The Baby Boom has become the Silver Tsunami, which means there’s an ongoing influx of 65+ travelers out there.
If you’re one of them, you’ve probably noticed yourself prioritizing comfort in all aspects of life, especially travel. That’s why we’ve compiled some helpful tips that are great for mature travelers … and everyone else, too!
Before You Go
When you’re traveling, you typically sit for long lengths of time and do a lot of walking, so it’s helpful to improve your overall fitness in the weeks leading up to your trip. If you do, you’ll enjoy yourself a lot more.
Increase your level of exercise. Even if you are already active, plan on doing more than you usually do at home.
Include strength building in your fitness routine to make it easier to lift your suitcase into the overhead bin.
Improve your stamina by getting your heart rate going. Climb steps, ride a bike or take a dance class.
Do core exercises that improve your balance and stability, which is helpful when walking on uneven surfaces.
Use the walking or hiking shoes you plan to bring, so you can break them in before your trip.
Pack light, pack light, pack light! You can always do laundry if necessary.
For women, mix and match and use scarves and lightweight accessories to change up the look of an outfit.
Even if you have porterage service as part of your guided tour, we still recommend that you travel with just your carryon suitcase and one personal item.
If you don’t have porterage service, be sure you can carry all of your belongings comfortably. Roller bags don’t always play nice with cobblestone streets and many train stations have only stairs. Plus, if you plan to use public transportation even once during your trip, heavy bags can be a real challenge.
If you’re flying halfway around the world, consider stopping over for a couple of nights in a destination that’s on the way.
Allow plenty of time for any layover connections. You don’t want to be running to your next flight if there are any delays.
Do what you can to avoid jet lag by sleeping well before your flight and staying hydrated during the flight.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Wear compression socks during the flight to ease foot and leg swelling.
Take short walks up and down the aisle of the plane as often as possible.
Do small exercises and stretches to alleviate stiffness in your legs, back and neck. Here are two videos to inspire you:
Don't be ashamed to take it easy. Let yourself slow down and enjoy your surroundings. You don’t have to rush around and see everything in a single day.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. This can make or break your trip.
Choose centrally located accommodations so you have a convenient place to take a break between sites.
Spend at least two nights in each place to allow yourself a more leisurely pace.
If you plan to rent a car, be aware that some countries and rental companies have an upper age limit.
Try a Hop On Hop Off Bus. It’s a great way to get an overview of the city and see the major sites.
If you’re traveling with others who have a faster pace, set up a rendezvous point at a pleasant spot where you can relax and enjoy being on vacation.
These are just a few things you can do to make your next adventure more comfortable.
Do you have any special tips or tricks you use when you travel? We’d love to hear them! Please drop us a line.