Anyone and everyone can travel, there’s no age limit to it. However, post pandemic that has affected every aspect of our lives, it is important to be a little cautious now when traveling with older adults. You might have to consider factors that you were not required to pre-pandemic in your bid to ensure the safety of your senior loved one at all given times. This article aims to highlight some tips for you to navigate the world of post-pandemic travel safely and enjoyably:
1. You should start by updating yourself on news and guidelines on travel restrictions and advisories in the wake of COVID’s shifting environment in terms of the safety restrictions for traveling locally and internationally, traveling from Virginia to another state or a travel to Virginia. If you are planning a travel abroad, you might have to update your vaccinations before departing- in some cases, 6 weeks in the run up to your departure.
2. It is best to opt for private cars like limos to travel instead of hopping on to a plane. Limos are also a good option if your senior loved one has limited mobility. Moreover, road trip vacations or interstate travel via limousines are picking up speed with older adults since you have more control over your personal space. Though vaccine rollouts are underway, air travel during the pandemic is still not very safe, and if a senior is accompanying you it’s wise to give flying a miss. You never know how clean the plane might be and whether or not all the protocols are in place and with all the changes in flight schedules with flights suddenly getting canceled. However, it is completely a personal choice. Flying during the pandemic requires weighing both the pros and cons. Falls are a big concern for seniors, and the risk is increased at highly crowded areas like airports, so also take this factor into consideration while deciding on the mode of transportation.
3. Talk to your senior’s doctor about how safe it is for your loved one to travel, and discuss any precautionary measures you should take. The doctor may ask you to come in for a checkup or to get any necessary jabs. Don’t forget to ask about when to take medicines if you’d be crossing time zones, and whether eating any new foods while traveling could interact with your medications or health conditions.
4. Carrying an alcohol-based sanitizer is a must to protect yourself from infection, and so is choosing what to eat and drink as there are various illnesses you can get from food and water. Drink plenty of water throughout the trip to stay hydrated at all times.
Some other tips:
1. It is wise to invest in travel insurance due to an increased risk of falling, getting sick or needing additional medication because of delayed travel among seniors.
2. Beware of fraudsters and scams
3. Keep a low profile, don’t promote your absence
4. Leave the expensive stuff at home
5. Mind your medicines that you should pack in your carry-on bag and not in checked luggage.
Old age doesn’t mean you can’t travel anymore, nothing can and should stop you from discovering and exploring a new place and to completely appreciate the new experiences. The only difference is you might not be able to travel the way you used to in your prime, as there are physical limitations you might have to work around, and also the fact that as an older adult you suddenly are a prime target on a thief’s hit list (being a little alert can help you in this regard). Fortunately, the aforementioned tips can stand you in good stead regardless of wherever and whenever you go.
Remember the key to making your trip work is by planning in advance, successful trips need a little extra planning. Also, seniors need a little more time to pack all their stuff so give them that time.