Travel Checklist: Everything Seniors Must Do Before They Jet Off

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Retirement is the perfect time to finally do what you want without restriction. You can travel the world, learn a new language, enjoy the rest of your days on the beach; you can do whatever you want. The only dilemma is that your body is aging, and with that aging so, too, do many age-related illnesses and disabilities develop, which means you need to be more careful with your health. But it does not mean you have to barricade yourself in your home! If you want to travel, travel! Visit exotic locations and take part in the many cultural activities each country has to offer. The only thing you need to do is prepare a bit more in advance:

Consult Their Doctor

The first step anyone should take, no matter their age, is to consult their doctor. That way you can get all the health information you need about your destination, get vaccinated, and otherwise work with your doctor to prepare your health for the trip. Where you go will affect how much you need to do before you travel. If you plan on visiting a south-east Asian country like Thailand, for instance, it is best you are protected against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Typhoid, and even Hepatitis A. These diseases can ruin a trip for anyone, but the older you are, the more a threat they are to your life. Consult your doctor so that you are properly protected before you go.

Train Before They Fly

After a certain age, we start to lose muscle mass very easily. It leaves our bones vulnerable, which can result in serious conditions like a broken hip if you were to fall. That is why before you travel, you should commit to training. There are many exercises which are kind to the joints that will help you build up your strength and stamina so that you can enjoy your trip without your body holding you back.

 Be Covered for their Medical Conditions

When you travel abroad, travel and health insurance must always be a key consideration. Not only do you need to make sure that you are properly covered, but that you sign up for programs that help you get the healthcare that you need. If you are in a country that does not have the best healthcare, then you will need to hire a non-emergency medical transport service, so that you can return home with a registered nurse and get the healthcare that you need. Being prepared for the worst case scenario will help you enjoy your trip to its fullest because you won’t have to worry about getting the care you need should something happen.

All that is left is for you to plan your itinerary, keep note of any places that offer senior discounts, and to pack! Preparing your health in advance and making all the necessary arrangements means that you don’t have to worry on your trip, and can instead enjoy all the sights, tours, events and destinations on your trip instead. Make memories that will last a lifetime, make friends, and have fun.

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