One of the best things about retirement is the freedom to travel, without worrying about work schedules or limiting yourself to the kids’ school vacations.
The world is there for you to explore! Your senior living community may have some arrangements with various travel clubs, but, if not, maybe you can organize it yourself.
If you plan your trip outside of your senior living community, make sure you select the right travel group for you. Consider groups comprised of people in your age group. It’s a great idea to travel with others who have common interests such as museums, water activities, hiking or sight-seeing.
Some travel tips:
- Stay safe and don’t wander off alone, especially in a foreign country.
- Always have a cell phone with you and the phone number of at least two travel companions, in case you get separated.
- Take a copy of your passport, credit card and any other documents you brought with you. Email a set to yourself.
- Don’t forget your medication!
- When traveling abroad, especially to warmer climates, it’s always a good idea to travel light. Pack lightweight blouses that can easily be washed in the hotel sink and let them air-dry (you can always give it a blast with your hair dryer if you need to).
- Wear comfortable shoes and a hat, and leave your valuables at home. You will need a credit card and some cash, but only bring the minimum with you while you are out in town.
- Take lots of pictures. Your family and friends back home will enjoy seeing them.
When traveling to another country, seniors should check their passport expiration dates. According to the US Bureau of Consular Affairs, these countries have the following requirements:
- France – passport must be valid for a minimum of six months at entry and an additional three months at departure.
- Germany – passport must be valid for a minimum of three months at departure and contain at least two blank pages.
- China – passport must be valid for a minimum of six months at entry.
- Russia – passport must be valid for a minimum of six months beyond intended stay.
- Italy – passport must be valid for a minimum of six months at departure.
Always check the passport expiration requirements before making travel arrangements.
Reference (for passport information):
“Creating Unforgettable Adventures: Tips To Promote Safe …” <https://www.senioradvice.com/articles/safe-and-exciting-trips-for-seniors>.N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2017