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Essential Senior Travel Tips for the Holiday Season

While you may have explored the world extensively in your younger years, embarking on a journey now offers more joy and freedom, as you don’t have to rush home to attend to daily obligations or the demands of work.

When you travel, you get the chance to experience new cultures, mentally stimulate your mind, connect better with loved ones, and nurture strong bonds with friends. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a novice eagerly planning your upcoming holiday adventure, these essential tips can help you and your companions enjoy a stress-free travel experience.

Pre-Trip Preparations

Pre-planning for your holiday trip is essential to having a good experience. For older adults, the planning stage allows them to prioritize their well-being and tailor their experience to their needs and preferences. Here are some examples of what to do in the preparation stage.

  1. Book an appointment with your doctor well in advance of your holiday plans. Once you’ve finalized your travel plans, book an appointment with your doctor. If you wait until the last minute during the holiday season, it’s highly likely your doctor may be on vacation or booked with other patient appointments. During your appointment, you can discuss medications, potential foods or drinks to avoid at the vacation destination, and any shots or vaccinations you need.
  2. Refill prescriptions. If running out of medications during your holiday vacation is a possibility, consider having your insurance company grant your pharmacy a vacation override. This allows your pharmacy to fill your prescription earlier than scheduled to ensure you have an adequate supply of medications for your trip.
  3. Understand the travel plans. Regardless of if you are the meticulous trip organizer or the easy-going participant in a group outing, it’s essential for you to understand the travel plans so you can make necessary accommodations. Knowing as much as you can beforehand will contribute to a more enjoyable experience. 
  4. Research and take advantage of senior discounts. No matter if your budget needs the discount or not, no one likes to pay more to have fun. Take advantage of senior discounts when available. Travel agencies that specialize in organizing trips for seniors can inform you of discounts and also help plan your trip. Spending less money on your travel plans means you can spend more on holiday gifts for your grandchildren, children, or yourself. 

Staying Healthy on the Go

It’s essential to prioritize your physical well-being to ensure the best possible vacation experience. It’s also important to stay well hydrated so dehydration or fatigue don’t interrupt your fun. 

Do the best you can to get a sufficient amount of sleep during your trip so you are refreshed and ready for a new day of travel and exploration. Most of all, remember to uphold good hygiene practices such as washing your hands with warm water and soap before eating and avoiding touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.

Practicing all these tips can help you stay healthy during your travels, especially in the colder holiday seasons when people are more susceptible to catching the cold or getting the flu. 

Embracing the Joy of Travel

You’ve planned, you’ve packed, you’ve traveled by car, train, boat, or plane to finally arrive at your vacation destination. Now? It’s time to sit back, relax, and have fun. Whether you’re committed to following your itinerary or want to use it as a loose guide, and be spontaneous instead, embrace the joy of traveling. Try new foods, talk to locals, and experience new things!

Find Your People at Claridge Court

While traveling solo or with family can be fun, nothing replaces the joy of traveling with close friends. If you’re looking to expand your social circle and connect with adventurers who love to explore every corner of the earth, consider making Claridge Court your new home. It’s also easier to travel when you live here, as there’s no need to have someone check on your home while you’re gone. Just let the front desk know your plans and enjoy a worry-free vacation. 

Here, you will not only find yourself among kindred spirits who are pursuing their passions, like travel, but you’ll also discover our community fosters a luxurious, carefree lifestyle. From fine dining and on-site salon services to weekly housekeeping, these top-tier amenities can be enjoyed every day and are definitely something to look forward to after returning home from your travels. To gain more insight into the Claridge Court life, book a tour or contact us.

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