Being over fifty doesn’t mean your life is over. As a matter of fact, you’ve still got plenty more living to do. The average lifespan of women in the U.S. is 78 years. That means there’s still time to experience some remarkable adventures.
The best benefit of traveling over fifty is that you have a seasoned mind and heart to guide your travels. Take a few moments before you start planning your next trip, and read through some helpful travel tips for women over fifty.
Choose your destination with care
Planning ahead gives you more options for travel. Choose a destination that makes sense. If you’re over fifty, you probably don’t want to plan a two-day hike through the Grand Canyon, for example.
There are also some countries which aren’t as welcoming to female visitors. Understand the culture of where you choose to travel, so you don’t accidentally put yourself in a sketchy position.
Choose your accommodations wisely
Consider what you need to truly feel comfortable while you’re away from home, and find accommodations that match your criteria. You may need a downstairs room.
You may want the homey feel of a bed and breakfast. If you’re traveling with someone special, you may need accommodations for two. Whatever the case may be, your travel accommodations are a large part of whether or not you have a good trip.
Plan for your medical issues
Another reason planning ahead is so important is that you may likely have some medical conditions to maintain as you travel. It’s good to know where the nearest hospital or pharmacy is located, so you can handle any medical emergencies that may arise.
If you’re traveling overseas, it helps to check out what the World Health Organization may have to say about your destination country. Foreign travel makes it especially important to plan ahead.
Pack lightweight pieces of luggage
You may not feel up to lugging an 80lb suitcase around with you on your trip. It may help to pack two smaller bags to spread the weight of your belongings and leave some extra space for souvenirs.
You may even want to consider arranging for your luggage to be shipped and delivered to your destination without the hassle of keeping up with it throughout your travels.
Take sensible safety precautions
Take the time to think of safety, no matter where you choose to travel. Know where the “rough” areas of town are, and don’t place yourself in a compromising position during your visit.
Carry your bag across your body and not on your shoulder. Place valuable belonging in a hotel safe, and take the road most traveled. Staying in public places will help keep you safer.