November 29, 2015

Choosing travel destinations for elderly parents

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For many seniors, retirement opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Kids are grown and are on their own, and they are no longer tied to their job. This is a chance for them to get away, see the world, and enjoy life.

 

The problems most seniors face in planning a vacation

There is lot of information out there in travel websites suggesting where to go, how to get there, the best place to stay, the best place to eat, what to avoid at all costs and of course the best deals. It is with this information that planning a trip has become very easy for most of us.

For most seniors to choose a good travel website and tailor a trip with a best deals may be difficult enough to avoid travelling. To overcome this some seniors may visit a local travel agent, who may not give the kind of attention required for a good tour plan. You could help plan a trip for your parents and find the best deals for them.

 

What you need to know to plan a trip for your for your loved ones

  • Limited mobility, regular medications that have side effects, tiring easily are issues which a average elderly parents might be facing.
  • Moreover some Seniors move at a different pace, and have different physical, emotional needs. They may not like hour by hour plan.
  • Right location is the first step towards planning a great trip.
  • Choose places with conveniences like ease of transportation, choices of restaurants, good medical facilities etc.
  • Consider the time of year and the weather as well. Summer, with its crowds and heat can be challenging to any traveler, and downright no for a senior citizen.
  • Do not try to cram in too many locations, either.
  • Retired persons are used to going at their own pace at home, and do not expect them to switch to a “vacation” mode. It may take hours to have breakfast, get dressed, and plan the day, because that is what happens at home, too.
  • Make only loose plans for each day, and allow for several options depending on the energy level.
  • Sometimes, just a slow walk around the neighborhood or to the lively market stalls will be plenty to fill your parents entire plate.
  • Above all, choose place where they can enjoy the quiet times.

 

Conclusion

If your elderly parents prefer quiet times, look for a slow-paced 1-week vacation that’s a more unhurried escape than hectic vacation filled with must-see sights.

In a diverse country like India, you can never be out of choice for planning a trip with your aging parents. Some suggested destinations for elderly in India:

 

  • Andamans - For clean beaches

These destinations does explore a few tourist sites, but mostly it’s about relaxing and enjoying a few beautiful and varied environments.

If you have recently planned a trip for your parents please let us know about it.

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Krishna

Krishna is the originator and the primary contributor of this website. Engineer by profession and a avid reader. The mission of the website is to understand issues and find solutions which 60 plus parents may be facing as they enter the phase of emptynest.

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