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Savvy travel tips for seniors abroad

Whether you are planning an around the world cruise, or a city break retreat in Europe, it can be easy to forget pre-holiday checks amongst the excitement of your well-earned trip. That’s why we have created the savvy seniors travellers abroad guide, so you will remember the essentials!

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Savvy travel tips for seniors abroad

Whether you are planning an around the world cruise, or a city break retreat in Europe, it can be easy to forget pre-holiday checks amongst the excitement of your well-earned trip. That’s why we have created the savvy seniors travellers abroad guide, so you will remember the essentials!

 

Holiday booking and travel insurance

There are some great travel agents who specify in disabled and limited mobility holidays who travel to destinations around the world and who will tailor your holiday for your every need. Doing as much research as possible in advance, ideally talking to a fellow respected friend or colleague who may well have visited your preferred destination of choice.

Andy Wright, Managing Director of Accessible Travel and Leisure believes that many first-time travellers often make assumptions about the level of accessible facilities when booking their first overseas holiday.

"On other occassions, first-time travellers, especially those who are still adjusting to their new found reduced abilties or changes to their day-to-day functionaility, are often reluctant to actually detail the level of assistance that they would require."

He adds: "Preferably, book with a specialist tour operator who should have already checked out the destination in advance before selling holidays there, that way you are communicatig with somebody who has full understanding of your requirements and will be empathetic to your needs."

Some will also provide you with specialist travel insurance for the disabled and over 55’s such as All Clear insurance services who are partnered with Disabled Access Holiday Limited. It is worth taking the time and effort to find the right insurance for you.

Many mainstream insurance providers will be limited to what they can cover for you, so if you are planning to book any excursions or trips that aren’t part of your package, make sure your insurance will cover you for those.

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Pre-trip medical check-up

It’s important for everyone to make sure they are fit to fly and travel before going abroad, but more importantly for those over 55. Permanent medical conditions may require taking daily medication, so it’s worth checking with your GP whether the tablets that you are taking are OK to digest whilst travelling, especially in hotter climates.

As many will know, travel vaccinations are required before going abroad to certain countries and are available to protect you against infections such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A. Those with lower immune systems and who are more susceptible to viruses, infections and diseases should consult their doctor before booking a holiday to a place that requires vaccinations.

There are certain things to consider when planning your vaccinations:

  • Some diseases are more common at certain times of the year in certain countries, as warmer and colder climates can have a profound effect on the spread of a virus.
  • Will you be taking an adventure or outdoor holiday? You may be more vulnerable to those on a package holiday or staying in a hotel.
  • Contact with foreign animals can heighten the risk of getting a disease such as rabies.

Free travel vaccinations are usually available free on the NHS and include those of diphtheria, polio and tetanus (combined booster), typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A.  

 

 

 

Requesting assistance at the airport

Mobility assistance and individual stairlift choices aren’t restricted to the home when planning your holiday. Airport assistance is a great service to use for those with mobility issues and those restricted to a wheelchair, making your travel experience a lot more comfortable and hassle-free.

Disabled Access Holiday Limited offer a fantastic service for disabled or those with mobility issues. You can arrange wheelchair adapted taxi transfers both to and from the airport and also mobility equipment hire such as hoists, walker and mobility scooters in selected destinations through their online booking system. Covering Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and many more, be sure that you will be in safe hands when on holiday. 

 

In-flight entertainment

In-flight entertainment is certainly more technical since the start of air travel. Don’t forget a collection of books or invest in a Kindle, so you can let your mind wonder into a different world or watch a film from the selections provided, especially those found on long-haul flights. Many duty-free shops will cater for those who like to solve puzzles and crosswords or play cards.

For those who are able to get up from their seat, especially on long haul flights, it is important to keep the circulation in the lower body flowing. Sitting down for long periods of time can cause cramping in the legs and feet, as well as swollen ankles. Packing flight socks in your hold luggage  can minimise the effect air pressure has on those parts of the body and is a great way to make sure you are as comfortable and relaxed as possible when travelling. 

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What to pack

The all-important question! To be the ultimate savvy senior travelling abroad, knowing what to pack in your suitcase can benefit your holiday experience that little bit more and here are a few tips to do so:

  • If you haven’t been to your holiday destination before, ask your tour operator or look online to see recommendations of the types of clothing and other essentials that you should take, don’t assume just by looking at the pictures! Different climates require different things throughout the year, so make sure you pack wisely!
  • Read up on any airline luggage restrictions that may be implemented when flying, it will save you a lot less stress and time when you get to the airport.
  • Pack essential medications and a medical kit.
  • If you are unfortunate enough to break your glasses whilst travelling and on holiday, it would be a good idea to invest in an extra pair so you are still able to see and can continue reading your books when relaxing in the sun!

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