One of the joys of retirement is the ability to travel freely, without the constraints of a work schedule. And it looks like an increasing number of senior citizens have wanderlust and are ready to see the world. A 2016 study by Visa revealed that senior travel is increasing and by 2025 people over the age of 65 will account for 13 percent of all international travel.
Travel can be a challenge at any age, but especially as a senior when mobility and memory issues may become a concern. An article by Cleveland Magazine outlined some steps senior travelers can take to minimize those risks:
- Stretch your legs to avoid issues like soreness or potential blood clots. This is especially important when flying, but is also important on road trips either by car or bus when you are confined to a seat.
- Request a wheelchair at the airport. It offers easier mobility and will put you at the front of the line for boarding and such. Because a wheelchair comes with an attendant, it can be useful when navigating an unfamiliar airport and if there’s a language barrier. As an added bonus, a wheelchair provides a place to sit in crowded terminals.
- Keep a list of all the medicines — prescription as well as herbal and over-the-counter — that you take and why. This can prove to be lifesaving if you end up in an emergency room situation.
- Stay hydrated. Experts say dehydration is one of the leading causes of falls.