Top Tips For Traveling With Seniors

For seniors, travel can be especially challenging or risky. Use these top tips to make senior travel fun and safe.

As adults age, their family members tend to act as long-distance caregivers. The average distance a long-distance caregiver lives from a senior is 450 miles. That means if seniors travel to see their loved ones, they often go a long way. (Caregiver.org)

It’s common for seniors to have some trouble getting around like they used to. So, it’s not surprising that long-distance travel can be a real challenge. Here’s how to make travel safer and more comfortable for aging adults.

Options for Travel for Seniors

Although seniors can travel by plane, train, or car, each option has pros and cons.

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TRAVELING BY PLANE

Pros:

  • A fast form of travel

  • Can earn loyalty program points

  • Often accommodates disabilities

Cons:

  • Airports can be overwhelming

  • Might be expensive

  • Some are afraid of flying

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TRAVELING BY TRAIN

Pros:

  • Access to many locations

  • Passes by moderately fast

  • May allow for socializing

Cons:

  • Routes can be inconvenient or confusing

  • Limited options for stops and pricing

  • Limited accessibility for those with disabilities

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TRAVELING BY CAR

Pros:

  • Control over routes/stops

  • Can add cushions/supports for comfort

  • Often most affordable

Cons:

  • Can take a long time

  • A possibility of getting lost

  • Driving alone may not be safe

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How Seniors Can Travel with Ease

For safe, comfortable, and fun travel experiences, seniors can use the following tips:

Prepare Ahead of Time

  • Practice using a map app, write down directions

  • Contact airports or train stations to learn about available assistance options

  • Pack vital items in a carry-on or easily accessible bag in case of emergency or change of plans

  • Research parking options (get a disability tag if necessary)

  • Consult a doctor about plans if travel is a concern for medical reasons

  • Know where medical facilities are located at travel destination

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask other people for help while traveling. Try to ask people who work wherever you are (in a hotel, airport, etc) for safety reasons. Never offer strangers more details than necessary when asking for help.

Bring Someone/Share With Loved Ones

  • Find a friend or relative to travel with

  • Inquire about traveling caregivers if assistance will be needed

  • Share your location on your phone, as well as copies of your itinerary, with loved ones