Why Should Seniors Travel?

Jacob Reno
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Reasons seniors should start traveling

Seniors are often perceived as being too old to leave the comforts of their home. But nothing could be further from the truth. Seniors are one of the primary beneficiaries of travelling to distant lands. Below are seven reasons for this.

·When you travel, you get to socialize. Socializing is one of the few activities that keeps the old mind sharp and focussed. Travel has often proven to be a good activity for seniors to balance out the loneliness and constant seclusion as they age.

·Seniors who travel have a chance to distance themselves from the domestic environment they were used to and adjust to new aspects of travel. These aspects include new places, people, food and culture. This forces the senior to get a fresh perspective on life.

·Traveling helps the elderly make some money. Most seniors rely on some form of income to ensure that they have a comfortable life. The most popular way senior citizens use to earn some money is through home ownership and personal care. But as they age, these activities cannot sustain them in the future. But travel can. Most retired persons purchase travel coupons, e-tickets and plane tickets with the intention of realizing some cash as they grow old.

Plenty Of Time And Money

I believe seniors should travel for the following reasons:

They have plenty of time and money. Doing so brings joy and avoids regrets, which leads to a happier senior community. Senior travel could be the only time they’re able to travel. It’s the last chance for adventure as well as a great way to revitalize. Before they pass away, many seniors travel with their children to see the world or with grandkids. Senior travel benefits and inspires others. Seniors are frequently looked up to by family members, as well. People in their family as well as neighbors ask them about how it’s going on their trip. The interviews include where they’ve been, what they did, why they went and what they’ll do next. The community is filled with inspiration, as well as excitement for those who wish they could go, too.

When seniors visit a country, they’re often surprised that many members of the younger generation don’t speak their language. English has become the predominant second language of choice for the world. It’s nice to know that people are traveling the world, experiencing different cultures and having a great time. I encourage seniors to travel. It’s probably the smartest thing anyone can do.

It Boosts the Mood

Seniors can easily get depressed because of a loss of old friends, a loss of income, loss of health, loss of mobility, and a loss of sight. Admittedly, depression is a hard cycle to get out of because it makes so many of us stop doing things we love. Or, you may find yourself doing boring or exhausting things that you once loved, simply because you don't have the strength to do the things you want.

Travelling breaks the cycle of depression by flooding the brain with new sights, smells, and sounds. It makes many seniors realize that life can still be interesting to them. It makes the world wide open again. It makes seniors believe that there is still a life to live.

Sometimes seniors wonder if they can still have the life they dreamed of. Some feel their bodies are just too weak and their eyes can't see clearly. Traveling can help them remember again how amazing the world looks, how colorful, and how beautiful life can be.

Sure, travelling can be exhausting. But for a senior, it's also invigorating. It can be a reminder that life still has many wonderful things to offer.

Rediscover the World

Unfortunately, some seniors lose their ability to get behind the wheel. Even if they haven’t yet experienced that, they know they will soon and are counting the days.

I am no expert, but I’ve been to places where very little English is spoken. I have seen and participated in cultural activities I never would have guessed existed!

Before I retired, on my own I visited Europe twice, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, St. Martin, Aruba, and so on. Today, I can still travel, but not as much. I do the shorter vacations now. My favorite has been NYC, Atlantic City, and Washington DC. I really like short trips!

Travel is one of the best ways that any guest, just about any age, can participate in a host country’s culture. The list of cultural activities that don’t require knowledge of the host country’s language is nearly endless. Nearly every activity for guests with "special needs" has English speaking guides who will happily serve your group.

Challenges you are likely to face

To top it off, the travel industry is making it easier for seniors to take off. More tour companies are catering to an older crowd and more airlines are offering discounted airfare for the elderly. Many travel agencies are on board with seniors, encouraging and even assisting them to pack to travel.

But that doesn’t mean you should head off to exotic lands without thinking. There’s a long list of possible challenges to traveling after retirement, so here are the top eight.

Fatigue

As people age, it’s common to get fatigued more easily, and some seniors even report that their fatigue is worse while flying. As far as circulation’s concerned, it’s important to note that circulation naturally slows for many people as they age. This is believed to be caused by clogged arteries, which lead to a decrease in blood flow.

Luckily, there are a few things that we can do to lessen the risk of fatigue on a long flight and help increase circulation.

Use a Cushion

One of the simplest things that we can do to help with circulation and avoid fatigue is to use a cushion when seated. This will help to rearrange our posture (which will likely feel tighter because of our postural positioning) while we’re seated. Although a cushion as a solution seems elementary and simple, it’s actually very impactful and has quite a powerful effect on our circulation.

One study found that individuals who use a cushion had a healthier circulation than those participants who did not. These participants also reported that they were less tired and were able to stay more alert and focused throughout the course of the study.

Finding your way around

Traveling as a senior can be easier than you think. It may be that simple things you used to take for granted are now harder to accomplish when you’re in a new place. Knowing what you need to get around helps seniors stay safe. Sometimes the difference between feeling safe and feeling lost or vulnerable can be a map.

It’s the middle of the night and you’ve checked into your hotel, after a long flight. You’re tired, and you can’t seem to find the light switch in the bathroom. Suddenly, you find yourself in a pitch-black bathroom, fumbling to find your toiletries. If you had a map of your hotel room when you checked in, you would not have gotten lost. You would have known where everything was. When you visit another country, there will be many travel situations that are less than ideal. If your hotel room is tiny, if your bed isn’t comfortable, or if there are safety issues — a map can help you feel better prepared and empowered.

Technology and Equipment

Traveling does require some technology and equipment, but the good news is that it can be easily accommodated as you get older – and it gets easier to find affordable options as you get older.

All you need is a smartphone. If you don’t already have one, you can get one easily. If you can’t afford one, that’s an issue you can work around – there are a lot of free apps and phone calls you can make.

And if you don’t have experience with technology, you simply don’t have to have it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with sticking with the tried and true – you can learn what you need when you get there.

Amenities

People over the age of 50 now represent 25% of the overall travel market, and that population will double in size over the next 20 years as more people live longer and more actively. That’s good news for all of us because anytime more people want to live their lives to the fullest, the more attractions can develop offering services and amenities specifically designed for them.

Many locations are becoming more diverse to handle the geriatric boom. That is a huge change from recent decades. Younger generations generally don’t care about the travel destination itself … they just want to get there and relax, with the process as seamless as possible. But people over 60 are more likely to be looking for a destination that provides a sense of security or serenity. In many cases, the location is secondary to the experience they’ll have there.

Older travelers want more space in their resorts and hotels. Even a difference of an inch is enough to turn them away. Also, seniors who’ve been traveling for years want a place to unwind, and the least amount of walking possible.

Important safety tips to observe

When you are travelling in an unfamiliar place, safety is a major concern. It is important to be aware of the safety risks involved in travel and how you can reduce them. It is important to keep the following tips in mind when you are planning to travel.

Bottom Line

So, before you retire, consider that travel could extend your life; it may even add years to your life by adding years to your life by adding years to your life by adding quality and quantity to your life. So, before you retire, consider that travel could extend your life; it may even add years to your life by adding quality and quantity to your life. That’s why many seniors travel.