Everyone has that place they’ve always been meaning to visit “one day”. When the kids are finished school, when the mortgage is paid off, when the grandkids are older or when they retire – there can be a lot of reasons people put off taking that magical trip, but as more seniors are discovering, age isn’t one of them. There’s actually more reasons than ever for seniors to travel, and more travel agents, tours, incentives and products on the market that cater specifically for those who want to take their time and soak up every moment of the journey.
If you’re ready to take the trip you’ve always wanted to, or you’ve finally reached that place where you are free to enjoy the benefits of travel without the hassle, hustle and bustle here’s some top tips to take all the stress out of your holiday.
Use A Travel Agent
Booking through a travel agent makes arranging a trip easy and stress-free. By appointing a travel consultant you can have one simple point of contact to arrange your whole trip for you. Simply let them know where you would like to go, when you want to head off and what budget you have in mind and let them take care of all your flights, transfers, accommodation, sight-seeing tours and- in some cases- even meals along the way. Best of all, most travel agents also have access to great rates for packages and tours, seniors’ discounts and be able to give advice on the best times of year to travel.
Choose Senior Specific Operators
It sounds cliché but seeking out tourism operators that cater specifically to seniors is the best way to ensure you enjoy your trip and get to make some great new travel friends along the way. Cruise lines, train journeys and coach tours all over the world offer specific group trips that offer premium comfort and limited numbers to ensure you can enjoy the very best each destination has to offer at your own pace.
Select The Best Time To Travel
Another great perk of travelling as a senior is having the freedom to choose how long you want to travel for- and selecting the time of year you wish to go. By taking a trip outside “peak” season, you can experience all the sights, tastes and sounds of your dream destination, often at a lower rate. It can also mean you don’t have to navigate large crowds or long ques during your trip.
Purchase Travel Insurance
Whether you’re 18 or 80, it’s always best to take out travel insurance when you’re planning a trip either in Australia or overseas. Your travel agent can help you choose a policy that will cover you, not only for physical injury or illness, but for pre-existing conditions, cancellations or return travel if required- and more. There are a range of products available that cater specifically to seniors and your travel agent will help you compare different insurance options to help you find the one that best suits your needs.
Once you’ve got these few bases covered the only big decision you’ll have to make is where you want to go and when you want to come home. By seeking advice from travel experts before you leave, you’ll be sure to return some fantastic new friends and wonderful memories to share.