One of the best things about retiring is the amount of time you now have to travel. All those places you wanted to go to but you never had time are suddenly there for the taking– so take them! You’ve worked hard your entire life for this chance to see the world. Plus with years of wisdom under your belt, you are more capable of fully enjoying your trips.
However, there’s no denying the challenges that come with traveling when you’re older. Your health may not be what it used to be and thieves commonly choose seniors as targets. If you want to travel safer and smarter, be sure to do these five things.
1. Take care of your meds.
When you travel, your sense of routine goes out the door with you. While there’s no harm in sleeping in a little later while on vacation, there is another part of your routine you should never neglect: your medicine. Take care of your medication as you would your passport and wallet. Keep it on yourself as you travel and put it somewhere easily accessible once you’ve settled in your hotel room. You may even find it helpful to set an alarm on your phone that will remind you when it’s time to take them.
You should also prepare for the worst case scenario– that you lose your pills and have to find replacements. Write down the names of your drugs, the generic names, the dosages, and how often you take them. If you’re traveling to a place where English is not common, do a little research and figure out what your drugs are called in your destination country.
2. Pay for the insurance.
When you buy your plane tickets and book your hotels, be sure to put the extra $100-$200 towards travel insurance. Seniors are more likely to get sick or injured and travel insurance can help you ease your worries about that happening while you’re on the road (so to speak). Travel insurance will also protect your investment in your trip. If something comes up and you can’t make it, you can reschedule without financial loss.
3. Eat with your health in mind.
One of the best things about traveling is experiencing new cuisines and restaurants as you explore your destination. While you shouldn’t forgo that opportunity because of your age, it’s important to be realistic. Your digestive system probably isn’t what it used to be, so sampling a super spicy curry or wolfing down a basket of fries with mayonnaise wouldn’t be the wisest idea. You don’t want to spend the majority of your vacation in the hotel room nursing an upset stomach, so be very selective with your meals and eat everything with your well-being in mind.
4. Keep a low profile.
If you want to avoid being a target for criminals, your best offense is a good defense. Don’t make your absence known when you leave your hotel room. Instead of putting a “please clean” sign on your door, politely call the hotel’s desk and request a cleaning. This way wandering thieves won’t know you’re away while they’re prowling through hotels. Traveling isn’t the time to show off your new Rolex or diamond earrings. Leave the big ticket items at home in your safe.
5. Secure your home.
Since you’ve left your most valued belongings at home– but are they safe there? If you don’t have a trusted house sitter looking after your place while you’re gone, you will need to provide extra security to make sure there isn’t a break in while you’re gone. Place a hold on your mail for the duration of your trip. A stuffed mailbox screams “no one’s home” to thieves. Put motion detectors on your outside lights to help deter burglars. If they do come in anyways, have all your valuables locked in a safety deposit box or safe so they can’t get to them. However, in the end the best thing you can do is install a security system. It’s the best way to ensure your home is safe while you’re traveling so you can have peace of mind.
When you retire, the world opens up for new opportunities for travel. Taking precautions when you travel helps maintain your peace of mind so you can enjoy yourself more. Paying for insurance and a security system is a must for seniors when they travel. It’s also important to keep a low profile and take care of your health by watching what you eat and remembering your meds. If you cover these bases, your trips throughout retirement will undoubtedly go smoother.
Credit to the author: Marie Villeza from ElderImpact.org
Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.
Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.
Latest posts by Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator (see all)
- Five Travel Tips for Retirees - November 7, 2017
- Signs and Symptoms that Your Senior Might be Suffering from Arthritis - March 23, 2017
- The Importance of Diet & Exercise to the Elderly - March 15, 2017