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Top 5 Travel Tips for Seniors

Summer has arrived! It’s time to break out the beach chairs, picnic baskets, tents, and cameras. With a more active senior population than ever, it’s no surprise that senior travel trends are on the upswing. In fact, most of the seniors polled by AARP in a recent survey planned on taking four to five trips in 2018. Before you hop in a plane, train, or automobile, be sure to read these five tips to help keep your travel plans safe and stress-free.

Make your doctor’s office the first stop.
Seniors should schedule a visit with their primary doctor prior to any long trips. Your doctor can recommend location-specific vaccines and oer tips on how to administer your medications if you’re traveling across times zones.

Want to use a travel agent? Use one that specializes in senior travel.
AARP provides an online library of travel-related articles and advice for seniors along with contact information for agents who specialize in senior travel

Consider travel insurance.
Travel insurance can be extremely valuable for older adults, who are more prone to injury or getting sick.

Flying? Ask your airline what, if any, additional services it offers for seniors.
Special considerations for senior passengers vary by airline (e.g., Delta oers electric carts at some airports, and has two programs specifically designed to help with the security and boarding process). It helps to do your research before booking your flight. If you’re working with an airline representative, and you have questions that can be answered, feel free to call the Transportation Security Administration hotline (855-787-2227)

Be sure to ask about senior citizens discount!
A lot of popular travel services like Amtrak tickets, plane ticket, and hotel accommodations oer senior citizen discounts, so be sure to ask!