If you ever wondered whether there is an activity that will help you stay young at heart and keep your body in good shape, the answer is yes. Travelling can do wonders for your general feeling of well-being, regardless of your age. If fact, older adults can derive as much joy and satisfaction from a holiday abroad as younger people.
As a senior, you have reached a stage in your lifecycle when you can fully retire from most routine duties and obligations and enjoy the small pleasures of life. Holidays can be a truly relaxing and fulfilling experience, especially if you keep in mind a few general pieces of advice that will make traveling safer and more comfortable.
As seniors need to make a better and more detailed holiday pre-planning. Ideally, the destination you choose should be easy to get to (a 2 to 3 hours flight, for example, instead of a long train or car ride) and with a favorable climate (Villas in Croatia, maybe?). This might require choosing a time of the year when the weather there is neither too hot nor too cold. By all means, your choice should be aligned with your current physical condition.
It is highly recommended to consult with your GP before your holiday and do a routine medical check-up to ensure you are fit enough to travel. This is especially important when it comes to people with chronic illnesses or any condition that needs constant monitoring and care.
You will probably feel more secure if you choose to stay in a place, which is close to professional medical services suppliers that could offer accurate help in case of emergency. Write down the address, contact details, and working times of all medical facilities before you leave. In case you want to check if specific procedures and care are available, you might also contact them in advance or ask your GP for collaboration. People with disabilities, who require special attention and facilities, should also request and reserve them beforehand, including with the airline or other leading transportation companies they plan to use.
If you are using any medications, it is necessary to pack enough for the entire length of your holiday. You may handle them easier by organizing them in daily dosage containers once you get to your destination. To avoid any complications with authorities or airport securities, any prescribed medicines should be carried in their original boxes and accompanied by a signed prescription.
It is good to consider wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace that includes information regarding any diagnosed illnesses and conditions, allergies, or other critical medical facts that could be vital in case of an emergency. The regular travel insurance does not usually cover any pre-existing chronic conditions, so it is advisable to check well in advance what is included in your package.