Travel is very popular for many Mt. Vernon Tower residents. The free time available after retirement means that they can take trips that they had to put off before. In fact, many people use their golden years to fulfill dreams of travel.
But traveling for seniors requires some planning and precautions if you want to get maximum enjoyment from the experience. Here are some suggestions to make your trip enjoyable and memorable.
- Don’t wear yourself out. It’s temping to cram as much as possible into your trip, because you want to do so many things. Resist the temptation to overschedule. You could wind up not being able to enjoy one activity because you’re worried about making it to the next. Also, you could just simply wind up too tired.
- Learn about where you’re going before you leave. You’re probably already doing this, but take some time to understand the destinations to where you’re traveling. Ideally, that would mean learning key phrases in other languages in case you need them, and “off the tourist path” info so you can better understand the locals—and therefore, the location.
- Be alert, but don’t overthink it. Sure, it makes sense to practice safety, but don’t fret too much. As long as you’re being smart, the risk of anything bad happening is quite low. So relax and enjoy your trip.
- Let your phone help you out. If you’re comfortable with your smart phone, think about all the things it can do to help you as you travel. It can take photos and movies, of course (many phones have great cameras so you don’t have to carry one separately). It can also help translate, provide you with directions, give background on attractions, let you purchase tickets in advance, and many other tasks. Let your phone do much of your work for you.
If you’re planning some travel in the future, bon voyage! And we’ll gladly welcome you home when you return.