Tue, 12 Feb, 2019
Seniors tips for long haul flights
Travel has no age limits. But a few simple considerations will make it easier as your years advance.
The more you plan before you go the less you will have to do as you travel. Consider speaking to travel agents about your needs. They can help you find accommodation that is accessible and advise you on the fitness requirements for tours.
Consider a cruise
Cruises are travel made easy. You unpack once and visit multiple destinations. Days at sea allow you to enjoy all the activities and entertainment on board. Cruises are also a great option for multi-generational holidays as everyone can find something they want to do.
Consider a tour
Tours are a great option for anyone, but especially for seniors. The tour company looks after all the organisation – they book the accommodation, the transport and sometimes the flights. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the view. Tour guides also get fast tracked into attractions so you won’t have to spend hours waiting in lines.
Choose the right airline
Pick your airline carefully. Avoid smaller regional airlines, particularly at airports, as you may have to walk up and down stairs to board the flight. Larger airlines also cater well for seniors. You can book you assistance to walk to and from the gate, wheelchairs or help with getting into your seat.
Get travel insurance
We can’t stress this one enough. Travel insurance is a wise purchase. You can’t predict what will happen as you travel, so be prepared. Check the details of the policy and ensure it covers your health conditions as well as emergencies.
Keep active during your flight
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious concern for anyone over 50 travelling long distance, particularly those with heart disease or circulatory problems. The risk of DVT is increases by sitting still for long periods at a time. Do arm, leg and foot exercises on board, get up and walk the aisles when possible and wear compression stockings to increase the blood flow to your lower legs.
Make sure you keep drinking water on board the flight. The low humidly on board can be dehydrating. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they dehydrate you faster. Bring some moisturiser for your hands and face to keep your skin feeling fresh.
Pack spare glasses
If you lose or break a pair while overseas, you will be glad you did.
Keep prescription medication in your carry-on
Make sure you have all the medication you need with you. Do not put it in your check-in bag – just in case that bag gets lost. It’s also a good idea to keep a list of all the medication you are taking with you and to keep a list online or with a family member.
Scan your travel documents
Keep a copy of your passport and your travel documents, including your travel insurance policy safely online. Scan them in and upload them just in case you loose them. Carry a copy with you and keep it separate from your main luggage and leave another copy with a family member or friend at home.
Schedule in rest days
Slow down. Enjoy your time. There’s no need to rush. A schedule that is too packed will add to your fatigue.
Written by Alison Godfrey. Republished with permission of MyDiscoveries.