For many Americans, retirement brings with it the luxury of time for travel. After several decades in the workplace, seniors dream of hitting the road in their RV or taking to the skies for a European vacation.
Here are a few tips to help senior travelers enjoy a more organized, safe, and cost-efficient vacation:
- Leave behind a detailed itinerary. Give a detailed travel itinerary to a family member or friend. Be sure to include the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the people and places you plan to visit, as well as flight information and airline ticket numbers.
If you will be traveling overseas, the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs recommends that you also include a passport number, the date and place that it was issued, and your credit card and traveler’s check information.
- Pack your medications properly and carefully. Refill your prescriptions before leaving on your vacation, and keep the phone numbers for your doctors and pharmacies in your possession.
Also, consider carrying a short note from your physician explaining why the medication is needed. If you'll be traveling overseas, make sure you pack your medications in your carry-on baggage in their original bottles.
- Take along several prepaid phone cards. According to the travel guide "Independent Traveler", prepaid phone cards are the easiest, cheapest, and simplest way to make telephone calls when traveling, especially when staying in a hotel or when you're traveling internationally.
Cards such as the Sprint Prepaid PhoneCard offer low per-minute rates, and they can be used throughout the U.S. and abroad. Travelers should never have to search for change or pay expensive hotel calling charges again.
“About one-third of Americans on vacation use prepaid phone cards as their main method of communicating while traveling,” said Brad Kropf, director of prepaid solutions at Sprint.
“By offering prepaid phone cards that are both affordable and convenient, Sprint is helping seniors stay connected while vacationing throughout the U.S. and abroad.”
- Take all necessary preventative measures. If you'll be traveling abroad, research the destinations that you plan to visit and determine if you need to be immunized against any endemic diseases, or if you need a vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A, polio, or typhoid.
- Avoid overexposing your photos. If you'll be traveling by air and returning home with exposed film you should pack it in your carry-on luggage. Don't check it because the baggage x-ray machines will overexpose the film. Always ask that your film be hand inspected.
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