Traveling with older family members and loved ones can be a great bonding experience. However, you have to account for a few factors when traveling with seniors to ensure a smooth travel experience.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when traveling with seniors
Keep a designated family member for reservations
To get the best out of airline deals while ensuring ease of coordination, designate one family member to be in charge of the reservations and bookings. Make sure they check for senior discounts and that they find out and select the correct disability options. It is advised to select the request assistance to and from the gate option instead of the to and from the aircraft seat option, which can lead to lengthy delays.
Avoid connecting flights and layovers
Try to keep the total travel time to a minimum and avoid any layovers to minimize the risk of missing flights or having to rush to catch one. Also, when booking, select a comfortable time of the day as seniors may not have the energy required for early morning or late-night departures.
Ensure company for your senior travelers
It is always advisable for you or someone from the family to travel with your older family members, especially on long haul international flights. The processes and protocols on arrival during immigration, with long queues and dealing with officials, can be especially troublesome for them to handle by themselves, after a long journey.
Travel by cruise
Many cruises offer shore excursions for those with limited mobility. Cruises can also be a great experience for the entire family with activities catering to all age groups throughout the day and night. Most cruises also offer electric scooters for older travelers to navigate around when on board.
Don’t check in medical supplies
Keep important medications in your carry on luggage, in the event of your checked-in luggage getting misplaced. It’s also a good idea to keep a list of your medications along with generic counterparts for the country you are traveling to, in case you lose your medication or your trip is extended.
Don’t fill your itinerary
It’s important when traveling with seniors to keep their energy levels in mind and to not overexert them. Take things slow and keep breaks to relax throughout your itinerary.