Travelling abroad means stressing about reservation, packing, visa processing, Travel Insurance, researching about your destination, foreign exchange and so on. The list is exhaustive. Now, imagine if you are travelling with a relative who is a senior citizen. Seems daunting? Don’t panic. We’ve got your back! Follow the below mentioned tips to make your life a lot easier when you are going abroad with a senior citizen:
1. Plan, plan, and plan: Research is key, right from deciding on your destination. Ensure you consider only cities where commuting is convenient and everything is at the tip of your fingers. Avoid any activity which is physically challenging. Book accommodation on the ground floor or where old people won’t have any trouble reaching. Think thoroughly about the weather at your destination as well. Extreme weather is very harsh on elderly people.
2. Keep an eye out on special deals: Senior citizens get discounts on a wide-range of products and services. Be it flight tickets, hotel accommodation, internal commuting and so on. If walking is an issue for your relative, ask for a wheelchair or assistance at the airport.
3. Purchase a decent Travel Insurance for Senior Citizens
: This is the Archilles’ heel of travelling with a senior citizen. Finding a comprehensive Travel Insurance is extremely difficult and expensive for senior citizens. The issues are doubled if the person’s age is above 70 as they would need to go through a detailed health check-up. Nevertheless, senior citizens require Travel Insurance the most as the risk of an unforeseen and unfortunate rises exponentially. Hence, ensure you buy a good Travel Insurance policy that protects you against any financial trouble in a foreign country.
4. Keep extra medication handy: Keep a bulk of their medicines with you as the same medicines may not be available at your destination. In addition, carry general purpose medicines with you such as antacids, painkillers, etc. Keep a hand-sanitizer on you to prevent spreading of germs. An extra layer of clothes is also recommended in case the weather gets cold at your destination.
5. Book a non-stop flight: Avoid a connecting flight if possible. In case it is not possible, you will have to transfer all your baggage to a connecting flight at an over-crowded airport. In addition, leg space can be a bother for old people, book early and reserve aisle seats or executive seats of you can afford it. Take regular walks on your flight to avoid possibilities of blood clot.
Hope the next vacation that you take with your elderly relatives is a lot less cumbersome.