Living Well, Doing Well: Vacationing as a Senior

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Vacations are an important part of life. They give a person time to relax and replenish. Additionally, vacations are a great time for an individual to reconnect with themselves and ensure their actions are truly lining up with the goals they’ve set for themselves.

Unfortunately, as a person ages it becomes increasingly difficult for them to take vacations for a variety of reasons. However, these crucial experiences and relaxation opportunities do not become any less important. Therefore, it’s a good idea for all older individuals to do whatever they can to ensure they are able to take relaxing vacations and find those times to refresh themselves.

In this article we will explore some of the challenges a senior may face when attempting to take a vacation and how they might overcome those obstacles.

Tighter Budget

For seniors, finances can prove to be a serious roadblock. After all, vacations can be quite costly, and when a person is living on a small retirement fund or on social security alone, it can feel impossible to stretch the monthly budget to include a vacation.

That said, with proper planning, it is almost always possible for a person to set aside $50 a month. That $50 would grow to $1,200 by the end of two years, making it very possible to take a small vacation that would be well-earned. Try using some money saving tips to make that $1,200 stretch as far as possible.

Physical Limitations

Sadly, with age comes physical limitations. Arthritis and other aches and pains tend to set in during the senior years of a person’s life, making it difficult for them to enjoy physical activities he or she once loved.

If this is the case, a senior need only find the right kind of vacation experience in order to ensure he or she has a good time. This might mean relaxing on a beach or renting a snow-covered cabin to snuggle up in. All-inclusive resorts are also popular with the older adult crowd as they require very little extra work once the destination is reached.

Memory Loss

For those seniors with memory problems, travel may seem like a dangerous proposition. While this fear is legitimate, taking a travel partner is a very easy way to overcome it. A mentally capable friend or family member can make the experience easier and more fun by helping the senior navigate the sometimes confusing parts of travel while providing interesting companionship along the way.

Difficulty Driving

Loss of eyesight and slower reaction times often mean older adults have a hard time driving a car. While this rules out road trips, it most certainly does not mean travel is impossible. Traveling by plane, train, or bus are all perfectly feasible options, and cruises are a great option for seniors who prefer an all-inclusive experience.

Trouble Getting Comfortable

Those aches and pains that tend to show up in the later years of a person’s life can make getting comfortable incredibly difficult. This often leads seniors to be attached to their own furniture and hesitant to stay in a hotel where the bed may prove to be uncomfortable.

This problem can be solved by encouraging the traveling senior to take a pillow and blanket from home. In some cases, it may even make sense to pack up their mattress topper from home. Additionally, it can be helpful to rent out an upscale hotel room in order to ensure the bed is of good quality.

Whether you are an older adult looking to travel or the friend or family member of a senior in desperate need of a break, we are certain these tips and tricks will make travel a more attainable goal.


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