One of the real joys of retirement and enjoying your last years can come in the form of travel.
Travel is expanding, and many seniors save their entire lives to enjoy a travel lifestyle after they retire.
The image of becoming a world traveler in his later years is one of those dreams that kept them going when life was difficult in their years of work; therefore, they certainly deserve to hit the road and enjoy the fruit of a lifetime of work.
If this is the kind of retirement fun you have in mind, it’s worth planning for you to travel smart.
Being prepared for a long trip makes sense for anyone, but if you’re going to take care of those dream trips, you don’t want this vacation to turn into nightmares.
A big part of smart travel is knowing in advance what you will need on the trip. But it can be even more important to know what you will NOT need. With little luggage, you make it challenging to pull large pieces of luggage through the airport.
And if you are going to be staying in multiple places on the trip, taking light means less repackaging too. It will take some experience on what works for you in a travel situation to know how to pack.
You can build an exclusive travel wardrobe, which dresses well under stress, does not wrinkle, and can be washed and used again on the road, increasing its usefulness and reducing excess clothing.
Another way to reduce the volume on the road is not to take too much with you that can be purchased when you get there.
By not making a lot of personal care products, you reduce problems with airport security and the chance of personal care products leaking out of your bags.
Traveling smartly for the elderly also means having your prescriptions up to date and well documented.
You must obtain good copies of all prescription drugs, eyeglass prescriptions, and other documents that may be needed to refuel on the road if you lose or use your medications.
Alert your local pharmacy; therefore, if they need to see a pharmacy where you are going, this call will not take them by surprise. And archive copies of all your travel documents with a loved one, so even if you lose everything, you can still receive your records by email or fax.
These types of precautions eliminate panic in the event of a problem while traveling. Likewise, make sure your itinerary and copies of your passport and credit card numbers are kept in secure locations and filed with a loved one.
Examine your wallet and think about each card and important document you have and how you would deal with the cancellation and replacement of those cards in case you lose your wallet or purse.
By keeping these significant numbers that you can get to quickly, you can move quickly to cancel credit cards and get replacements almost immediately at your hotel in case you get stolen or lose your valuables while traveling.
By thinking about the future in this way and exposing all possible problems in your mind and planning how to respond, you eliminate the chance of your trip being interrupted, and the fun ended because of the difficulty.
So when things go wrong, you just switch to plan A-B-C or D,, and get back to business.