We all have a little bit of a travel bug in us – and if you’ve spent years wondering what sort of activities to include in your retirement plan then you may want to consider jetsetting abroad for a holiday or two.
If you’ve decided to pack your bags and set off for a few weeks – or months! – then here are some helpful tips to send you off on your journey.
Can’t decide if you want to spend a couple of weeks soaking up the sun in Fiji or Hawaii? Then opt to take a cruise for a few weeks.
Taking a cruise is one of the best ways for the elderly to travel, as it means that you don’t have to move around too much between airports and hotels, as your cruise ship will be a combination of both!
It also means that you can hop on and off wherever you please. Thailand, Alaska, French Polynesia, New York – the choice is yours depending on which line you decide to take!
Cruise ships also have a lot of planned activities on board, with features like live theatres, comedy clubs, bars, and restaurants. This allows you to meet with others that are onboard and make connections with new people.
Before you head off on your post-retirement OE, make sure that you get a good run-over by a doctor to ensure that you’re fit for travel. There’s nothing like getting sick or injured overseas and having to deal with foreign hospitals and occasionally high costs.
Once you’ve got the go-ahead from your doctor then ensure that you fill out any necessary prescriptions before you leave. Upon entry, some countries need a declaration for medications – so it may be best to keep a copy of your prescription with you.
The most important thing of all is to appoint an emergency contact. Have one both at your home and your destination to ensure that someone can be notified in the event of an emergency. You may also find it beneficial to carry your emergency contact’s information with you at all times, should something bad happen to you.
Remember to keep your passport in a safe place when you’re not using it, along with any other important medical documents that you do not want to lose.
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