7 Tips for Senior Citizens to an Enjoyable Vacation


Posted on: 26 May 2017 by Alexa Strife

Travel tips for older when they are taking a vacation.

Senior citizens and older travellers need to exercise some caution when flying, driving long distances or going on a cruise. Rapid changes in the temperature and climate, hours of walking and standing, and the stress of travelling itself can take their toll on an older person's health and well-being. However, there are several ways to make the travel experience more comfortable and safe.

Here are some travel tips for senior citizens that will prepare them for a safe and easy voyage while they are travelling to international destinations:

Get Insurance

While travel insurance is important for people of any age, it truly is essential for older travellers who are more at risk of falling and hurting themselves, getting sick, or needing extra medication if their travel is interrupted or delayed.

Request and Reserve Special Services

Request seat assignment in the rows designated for disabled travellers. And, importantly, request cost-free wheelchair service at every airport origination, connection and arrival location. If there is meal service aboard, advice the reservation system of any dietary needs. Also, you can make a phone call to the hotel you are stating about meals and get a quiet room you need to use. Hotels such as Holiday Inn Parramatta offers senior discount.

If travelling alone, ensure your parent will have human assistance from the counter, through security, to the gate and then to aboard the aircraft. If staffed by an airline employee, there is no cost for wheelchair or assistance. If you don't make and confirm all of these requests at the time of reservation, the airline, train or bus line has no obligation to make them available on check-in or while en route.

Travel with Proper Documentation

  • Driver’s License or Passport
  • Copies of Prescriptions
  • Statements of Medical Conditions from Physicians & Medical Treatment Centers
  • Medicare and Insurance Cards

Do not leave the house before making sure you have all necessary documentation on hand.

You or a family member should make 3-4 copies of your passport, driver's license, insurance and Medicare cards, travel tickets, itinerary, boarding pass, in addition to your physician prescriptions and medical statements.

Once you have made copies of the necessary documentation, place one copy in your carry-on, a copy in your checked luggage, another copy that is forwarded to your travel destination's hotel, and one that's left at home.  You should also travel with a note from your doctor that outlines your exact condition(s), needs, possible complications and other important health information. Be sure to also travel with your doctor’s contact information close by, just in case you run into any emergency complications.

Pack Lightly

Packing light is especially important for seniors. To lighten the load, take fewer clothing items and do laundry more often. Fit it all in a roll-aboard suitcase. Figure out ways to smoothly carry your luggage.

Travel with Medications and Maintain Regular Dosing

This is a very important tip to keep in mind. You should always store your important medications in your carry-on instead of your checked baggage. This way you can quickly access them during the flight if needed.

It is also important to travel with dosage information, just in case you need to schedule a doctor’s appointment during your trip. You should also make sure you have an adequate supply, more than you will actually need for the trip in case of an emergency, of medication for the entirety of your trip. Moreover, stick to your typical medication schedule while travelling. When packing, you should store all your prescription and over-the-counter medications in a one-quart zip-lock bag.

Consider Tours and Cruises

There are thousands of tour and cruise possibilities. Tours and cruises offer a unique service, in that they are totally planned, operated and staffed to deliver the promised program and destination discovery. Several tours operators specialize in "accessible lifestyle vacations," which cater to those with special needs and disabilities. Cruise and tour accommodations are priced on a per-person basis based on double-occupancy. A cruise or tour may be the ultimate escape and very civilized adventure.

Keep Others in the Loop

If you are going to be travelling solo, it is recommended that you keep others apprised of your daily itinerary, including your innkeeper or hotel concierge. Tell them where you arere going and when you expect to be back; then stick to your schedule. Keep a cell phone on you at all times.


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