If you ever need to travel with a senior, whether due to your work as a nurse, or because you are taking a family member on vacation, then chances are you might be a little apprehensive about the experience, but with these top tips, there is no need at all to worry about your trip!
1. The Early Bird Catches the Flight (Comfortably)
When traveling with seniors, the adage 'the early bird gets the worm' should be your mantra. Get to the airport or train station early. Why? More time to navigate through check-ins, security, and those seemingly endless airport corridors. Plus, it's a great excuse to grab a coffee and people-watch. Remember, seniors often move at a more, shall we say, 'leisurely' pace.
2. Comfort is King (and Queen)
Comfort is not just a luxury; it's a necessity. This means choosing direct flights to avoid layovers, booking aisle seats for easy access, and ensuring accommodations are senior-friendly (think elevators, not spiral staircases). It's like choosing a cashmere blanket over a burlap sack – both do the job, but one does it so much better.
3. Insurance: Don’t Leave Home Without It
Travel insurance is a must, especially for seniors. Look for policies, like the ones at Generali, that cover pre-existing conditions and ensure medical care is included. It's the travel equivalent of a safety net – you hope you won't need it, but boy, are you glad it's there when you do.
4. Pack the Essentials, Then Pack Some More
Medications? Check. Comfortable shoes? Check. A hat that looks like it’s seen more decades than you? Check. Pack all the essentials, and then double-check. Organize medications in a pill organizer (bonus points for labeling them with days and times). Comfort is key, so those orthopedic shoes might not be runway-worthy, but they're sightseeing-gold.
5. Plan but Be Flexible
Having a plan is great, but flexibility is your secret weapon. Keep itineraries loose. Maybe a day of museum-hopping is followed by a more relaxed day. And always have a plan B. Sometimes a quiet day in a café watching the world go by is just as enriching as seeing the seventh wonder of the world.
6. Snacks, Snacks, and More Snacks
Never underestimate the power of snacks. Travel can disrupt meal routines, and you don’t want to deal with hunger-induced grumpiness. It's like traveling with a toddler, but with stronger opinions on coffee quality.
7. Embrace Technology (but Bring Backup)
Tech can be a great aid. Use apps for navigation, reservations, and translations. But remember, seniors and technology have a love-hate relationship. Have paper maps and written addresses as backups. Sometimes old-school is the best school.
8. Cherish the Moments
Last but not least, cherish these moments. Listen to their stories, learn from their wisdom, and laugh at their jokes (even if you’ve heard them a hundred times). Traveling with a senior isn’t just about the destination; it’s about the journey and the precious memories you create together.
Yeah, you may need to do a bit more planning than usual, but there is no reason why traveling with a senior need be any more difficult for you!