We’re not saying travelers over 50 need to take things slower or be more cautious or anything like that. We’re talking about using the advantage of years, which often translates into more financial means, to treat yourself to a few perks when traveling. We’re also talking about recognizing our limitations and not letting them stop us from getting out into the world.
Recommendation #1: Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra money to hire your own guide to drive you to places that are off the beaten track. If you have your heart set on seeing that Bolivian salt flat with the flamingoes, but are reticent to drive there yourself, you can always find a reliable local tour guide who will handle all the logistics so you can sit back and really enjoy the trip. Bonus: find someone who is an expert on the local flora and fauna, and they will be able to point out sites along the way that you would never have notice yourself. This is also a great idea if you are going on a trip through wine country. Hire a driver and everyone in your group can taste away knowing your driver is sober and will get you back to your lodgings safe and sound.
Recommendation #2: Bring binoculars if you’re going to be seeing any sporting events, concerts, or wildlife. You’ve spent a ton on the trip, you really want to be able to see stuff once you arrive. It’s nice if you can find lightweight ones, or even try a monocular like this one [the following is an affiliate link, if you click on it and then buy, the Seniortopia Show may receive a small monetary bonus]:
Reminder #1: If you’re over 50, chances are you are taking at least one medication on a regular basis. Always bring full bottles of all your medications, including things you don’t need prescriptions for at home, and pack them in your carry-on bag. I need to take an over-the-counter allergy medicine (inhaled corticosteroid) every day if I don’t want to walk around with a Kleenex box attached to my nose. Imagine my surprise when my bottle ran out overseas and I found out I needed a prescription from a local doctor in order to get another bottle! BONUS if you travel with a list of all your medications and health conditions.
Reminder #2: Get out of your comfort zone! So what if you’ve never kayaked, snorkeled or meditated! Find an expert guide, hook up with a supportive group, remember you only live once and go for it!
What are your reminders and recommendations for your fellow over 50 travelers?