Travel Tips for Seniors

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Embarking on a journey can be an awesome experience, and age shouldn’t limit the joy of travel. Preparation makes the process smoother and more enjoyable for older adults seeking adventure or relaxation. 

In this post, we’ve compiled a list of travel tips for seniors so individuals and families can go on fun adventures safely and stress-free. 


Tips for the airplane or bus ride

The initial step of boarding the plane or bus can be stressful and hectic without proper organization. Here are some ways to improve your experience from the get-go: 

  • Print boarding passes: This can streamline your travel process, and it eliminates the worry about battery levels or technical issues.
  • Get to the airport or bus station early: Arriving early ensures a relaxed start to your travel adventure. This way, you can find your terminal with ease and avoid the stress of rushing. 
  • Accessibility: If your parent or grandparent is travelling without you, airports can allot passes to allow companions to aid senior individuals to the gate.
  • Get durable and comfortable gear: Travel gear that can withstand the rigors of travel will give you comfort and peace of mind. Features like 360-degree wheels and ergonomic handles will make mobility easier. 


Bringing the whole family: Tips for travelling with an older relative 

While it’s a lot of work, bringing the whole family together on a trip somewhere can be nice. It gives everyone a chance to enjoy the experience as a family unit. Here are some tips for intergenerational travel:

  • Book far in advance and ask about discounts. Reduce the stress of last minute issues and book your trip months ahead of time. This leaves you time to figure out the minor details. Ask about discounts for groups, seniors, early bird booking etc. 
  • Choose a location with something for everyone. The best way to ensure that the whole family enjoys the trip is to pick a location with something for all ages. If you have little kids tagging along, a kid-friendly resort or cruise will often have fun activities for the little ones, you and your parents or grandparents. There will also be activities everyone can enjoy together. 

Cruises typically also have a doctor on board in case of emergencies. 

  • Check with their healthcare provider. Make sure your loved one checks with their doctor before setting sail. This ensures they are physically able to ride a plane, bus or boat along with the rest of the family. 
  • Remember to consider accessibility accommodations. If your parent or grandparent has any mobility issues or requires other accommodations, consider this while booking. In this case, book over the phone instead of online. A human travel agent can help make sure everyone gets the best experience possible. 
  • Make time to rest and enjoy. Travelling with the whole family is fun, but it’s exhausting. Make some time for yourself to enjoy and relax. 


Planning and safety tips for senior travellers 

Planning tips

If you’re sending your loved one on a trip or helping with some of the planning, here are some things to remember. 

  • Ask about senior discounts: Many travel agencies offer discounts for seniors, so remember to ask about their offerings.
  • Know before you go: Do your research beforehand – it’s the best way to avoid surprises and disappointments. Get an understanding of what your trip entails and what the destinations have to offer. Guided tours are great options to see many things without the hassle of making individual bookings.
  • Travel during off-peak seasons: The best way to avoid long lines, high costs, and large crowds is to travel during the “off-seasons” (November to March for most regions in the northern hemisphere). Note that some tours and attractions might be closed.
  • Consider travel insurance: Travel insurance mitigates the risk of financial losses when travelling. It helps in the event of accidents, illness, missed flights or lost baggage. 


Safety tips

The best way to travel is safely. Here are some pro tips for your next journey. 

  • Check with your doctor: Even if you’re healthy, confirm that you’re fit to travel. It’s never a bad idea to go for a check-up. 
  • Bring more medication than you think you’ll need: If you’re on medication, bring a surplus so you don’t run out. More is better than not enough. 
  • Tell trusted family/friends/superintendent that you’re going away: This helps key people in your life know where you are in case of an emergency at home or during your trip. They can also safeguard your home while you’re away. 
  • Leave a photocopy of your passport and insurance with someone you trust. 
  • Don’t let the whole world know: Not everyone needs to know you’re leaving. This invited burglars to sniff out your vacant living space. 
  • Don’t walk with your valuables: While you may need some things to dress up if you’re going to a nice dinner, leave your best pieces safely stored at home. It can invite unwanted attention on your trip. 
  • Don’t give too much information about yourself: Be wary of scammers. Avoid spilling all the details of your life to strangers. 
  • Watch your belongings: Guard purses, bags, and pockets in an unfamiliar place. Keep cash close to you, like in a cross-body or hip bag. 


How to travel as a caregiver

Caregiving is a huge responsibility, and sometimes, even the most dedicated caregivers need some time to themselves. If you want to take a vacation, consider the following options to help your loved one while you’re away. 

  • LifeLine: This personal emergency response system is a safety net, offering 24/7 monitoring for your loved one. In the event of an emergency, help is just a button-press away, reassuring you that quick assistance is available when you cannot be there physically.
  • Meal Delivery: Subscription-based meal delivery services can ensure that your family member receives nutritious and fresh meals that cater to their dietary needs to avoid worrying about food preparation while you are away.
  • Respite stay at a local retirement community: Some retirement homes offer a service called respite or temporary stay. Of course, it’s important to choose a trusted location. Places like Seasons Retirement Communities offer comprehensive care, social opportunities, and a safe environment, prioritizing their well-being in your absence. 


Whether you’re travelling with your loved one or leaving them in trusted care, vacations are a way to rest, relax and recharge. If you’re a caregiver seeking a trustworthy, professional location that can support your loved one’s needs, Seasons Retirement Communities promises expert care. 

Our communities are home to expert caretakers who will support your loved one’s needs and give you peace of mind while you’re away. 

To learn more about how we can provide a safe and engaging respite for your parent, grandparent, or loved one, contact our team and discover how we care

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