Age will never be an obstacle to travel and enjoy an unforgettable tourist experience. The key is to leave your prejudices and fears behind.
Rosa Isabel Correa, psychologist and counselor with Coomeva Medicina Prepagada.
The ‘third age’ can be a wonderful time to travel, relax, and experience unique moments, free from any worries or complications. It is important to follow a series of recommendations so as not to overlook any details during your travels.
Start by carefully planning your trip. Schedule it with enough time in advance, taking into account the specific characteristics of your destination, for example the time it will take you to arrive there, the means of transportation available, the language, the weather, the ease of access to medical services. Check whether local traditional cuisine may cause you any health issues, and whether local interests are compatible with your own.
“Becoming a senior citizen is not synonymous with having to stay at home. It is an opportunity to go out and experience, without the stress of our daily routines, a different way of living life”, stated psychologist Rosa Isabel Correa Alvarez.
When planning for your trip, make sure you include a visit to your personal physician beforehand to assess whether it is appropriate for you to travel and the suitability of your chosen destination. With the help of your physician, you will be able to clarify doubts, create plans to follow in situations where your health may be affected, and establish which medications you should include in your first-aid kit when you travel.
In order to select the best option for your travels, based on your needs and limitations, it is vital that you obtain proper advice, instead of relying solely on reviews available online, or the personal experiences of friends or acquaintances. Your analysis must include information from several sources that allow you to visualize what the experience would be like.
“Seniors must be very aware of what they can do and the restrictions they should adhere to in order to preserve their health and well-being. It’s not about limiting themselves, but rather a matter of enjoying their travels responsibly”, affirmed Alvarez.
Prevention is key
- Take care of your joints and muscles
If you are going on a long trip, whether it is by car or plane, it is important to take a break every once in a while, to get up and move your legs and arms. This way you will avoid possible clotting or muscle spasms.
- Take time into account
As the saying goes, “haste makes waste”. Therefore, make sure you calculate how much time in advance you will need to get to the airport or bus terminal, the duration of the trip, the time lapses between your meals, among others.
- Watch your diet
Trying new flavors is a delightful experience for any traveler. However, seniors must be more moderate, as they usually enjoy a well-balanced diet, and a sudden change in their dietary habits may result in complex health issues.
- Make sure you have all necessary vaccines
Travelers must inquire about the vaccines needed to enter certain places, whether it is due to sanitary norms, or because it is recommended that they get those shots in order to prevent diseases.
- Bring a printed medical certificate with you
Older adults do not need to travel with their full medical records translated, but they should carry with them a translated medical certificate stating any diseases, allergies, medications and or special care they may require.
- Explore travel agencies’ options for seniors
There are a lot of options for senior tourists available on the market. Cruises, visits to thermal waters, and wellness centers are some of the most popular options available in travel agency portfolios. Using a travel agency may facilitate planning for your trip, as they can provide specialized advice so your experience will be satisfactory.