Senior Travels can be an enjoyable experience. It doesn’t need to be any different from when you traveled in your younger years and it can just be as fun. However, there are some specific considerations to take when traveling as a senior citizen to ensure that the trip goes well. If you intent to travel as a senior or you will be traveling with seniors in your party, take a look at the following information to make sure your trip goes as planned.
In your senior travels, you may be an easy target for local petty thieves. Unfortunately, seniors are often seen as easy targets who are unable to defend themselves. Although this is not necessarily true, crimes against seniors continue to occur, especially in tourist destinations. For the most part, these crimes are property crimes such as pick-pocketing, rather than violent crimes, but precautions should be taken nonetheless.
One safety tip to take on-board in your senior travels is to make sure that you are accompanied by others in some of the more remote areas or parts of town that seem quiet and unfamiliar. Always trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t go there. Do plenty of research before you go, and if you are advised not to go to certain areas by your tour guide or the guide books, take the advice.
If you are, or if you have anyone in your party who is a senior, keep an eye out for senior discounts. Depending on the country, they are abundant or few and far between. Always ask for a discount. However, in some cases, other offers are cheaper than senior discounts, but you have to be diligent in looking for these – be sure to ask for the cheapest special price or best rate of the day. Also remember that the term senior means something different in each country.
If you are traveling as an extended family group, take into account different interests when planning a trip with seniors. Those in different generations often have different expectations for vacations, so be sure to discuss these desires before departing for your trip. Younger travelers in your group may be interested in going out and participating in cultural events, while seniors may rather tour museums, for example. Of course, this is not true in every case, but it is something to take into consideration. Although the destination is the same, different age groups often have very different ideas and plans for their travels, so it is best to make plans ahead of time. If you have a large group, consider making some plans that include everybody and also separate activities for groups with different interests. This way, everyone will get the most out of the trip.
Along with considering which activities seniors will and will not enjoy, also think about the physical capabilities of the senior members of your group. Planning a trip with people of different ages can be challenging, but it is worth it to make these plans before leaving. Remember that you will need to make special arrangements for seniors if part of your trip includes a hike or a lot of walking, for example. With some planning, you can have a great time traveling with seniors in your party.