With Spring Break behind us for most public school districts as well as for college students, it’s time for Active Adults to take advantage of opportunities to travel for a weekend getaway, a month-long jaunt, or anything in-between.
Regardless of the duration of your journey, travel experts advise extra care and planning for Active Adults, to maximize their experience and minimize hassles.
Like it or not, travel – and our enjoyment of it – changes as we add candles to the cake, so to speak. Seasoned travelers on IndependentTraveler.com recommend leaving extra time between connecting flights to minimize “airport sprints.”
Speaking of air travel, flying coach may be fine for a short flight, but if your destination requires several hours of continuous air travel, it may be worth the extra cost of a seat upgrade that allows more room to stretch, or even to stand, if necessary.
To make the most of your trip, even if the luggage is lost, pack a “bare essentials” carry-on bag, which includes basic toiletries, a change or two of clothes, any medications, and your traveler’s cheques.
Travel advisors also recommend calling ahead to check on accommodations, and to remind staff of any special requirements, such as wheelchair- or walker-accessible bathing facilities.
If you have a medical condition that requires medication, experts advise letting your physician know ahead of time so that prescriptions can be called in to a pharmacy in your destination area, in case of lost luggage. Find out ahead of time where the nearest medical facility is, in case of an emergency. And if you suffer from a chronic condition, be sure to carry any instructions and wear a medical alert bracelet, if possible.
One gentleman with food allergies had business cards printed up with those items to which he has a reaction. He hands a card to the waiter upon ordering, and verifies the absence of those items when his food arrives.
Finally, remember that you have earned every candle on your cake, so be sure to ask for senior discounts wherever you go. Discounts are available worldwide for travel, hotels, dining and attractions, which will allow you to make the most of your vacation budget.
Regardless of the length of time you’re away, you can rest assured that your home in your Windsong active retirement community will be just as inviting when you return as it was when you left. Our maintenance-friendly communities were designed to help Boomers make the most of every adventure – including travel – with lawn care maintained through your homeowners association, to minimize hassles and worry while you’re away. Walkable streets and community clubhouse afford numerous opportunities to meet your neighbors with similar life-stage experiences, so there’s always someone around to either travel with you or water the houseplants when you’re traveling.
Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!