One of the joys of retirement is the ability to travel without worrying about missing work. Now you can visit some of those places you worried about missing when you were tied down to a job, and not worry about safety.
Besides the toothbrush and travel alarm clock, there are many things a senior must consider before locking up the house and leaving your worries behind. For example, you don’t want to leave your medications and important papers behind. Here are some tips to help your vacation go as smoothly as possible.
Help Tips Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it. Ask a seasoned traveler to help you plan your packing. Check your passport, license, and other ID papers (including the new REAL ID), to make sure they are in order and won’t expire while you are away. Leave your itinerary, accommodations, schedule, and contact information with a trusted friend or relative who can contact you — and whom you can contact — in case of emergency.
Airlines, hotels, cruise ships, etc., can often accommodate special requests for meals, physical access, and help lugging that big suitcase. Call way ahead of time for confirmation. And don’t be ashamed to ask for help on the spot if you feel tired or uneasy.
Think ahead about cell phone coverage, Wi-Fi, and other tech matters. Don’t forget about money matters, like foreign exchange rates, upcoming bills, credit card balances, traveler’s checks (Yes, they still exist), and more.
Health Tips When you travel, you carry your infirmities, aches, and pacemaker with you, so don’t forget your medications (in their original containers), special hygiene items, and protective and comfortable attire. Bring along a written record of your medications and their dosages, dietary needs, prescriptions, medical history, and doctors’ contact info. Ask your medical professional about vaccinations and any other possible health risks. There may be things we never think about, like the dangers of sitting on buses, trains, and planes for extended periods, resulting in circulation problems. Another thought: When crossing time zones, when do you schedule your medications?
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) maintains a site especially for travelers, that gives remarkably comprehensive and up-to-date information and warnings about international health issues and risks.
Time to travel is one of the great blessings of retirement. There is so much to see and do, and you don’t need needless distractions due to poor planning and preparation.
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