You may have noticed, now that you’re in your senior years, traveling during the year-end holidays is getting more and more difficult. What once were minor inconveniences of driving to the airport, parking, going through security and boarding your flight are now troublesome or more so.
Maybe it’s time to let your body and the calendar tell you to do what you can to make this year’s travel schedule easier for you. A few simple tips are worth considering.
1. Know your physical limits in walking, climbing, carrying and doing other activities that are now more difficult for you. Make allowances for them. For example, travel with a carry-on instead of a heavy suitcase. When you feel tired at any time in your travels, find a safe place and get some rest.
2. If you’ll be driving long distances over the holidays, leave your house at dawn before rush hour traffic. and allow plenty of time on all aspects of your journey. If you’re the sole driver, rest every two hours and limit your day to no more than 10 hours, covering about 400 miles. If necessary, spend a night at a motel. If you’re sharing driving tasks, work out a two-hour shift schedule with the other driver, so you can snooze when you’re not at the wheel.
3. Set your road travel schedule to airports and terminals so you arrive for your flight, bus or train departure at least an hour before the schedule listing. Avoid needing to rush through large terminals to get to security and check-in. Always keep in mind that end-of-year holidays are when travel is at its heaviest everywhere.
4. Always be aware of security needs. While traveling, have a fully-charged cell phone within reach at all times, day and night. Cue in numbers you can click instantly for help, such as 9-1-1, your doctor and family members who should know where you are throughout your travel schedule.
5. Eat lightly and at your regular times. If you’re on a heavy holiday travel schedule, whether air, train, bus or car, don’t over-indulge in food nor alchoholic drinks. If you’re driving long distances, especially at night, stay away from alcohol totally.
6. Take enough of your prescribed medications to last throughout your holiday travels. Additionally, pack some over-the-counter pharmaceuticals in case of colds, upset stomach, arthritic pain and other unexpected ailments.
Now you’re in your senior years, but feel you can handle all frustrations and strains of holiday travel as successfully as you have in past years. Hopefully, that is absolutely correct. However, it can only help things to go just as smoothly if you take some simple precautions.