TravelCard customer, Dorothy, recently turned 100 years old and here she shares with us her best travel tips for seniors from years of Domestic and International travel.
- I always pack too much; try and pack lightweight clothes (unless of course you are travelling in winter) and not too many items.
- Mix and match coloured items are the best.
- There is always a laundry on cruise ships and laundromats in many local neighbourhoods.
- Always start under the airlines recommended weight so you can buy things on your travels.
- Always be careful what you have in your cabin luggage. Check with the airlines, and the country to be visited, to make sure you don’t have prohibited items.
Tips for keeping active on long flights
My daughter insists that for long flights we travel ‘business class’ which allows me to put my feet up and have a good sleep when I need it. You have good access to movies and documentaries and I always take my crossword books with me.
Best ways to travel
Travel ‘business class’ where possible when going to your destination. We prefer to take cruises because once on board, we can unpack our clothes and get comfortable knowing that we don’t have to pack and unpack every day such as if you were on a bus tour. This means at any time if I get tired, I can go back to the cabin and relax for a while.
The cruises are peaceful, all the meals catered, there are so many forms of entertainment on board and day tours that can be arranged in each port. We have always found the staff to be so courteous and helpful.
Travelling with medication or a ‘walker’ – any tips?
I have to use a ‘walker’ for getting around so we need to find holidays that have more of a slower pace about them and where the ‘walker’ can be accommodated. A ‘walker’ that can easily be folded and is of light weight is recommended. The airlines are very helpful when travelling and they can go as luggage at no extra cost. Some of the biggest challenges have been passing though security in the various countries especially as I have to travel with a set amount of medicinal tablets. I always travel with a letter from my doctor that indicates not only what tablets I take, but how often, and what they are for. I was held up at Miami airport at security because my medicine bag came up as positive for explosives, some heart medications will do that so one has to be prepared.
Also, make sure you have enough tablets to cover the whole trip plus a few extra days as getting more in a foreign country can be difficult and expensive.
We tend to travel with Princess Cruises, they provide information about destinations and because they travel so often we will choose a place we have never been, is of interest and is within dates that would suit us. We normally go through a Travel agent to arrange it all.
The most important of the travel tips for seniors is I think it is imperative to take out travel insurance for all sections of the trip. As you get older, fewer and fewer companies will insure over 90’s and I had great difficulty getting insurance this year as I was 99 when the Alaska trip came up. Fortunately, we were put in touch with TravelCard and they were only too willing to insure me at a very competitive price after getting all my details. I wouldn’t have been able to do my Alaska cruise if I couldn’t have got insurance.