Traveling is a way of life. It’s an opportunity to broaden your horizon worldview while learning more about different people, different cultures, and different ways of living. Reasons for traveling vary from person to person. Generally, people travel for any number of personal reasons. Often you will know where to go and have a particular place in mind.
“45% of travelers have a travel bucket list in mind when they book a trip somewhere”
There are plenty of different ways to travel, all of which you can read more about later on. The most common is probably by car or plane.
Traveling as a senior
Becoming a senior means having more freedom to travel whenever you desire. Especially if you have retired your travel options are even wider. You can travel off-peak and avoid hoards of tourists.
In a sense, it becomes easier to enjoy traveling even more, when you are a senior because you have a lifetime of knowledge. This allows you to fully appreciate the new experiences you will encounter.
“The key to traveling as a senior is planning”
Traveling as an elder often comes with different perks. These include discounts and special services. Sometimes it also means that you can’t travel the way you use to, probably due to different physical limitations. You should let this stop you. In fact, elder men who travel are 32% less likely to die from heart disease and women are less likely to suffer from stress and depression.
Because of your age, you will also experience discounts, as mentioned before. This can apply to any sightings you want to see, but it can also apply to different events and travel plans. Make sure you check out the different places before you actually go there.
Traveling with a chronic condition
If you have been diagnosed with some sort of illness, you always need to take your precautions before booking a travel. The first thing you should do, even before you book your travel, should be to go see your doctor. You should inform them about where you plan to go and check which medicaments you should bring.
The next thing would be to get a complete list of the different medications, if you take any, and bring that with you in your handbag. You should also make sure to bring extra, just in case.
“Senior travelers need to take as much care with their medications as they do their money and passports”
In fact, there are different safety precautions you can take before heading out on your travels. A key component to traveling is having the proper insurance. Insurance works for both medical emergencies and delays on your travels.
The most important thing, when traveling as a senior, is gaining confidence and momentum to keep going. Start out small and build from there.
“A third of travelers (34%) will consider a holiday they experienced as a child”
As we have mentioned at the top of this article there are different means of transportation when it comes to traveling. Traveling can come in many shapes and sizes and down below we have compiled a list of some of these different options.
You should always figure out what works best for you and what will fit your needs and wants best.
“More than 60% of U.S. travelers would consider an impulse trip based on a good hotel or flight deal”
Traveling by car is by far one of the easiest forms of traveling. You are 100% in charge for the entire trip. You decide when to go, where to stop, and anything that comes in between.
It also requires much less planning and you can be as spontaneous as you want to be and just let the roads lead you. Of course, you can also use the car to get from destination A to B. But the key is you are in charge of the stops that come along the way.
Another bonus of traveling by car is the freedom to pack, as much luggage as you feel is necessary. You don’t have to limit yourself in terms of pounds or sizes. You can also take smaller roads and enjoy the scenery along the way.
Of course, it’s not just all fun and games. Your car might break down or you might get a flat tire and so forth. However, it’s all about assessing the pros and cons before deciding to take the car.
Taking the bus could also be a great possibility. Nowadays bus travels can be quite cheap. It also puts less strain on you, since you don’t have to drive yourself. Instead, you can relax and enjoy yourself by listening to an audiobook, read, knit, play cards or do something else that interests you.
Taking the bus also means that you don’t have to go through security checks and stand in line forever. You also don’t need to arrive two hours in advance, as is the common procedure when taking a plane.
Buses also have different stops along the way, where you can get some fresh air and stretch your legs.
Trains are faster than buses and in some cases more comfortable. You can walk around at any time and you will probably feel less stressed because you don’t have to pay attention to the roads. You can also enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.
“Amtrak ferried 31.6 million passengers around the U.S. in the last year”
As it is the case with other transportation forms, there are of course both pros and cons to traveling by train. Some of the pros are the fact that you don’t have to book tickets months in advance. You can show up on the day and it’s not going to cost you extra. You don’t have to worry about luggage, in terms of pounds and extra fees.
Some of the cons of traveling by train are the changes between trains, delays and so on. However, this can be said about any type of transportation.
Have you ever thought about the possibility of bringing the comforts of home with you when you travel?
That’s the possibility you have traveling in an RV.
“A big advantage RV travelers enjoy: the view, the windshield is large, allowing scenic surroundings to be much more visible”
RV’s come in many shapes and sizes and choosing the right one can be quite hard. The main thing is to find one that suits your needs and wants, big or small.
When you travel by RV you have the flexibility to go wherever you want whenever you want. Your “home” is always with you and you don’t have to worry about finding rooms and accommodations. Instead, you can think about what you want to see, and where you want to go and figure out some different stops along the way suitable for RV’s. Also, campgrounds are perfect places to stay overnight and get loaded up on electricity.
“The RVing community is huge in the USA; probably much bigger than most folks would ever imagine”
Before you head out you should definitely do some research on RVing and places you want to visit. There are plenty of ways to thrive in the RV lifestyle. But if you want to get off to a stronger start you should definitely have a plan.
Often the planned destination will determine the type of transportation you should take. If you are going to a certain place, perhaps overseas, or on the opposite coast, traveling by plane will by far be the easiest and fastest transportation.
Traveling by plane may pose a certain risk for certain people. Always be sure to check with your doctor if you suffer from any illnesses before you board a plane.
When it comes to safety and traveling, taking a plane is still the safest option.
“The chances of you being onboard an aircraft that crashes is infinitesimally small. In fact, you are more likely to be struck by lightning than to be in an airplane crash”
Over the last 30 years, airplane tickets have decreased in price. Increased competition, more efficient aircraft, and the ability to bargain shop for flights online have all played a crucial role in this.
Because aircraft have developed so much over time, it is also possible to be productive while flying. You can also just sit back, relax, and even sleep. Not to mention the in-flight entertainments.
If you’re lucky enough to get a window seat, you are often treated to some great views. There is nothing like soaring over the countryside, while lakes, rivers, mountains, and other beautiful landscapes fly by down below. Even the scenes at night with all the bright lights.
Taking a cruise trip can be a great way to relax. You don’t have to worry about accommodation, transport, food, anything really. All you have to do is get to the ship and from there on its smooth sailings.
Cruising will allow you to see a variety of places, some of which that would be hard to get to by land. It is the perfect recipe for a relaxing vacation.
Anything you might need, plus some, will be located on the ship this includes dining options, shore excursions, and spa treatments. All of these decisions are made before your cruise even starts, which allows you more time to just enjoy yourself.
“Millions of U.S. citizens embark on cruise ships adventure”
When you are cruising it also means that you get to explore different cities without the hassle of finding a place to stay, park, and so on. You can simply just explore new cities and ports of calls. Don’t forget to enjoy the scenery while onboard the ship. You will most likely experience new “scenes” some of which you can only enjoy by ship.
As traveling comes in many shapes and sizes, all you have to do is figure out which will accommodate your needs the best. Maybe you can even try one of each?
Don’t be afraid to explore and experience. Now is the time!
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