For those of us who love traveling, there is nothing quite like the feeling of visiting a new place or even returning to a favorite destination. Holiday travel can be even more special, but there are some things you should think about ahead of time. In addition, some of your needs will likely change as you get older and we’ll address that, too.
A little planning upfront can go a long way toward making your holiday getaway enjoyable. Here are a couple items to keep in mind as you begin preparing for your holiday trip.
Book Flights & Lodging Early
This is relevant for anyone traveling during the holidays, but you should try and book your flight and lodging as early as possible, even as early as six months beforehand or more. The closer you get to the holidays, the more likely you’ll encounter challenges. If you are driving to your destination, you’ll still want to plan out where you’re staying and watch the weather.
Pack for Comfort & Consider the Weather
Many of us are guilty of packing more than we need for a trip. Older adults, in particular, should make an effort to pack lighter where possible, but you also need to dress for the weather. If you are a Florida resident and are traveling to see relatives in Wisconsin, you’re going need to make room for some warm and comfortable clothes. Consider packing your bags a few days early and do a practice lap around the block with your luggage to make sure it’s not too heavy.
Keep Your Health Needs in Mind
Beyond packing the appropriate clothes, you may want to schedule a doctor’s visit a month or two ahead of your trip, especially if you have any new or ongoing medical concerns. This will also present an opportunity to stock up on any prescription medication you might need.
Staying Healthy on the Go
Older adults have a higher-than-average risk of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) when sitting still for long periods of time, regardless of whether you’re traveling via plane, train, or car. The CDC recommends moving your legs frequently and taking a walking break every 1-2 hours. Reach out to your doctor if you have any questions about DVT or if you think you might be at risk.
In addition, the holidays also tend to line up with cold and flu season. Washing your hands often and staying hydrated are proven steps you can take to help avoid catching an illness.
Getting Around Your Destination
Advancements in technology may have pros and cons, but traveling is definitely easier if you have a smartphone and a reliable wireless plan. And if you are traveling internationally, it’s definitely worth paying a little extra for an international service plan. A solid network connection will allow you to access navigation, lodging, and transportation apps. These will all help you navigate to your destination safely and ridesharing apps are often just as, or more reliable than, taxi cab service.
Not comfortable with your smartphone or a certain travel app? Consider signing up for technology lessons or webinars online. Resources such as AARP, often offer free courses. Or consider reaching out to a friend or family member for some tech lessons, if you prefer.
Embracing the Joy of Travel
With all of the excitement of travel, it can be all too easy to get frustrated or lose your temper. When traveling, there are more than likely going to be moments that are out of your control. The best thing you can do in those situations is take a deep breath and clear your mind. Realize that the holidays are more difficult for some of us and be polite in your interactions. You never truly know what others are going through and a little kindness can go a long way.
Finally, be sure to embrace each moment while you’re on holiday. Fully immerse yourself in the experience, and enjoy spending time with the people you meet.
Connect With Others at Village on the Green
Village on the Green, a senior living community in Longwood, Florida (near Orlando), is the perfect place to enjoy the holidays or kickstart your next adventure. Our community is a short drive away from Orlando International Airport, so you have options whether you’re catching a flight or hosting family and friends who are flying into town. And if you’re a travel enthusiast, community living makes it easier to meet new people and find potential travel partners! You also never have to worry about finding someone to check on your home when you’re gone. Just let the front desk know your plans and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having a worry-free vacation.
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