Senior citizen travel is on the rise. After decades of working, seniors are now enjoying expanding their horizons whether visiting family or new places.
Senior Citizen Travel
AARP, in their publication “Real Travel” speculates, in an article called “2015 Boomer Travel Trends, that, in 2015, the average baby boomer took 4 to 5 trips. About half of those traveling stayed in the U.S.
- Seniors travel to experience a change in routine.
- They travel to visit family.
- They want to relax when they travel.
The least amount of senior citizen travel is done in the winter.
Using Public Transportation
The majority of senior air travel is on domestic flights.
SMALL PERKS MAKE FLYING FOR SENIOR CITIZEN TRAVEL EASIER
- People over 75 don’t have to take their shoes off for security.
- Seniors, if they request it, can leave on light jackets through security.
- Older people with medical equipment can request a pat down.
- Seniors can carry medical with prescription on the bottle.
- Those over 65 can request boarding during pre-boarding.
- Assistance with carry on luggage can be requested.
- Discounted prices should be requested.
Seniors who travel by air face the same issues as any other traveller….luggage, transportation, weather, availability just to mention a few. With proper planning and a bit of luck, the convenience and speed of air travel can benefit seniors.
Seniors traveling by air should:
- Ask about discounts.
- Book “in terminal” transportation.
- Request early boarding.
- Secure the seating of their choice.
- Receive all the concessions possible going through security.
- Report all medical conditions.
- Arrange travel to and from the airport.
- Move about during flights of more than 2 hour duration.
Watch a movie. Have a snack. Take a nap. You’ll be there before you know it.
Rail used to be the only reliable means of travel over any distance. Replaced by the family car, train travel is making a comeback among seniors. With time for travel, sitting on a train watching the countryside roll by is a favorite pastime for many seniors.
Fares are relatively inexpensive. Amtrak.com reports, “And since Amtrak travelers 62 years of age and over are eligible to receive a 15% discount on most trains, it becomes an affordable alternative.” Amtrak.com invites you to:
Learn More About the Onboard Experience
For those who can’t afford the comfort and convenience of a roomon a train, experienced rail travelers have great advice. Plan your trip well. Travel by train for city to city. Stay in a hotel each night and get on the train when you are ready to roll.
Train travel is safe, convenient, comfortable interesting and relaxing. Plan a small trip to see if you enjoy it.
Up until the 90’s bus was an inexpensive, convenient way to see the country. With family cars and air travel, long bus trips the number of people taking long bus trips has declined. Many people still travel with national and local carriers.
Bus tours are popular with for senior citizen travel because they are comfortable, safe, relatively inexpensive and destination specific.
Things to Check when Considering a Bus Tour Package.
- Bus Tour Company Reputation
- Tour Group
- Price – Inclusive or A La Carte
Bus tours are booked around regional tours, seasonal features or specific destinations. For example, bus tours to view fall foliage in New England are popular. Tours, from a number of cities in the U.S. travel to for Las Vegas. Capitol cities of Europe is a popular tour in that part of the world.
Bus tours are highly scheduled. Personal Itineraries must be planned keeping the bus itinerary in mind.
Cruising is becoming more popular daily for senior citizen travel. Some seniors are choosing to live on cruise ships for the experience of continuously travelling in pampered comfort.
Smartertravel.com in an article entitled, “Best Cruises for Seniors” states, “We want a comfortable experience. We love to visit several ports without the hassles of having to pack and unpack at different hotels in different cities. And we want to be pampered a little bit more—with good food and service, great entertainment and activities, and a good value for our vacation dollars.”
Things to Think about before a Cruise:
- Cruiseline Reputation
- Ammenities Included
- Shipboard Activities
- Ports of Call
- Cabin Configuration
- Dining Diversity
- Dining Protocol
Cruises can be months long or an overnight to a special event or destination. They can be on a lakes, rivers or on the oceans of the world. Consequently, there is always a new cruise to be enjoyed
One the Road
More seniors than ever are taking to the open road to visit family, see new sites or just get away. The number increases yearly because senior health is improving and society, in general, is becoming more mobile.
Of course, the family car is the number one choice of seniors taking road trips. But, many seniors are opting for taking a bit of their home with them in an RV.
“A recreational vehicle (RV) is, in North America, the usual term for a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with living space and amenities found in a home. Several definitions exist for RVs and vary by region, including “camper van“, “caravan“, and “motorhome“, but are also used to designate different types of vehicles outside North America, hence “RV” is preferred.” Wikipedia.com
There a lot of types of recreational vehicles on the road today as demonstrated by this list provided by Wikipedia.
Price, size, furnishing, storage, bathroom, and vehicle handling all most factor into choosing an RV.
The best way to find an RV is to visit a dealership and walk through every model. Look at everyone within your price range to find the one for you.
This class “C” is on a truck chasis. Its small but perfect for two people and their dog.
Whether driving 25 miles to visit grandchildren or flying halfway around the world, if you’re a senior who travels, you are part of a trend that grows annually. After years of work, seniors want to see new things at their own pace.
Take a moment to leave a comment below. Are you a senior who enjoys traveling? What’s your favorite way to travel? What’s your favorite destination.