Travelling is a pleasant experience, only if you can plan it properly. A trip without any pre-planning might turn out to be a hectic one and it is especially true with senior citizens. While we all know that unplanned trips are, sometimes, the most adventurous ones, doing so may not be ideal for older citizens, especially when they have certain health issues or feel more comfortable when they know what to expect, without any surprises to spring up all of a sudden. Some recent survey reports have revealed that over the past few years, an increasing number of U. S.citizens in their golden years are traveling abroad. If you too belong to this league and are planning an upcoming tour, you should consider the following tips in order to have a pleasant trip:
· Check out all the required documents – Apply for a passport at least three months before the actual date of departure, and if you already have one, make sure that it has not expired. Also, check out what are the entry requirements for the country that you are going to visit. While some of the countries want your passport to be valid for at least six months after your trip ends, some other require that the U. S. traveler must possess a visa. This entry information for foreign countries is usually available on each country’s official tourism website.
· Look out for the needed health information – Healthcare often tops the list of concerns for most of the older citizens who are willing to travel abroad. Before your travel, consult your doctor to assess your present health condition, and ask him/her if itEUR(TM)s suitable for you to go on this trip. Also, check out what kind of healthcare needs you may have at your destination. Make sure you study the environmental conditions of your destinations thoroughly as this might lead to some specific health concerns. This is applicable especially for those who are sensitive to air pollution, altitude, humidity etc. Knowing about the availability and standards of healthcare facilities of that location is another prudent thing to do because you never know if you may face any emergencies.
· Stay connected – This is one of the most essential tasks that you have to do even before you plan your trip. Make sure you are carrying all the emergency contacts with you, not only in your cell phone, but also in a diary, so that you have an alternative, in case your phone is lost or damaged. Also, make sure your information is stored with the U. S. embassy, U. S. consulate and the Department of State so that they can contact you, your family or friends, as and when the need arises.
· Travel Smart – Instead of just packing everything you have, do some research on the weather condition of your destination, and pack accordingly. Remember – the physical activities you undertake while travelling might be strenuous and any sudden changes in the climate or your diet might lead to serious health consequences for an unplanned traveler, more so if you are in your golden years.