Johnny Cash sang about travel… “I’ve been everywhere, man.” As a country singer, he was destined to have seen most of the world, including the United States. Seniors remember family vacations in station wagons, without seat belts, air conditioning, or navigation systems. Cruises? Month long destinations? Quiet little get-aways? These were not so common when youngsters were part of the equation.

Seniors are now looking at travel from a different perspective. There is more time to soak in sights, focus on particular interests, and enjoy destinations further from home. Vacationing in older years is more about discovering new destinations, honoring physical abilities, meeting new people, and making or renewing memories rather than keeping the kids happy and simply taking time off from work.

Take a cruise! Unpack suitcases only once and let the cruise line do the “driving.” Cruises are available in the United States or abroad. Seniors will find leisurely excursions; port stops to immerse themselves in another culture under the watchful eye of a guide and enjoy a gourmet meal upon day’s end with clean sheets every night.

Seniors desiring a change of weather have many options… Santa Fe, San Antonio, Key West, just to name a few. Cities in warmer climates have communities designed for older citizens. These vacation get-aways offer pools, golf courses, pickle ball, and numerous activities geared to Seniors.

A family vacation may have found youngsters (and parents) wanting to scale rocks, hike deserts, be sprayed by a geyser, even ride the rapids. Seniors? Probably not so much. However, Seniors over the age of 62 are able to visit National Parks at a more leisurely pace with a lifetime senior pass, available for $80. Gold Star families and veterans are free.

Tips for travelling Seniors:

  • Plan ahead.
  • Know personal limitations.
  • Remember medications. Carry a list of medications with dosage amounts.
  • Pack copies of Medicare cards, passports, POA papers, and other important documents. Place them separately from originals and leave copies with trusted family members.
  • Be aware of surroundings. “Nothing good happens after midnight” applies to all ages.

Bridge to Better Living travels vicariously through many of their clients. Transition Consultants are always ready to hear stories of past adventures. BUT… if you or your loved ones would like to learn about transitioning to Independent, Assisted, Memory Assisted, or Long-Term care… Bridge to Better Living is your best first choice. We are eager to share our tips and insights to communities best suiting your needs. Call Bridge to Better Living today. Everyone should believe in something. We believe in YOU.