With cheap flights available to so many exciting destinations throughout the year, getting away from the humdrum has never been easier. Being seventy-something might sound old to some people, but chances are, apart from a few aches and pains in the colder months, you feel no different to when you were forty-something. But now you’ve got more spare time – time to travel the world.
There’s plenty of advantages to being older. You are wiser; maybe it takes a little time to put the wisdom into words, but being over 70 means people make allowances. You can get away with all sorts in a quest to amuse yourself.
Travelling is better fun than playing the ailing elderly role. To make things ‘quicker’, and so you can focus on your many adventures, we’ve put together a few tips to help keep you on the straight and narrow.
No, not your car – you. These tips are to help you enjoy yourself while you’re away. We’re pretty certain you don’t need much help with the fun side of things, so this is about preparation; like preparing the ingredients for a hearty casserole. So, number one has to be about your heart and overall health. However, you feel about seeing your doctor or health care professional, you absolutely must book in for a full medical. Your travels might lead anywhere.
While a trip to Spain to sip sangria requires little effort and has no tropical diseases, you still need to be fit to travel. Plus, if you fancy going somewhere like India in the winter, or taking a cruise to some exotic place, it’s best to know where you stand before you get carried away.
Where to travel to
How much of the world do you want to see? Depending on how plugged in you are, you may or may not be aware of how much the landscape has changed. Things like conflicts, terrorism, and politics can limit travel to places you think are safe. Government websites show the latest updates. Also, while you research, check for countries with reciprocal agreements for medical care. If you are unsure where to go, check out guides online for recommendations on travel destinations for older people.
Best time to explore
As you’re wise, you’ll know it’s best to visit Europe in the mid or low seasons because summer heat really is a killer, it’s cheaper and quieter the rest of the year. But you also need to think about monsoons in Thailand, and extreme weather like severe storms. If you need recapping, check this out.
Don’t get stung on travel insurance
As you get older, so does your body and things start to go wrong. Many older people have medical conditions. To avoid being caught out be aware there is special type of travel insurance called medical travel insurance for this. This will take into account your pre-existing medical conditions which is important because should you need medical care abroad the insurer will not be liable for the cost of any treatment if you have not declared these conditions. Research about travel insurance for over 70s and you’ll easily find a policy right for you.
Finally, relax. Take time to stop and enjoy it
Vineyard tours, seeing the pyramids, even finding the best restaurants and bars can all take it of you. Don’t try to see the world in one week. Stop and smell the foreign roses, see how the locals while away the afternoon; take time to enjoy every second. And remember, the usual rules apply; no roaming dark alleyways after dark, leave those pearls on your dresser, and don’t carry lots of cash.