If you are retired or looking forward to your retirement, you might be planning some travel. Why not help others along the way? Perhaps in the course of your career, you might have done some or extensive domestic or overseas traveling. Your familiarity with various airports and your knowledge of the travel process is invaluable to other senior travelers who have either never had the opportunity to travel or must now travel alone and are anxious about it.
Travelling with a senior relative can be a pleasant experience, or it can be stressful—and it’s all up to how you interact with your relative. You might not even know about everything that your loved one needs to be comfortable on a long trip, so be sure to ask lots of questions and offer clear choices.
Smart seniors travel as light as possible, and they plan ahead for safety and unforeseen events, such as delays due to bad weather. They use carry-on luggage that is easily stowed in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of them and that they can manage on their own.
You can do some simple things to increase your safety when you travel. To be safe:
- Travel with a buddy.
- Monitor the news and weather.
- Use technology, such as a mobile phone or tablet, which can store “in case of emergency” (ICE) information.
- Keep batteries on your electronic devices and cell phone charged. Most large airports offer charging stations. Read about the airports and the services that they offer.