The number of senior travellers holidaying abroad by themselves seems to be on the rise, with many more seniors travelling to a wide range of destinations from Asia to the Americas on their own. There are several reasons for this, for example, the increase in medications that enable seniors to treat a wide range of medical conditions with medication rather than with frequent visits to their GP, as well as better retirement pensions and cheaper travel options. However, it’s still very important that senior travellers holidaying abroad on their own take the required precautions.
Take Out the Right Travel Insurance Cover
First and foremost, seniors travelling abroad (whether by themselves, with friends or a partner or spouse) need to take out the right level of travel insurance. So, what’s the right level of travel insurance for a senior travelling abroad on their own? That depends on a variety of things, including:
- Pre-existing medical conditions. Definitions of the term differ from insurer to insurer, but generally, a pre-existing medical condition is one which requires medication, has been treated within a certain time period, or required a surgical operation. Medical Travel Compared is a good example of a comparison website which enables seniors to obtain quotes from multiple insurers that offer pre-existing medical condition travel insurance.
- Age. Although you may be fit as a fiddle, it’s still important to recognise that the older we get the more susceptible we are to ailments and injuries. This means seniors need to focus on the medical treatment aspects of policies, including medical repatriation, when taking out travel insurance.
- Premiums. Although senior travellers can expect to pay more for travel insurance than a university student, that doesn’t mean they should find travel insurance policies expensive. Just because you’re a senior doesn’t mean you have to pay top dollar for cover.
The right level of travel insurance cover is essential for all travellers, especially seniors travelling solo.
Watch What You Eat and Drink Overseas
You know what you can and can’t eat, so although it’s tempting to eat foods that you know you shouldn’t you still need to eat sensibly. This is especially important if you’re prone to stomach related ailments, such as irritable bowel syndrome, which affects many seniors. Enjoy what’s on offer when travelling abroad, but don’t take any unnecessary risks.
Consider What You Bring and What You Wear
Senior travellers are often considered easier targets than younger travellers, so consider the clothes and jewellery that you wear and the items, like smartphones and cameras, that you bring with you. Use hotel safes and lockboxes wherever possible and mind the bling! There’s no reason to make yourself more of a target to thieves and criminals.
There’s no reason why seniors can’t travel the world freely and have a great time doing so, even with pre-existing medical conditions that require medication or have been treated recently. If you’re planning on that long-dreamed-of trip abroad, plan your trip well, take out the right level of insurance cover and don’t take any unnecessary risks. You’ll have a great time!