According to a recent American study into the link between leisure activities and depression among older adults, picking up a hobby is beneficial for our mental health. With this in mind, it’s worth planning that trip abroad.
Travel is a brilliant hobby. Whether you’ve always wanted to see the pyramids up close, travel by steam train, or have a hankering to travel to Sicily and try an escorted tour, this is the perfect time to start ticking off your list of dream destinations.
If you’re about to book your trip away, read on for some top travel tips to make your holiday perfect.
Plan your stay
Taking a trip can be expensive, but you’ll find that you can benefit from cheaper hotel rates and free bus rides when you’re a senior, reducing costs. Look out for similar deals in the places you’re visiting – you might find that you can get discounted meals or cheap tickets to local entertainment.
If you feel comfortable driving in other countries, hiring a car can be a great option. This allows you to see the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, booking a tour allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.
Buy travel insurance
As soon as you’ve made your travel plans, arrange your travel insurance. This will keep you covered while you’re away and add some peace of mind. While you’re unlikely to injure yourself, it’s good to have that added level of protection. Shop around for insurance deals and double-check the policy to make sure you know what you’re covered for.
Remember your medication
Are you on any medication? If so, you’ll need to make sure you’re fully stocked up and have everything you need for your travels.
Also, you must check whether you need vaccinations before you set off. Some countries require that you’re immunised before you leave the UK, so check ahead and book your jabs early.
Print your travel documents
Get your documents together. Make sure your passport is in date and keep it with your flight information and travel details. Having printouts in your hand luggage is the easiest way to access what you need when you need it, so pop everything in a wallet and keep everything close at hand.
Keeping safe while you’re away is the same as at home. Try to avoid unlit areas, don’t walk alone at night, and keep your belongings on you or in the hotel safe. It can be easy to lose your inhibitions while you’re on holiday but keeping our wits about you will keep you safe.
Drink water! This might sound simple but when you’re in a warmer country, you’ll find that you’re at great risk of sunstroke. Keeping hydrated will make sure you’re looking after yourself in the sun.
Also, remember to wear sunscreen. Apply SPF 50 or higher every day to prevent damage to your skin and avoid getting burnt on day one of your holiday.
Feeling ready to go? Happy travels!