One of the benefits of living in a retirement community like Village Green is that we make it so easy to travel. You get to enjoy the planning and packing, without worrying about who will take care of your house, mow the lawn, watch for packages or any of the countless other details that an extended trip can entail.
When you are a resident at Village Green, you can focus on where you want to go and how you plan to get there. This month we are featuring an 11-page e-book filled with suggestions for West Coast excursions, packing tips, resources for senior travel discounts and other useful information to help you plan your next trip.
As the e-book points out, because seniors often have flexible schedules, you can take advantage of spur-of-the-moment deals or off-season rates. Then, too, there are often special discounts that are only available to seniors.
Many travel agents specialize in senior travel, but you can do some preliminary exploring online. Many airlines and travel sites have information geared for the senior traveler.
Planning your next adventure is at least half the fun of travel, but don’t neglect your health. You need to plan ahead to ensure you’ll be prepared no matter where you go
Tips for healthy traveling:
1. Get a check-up before you go and make sure you tell you doctor where you are going and how long you’ll be gone.
2. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date and check if you need additional vaccinations because of where you are traveling.
3. Carry your prescriptions and medications with generic names included. Make sure you have enough to last the trip with a day or two extra in case of delays.
4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after your flight. Try to get up and walk about every half hour during the flight, or do stretches in your seat.
5. Avoid overexertion and make sure you get enough sleep. Even though you want to make the most of your vacation, sometimes less is more, particularly when you are in unfamiliar surroundings.