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Exploring the world is on everybody’s wish list. You get plenty of free time to explore the world when you get older. According to records, travelers over the age of 60 represent more than 12% of all international tourist arrivals. Managing travel stress is an important skill for any traveler, but it’s especially important for older travelers who are managing medication, chronic health conditions, or the normal effects of aging. But that doesn’t prevent older travelers planning adventure travel, hiking trips and expeditions, group tours, cruises even solo trips.
Below are some travel planning tips for older travelers:
1. A talk with your doctor
Consulting your doctor for a complete medical check-up is a good idea before you plan your trip, This is especially important if you have coronary heart disease, hypertension or any other chronic conditions. Explain your travel plans and discuss any travel precautions you should take. Your doctor may ask you to come in for a checkup or to get any necessary shots. Make a mental note to pack your medications in your carry-on bag to avoid loss or damage.
2. Accommodation planning
It is always advisable to ask questions and find out about your accommodation’s accessibility status before you book. Find out whether it’s located on a top floor, has an elevator or stairs to reach all the floors, and so on. If stairs are a problem, request a ground-floor room. Think about the pros and cons before your booking.
If you have any concerns about the accessibility of any of our hotels in Sri Lanka, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
3. Planning Your Travel Itinerary
Make arrangements for your itinerary ensuring that it is a comfortable trip. Do not make the itinerary too full, otherwise you may get exhausted. Never try to do too many things within a short period. Try to visit as many places as you can, but do not rush. Take everything in at a slow pace, and explain and request your tour operator to alter the itinerary if you have any special concerns.
4. Travel Companions
Instead of traveling alone, senior travelers should travel in a group. It is best to organize a trip with a group of friends or family members making it possible to take care of each other in case of an emergency, also you will not feel lonely. However, if you are unable to find someone to travel with you, consider choosing a trusted tour operator and it’s advisable to go through recommendations.
5. Your Mood
Take it easy on your body prior to travel. Avoid too much excitement, and stress, and try your best to keep a relaxed and happy mood. Avoid too much alcohol consumption and get a good sleep. Start your trip with a wonderful mood