A ‘Baby Boomer’ is someone who was born between 1946 and 1964 – after the end of World War II and before the Vietnam War. Some Boomers have already taken early retirement. Frequent travel is a way of life for many. These travel tips are just for you.
A ‘Baby Boomer’ is someone who was born between 1946 and 1964 – after the end of World War II and before the Vietnam War. Some Boomers have already taken early retirement. Frequent travel is a way of life for many.
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Make sure that your travel itinerary allows you enough time for relaxation. You know your own limitations. Don’t delude yourself into believing that you will be any different on holidays. There is nothing worse than returning home from a vacation needing yet another vacation for recovery.
If you have back or knee problems, mountain climbing is not wise. If you are asthmatic, scuba diving is taboo. Use common sense when planning your trip.
Today’s mature adult is often in better physical condition than earlier generations. However, a high percentage of corpulence in the population has partially counteracted modern health improvements. Aging and overweight are tough on joints and backs. When selecting a hotel or bed and breakfast, request memory foam mattresses. You will get a much better night’s sleep! Shop around if you need to, until you find exactly the right accommodations.
Always ask about discounts. Many businesses (including transportation carriers and hotels) will offer senior discounts that may start as early as age 55. Don’t fall into the ‘old’ mind trap, believing that a senior discount brands you as ‘ancient’. In the 21st Century, ’60’ is the new ’29’.
Be realistic about your health. Consult your doctor before you travel, providing detailed information about where you plan to go and what activities you will be participating in.
If you have any medical conditions, ensure that you travel with appropriate medications and support products. Overseas carriers may require copies of prescriptions and clearly-labeled medication bottles. It may be wise to photocopy crucial medical records or carry a letter from your physician.
Make sure that you have appropriate travel and medical insurance. Overseas hospitalizations or ambulance services could decimate your savings.
It goes without saying that you should apply for a passport well in advance (6 months or more) if you do not already have one.
Sleep disturbances become more common as we age. A Baby Boomer who used to be able to sleep through an earthquake will often wake several times during the night. Toss some foam earplugs into your suitcase. They are cheap – but the sound sleep you get as a result is priceless!
Another annoyance of aging is often a digestive system that no longer functions at peak efficiently. This may cause gas, stomach cramps, or constipation. Since you won’t be cooking your own meals, you may not be able to avoid some of your personal trigger foods. Pack a bottle of digestive enzymes. They are available at health food stores and even Wal-Marts. You will be able to eat a greater variety of foods without discomfort. While you travel, request menu changes if needed.
Pack a small memory foam pillow. It is helpful for supporting your head during long bus, train, or plane rides, and can be positioned between your knees while you sleep if you have back problems.
Feet often swell during long trips or walking tours. Pack comfortable, pre-worn, tested shoes that are 1/2 size larger and 1 width wider than usual. Make sure that you pack gel-filled or impact-cushioning insoles for extra comfort.
You will have a few things to carry with you everywhere you go: water, an extra sweater, sunglasses, medications, maybe a book, and your travel pillow. All these items will fit nicely into a backpack. Shop carefully for a pack that is adjustable and comfortable. It should be easy (and quick) to remove and put back on.
Dress in layers. Anticipate inclement weather conditions, planning for the worst. It is more sensible to remove a sweater on a tour because you are too warm than it is to shiver because you are in a short-sleeved T-shirt.
Dehydration due to long, activity-filled days is common. Always carry water with you. Keeping yourself hydrated will improve your energy level and reduce constipation problems.
Your backpack should be light. Never place valuables or passports in your pack – carry them in a next-to-skin money belt with the zippered opening facing inwards. Small amounts of cash can be carried in a more accessible location.
Wear a smile everywhere you go! A cheerful expression will magically open doors and invoke a friendly reaction no matter where you are.
The world and its wonders are waiting for YOU to discover them!
(c) Copyright Kathy Steinemann
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