minimum.

Safety - last but not least

According to Independent Traveler, without being careful, senior citizens can be easy targets for thieves and scam artists who focus on travellers. But you'll likely be just fine if you look out for yourself and be prepared.

For one, the source advises taking out an emergency medical travel insurance policy. The price is well worth the security you'll have knowing that should the unexpected happen, be it a slip-and-fall or a debilitating illness, you'll be covered for any costs that may result from your treatment.

Consider leaving your valuables at home. If you elect to bring them, your hotel management may have a safe or deposit box in which to store them - along with your passport.

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