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Travelling with Seniors

Spending quality time with your family is one of the best things about being on holiday. Travelling with your parents or grandparents can also be really memorable and rewarding as you bond over the memories and experiences you have in one destination.

  • As more and more people are going away in multi-generational family groups, finding and enjoying a destination that is suitable for all age ranges is increasingly difficult. Plan ahead and allow for plenty of time, as a hectic see-it-all holiday might result in frustration if people are moving slower than others. Don’t try to see and do everything as this is only going to result in an overwhelming amount of risks and children will become harder to handle, or the whole trip will become stressful in planning around schedules.
  • You don’t want to risk your health or safety whilst you’re meant to be relaxing, so always research anything before you book it and make sure it’s suitable for your needs.
  • Photocopy all of your important documentation like visas and passports and keep them in a secure place.
  • If you carry a walking stick or use a wheelchair, make sure you arrange transportation and ensure you can get around easily.
  • Make sure you invest in some quality travel insurance that covers any pre-existing medical conditions and carry your EHIC with you at all times. This ensures that should you incur any medical costs, you are covered and don’t have to pay out should something happen.
  • Before you leave, it’s a good idea to have a check-up from your doctor.
  • Move around and stretch during your journey, it isn’t always good to be sat still for long periods of time. Allow for breaks if you’re on your feet a lot and drink plenty of bottled water, taking regular sips to make sure you’re not dehydrated.
  • If you’re carrying large amounts of cash with you, split it with a friend, member of your family or travelling companion as it will be safer. Don’t wear expensive jewellery or watches and don’t advertise your cash or wallet too much – keep it in a bag that goes across your body and that is close to you at all times.
  • If you’re travelling somewhere hot, seek out shade during the hotter parts of the day and drink plenty of fluids. Cover up, wear sunscreen and reapply every 2-3 hours.
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