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Mistakes Most Senior Travelers Make & How to Avoid Them

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Written by Lauren Saccone

Getting older doesn’t mean the end to your adventures. More and more senior citizens are hitting the road, traveling to parts unknown and exploring the world around them. With a little extra in savings and a lot of life experience, seniors are making the most of their golden years. That being said, even the most seasoned of travelers make mistakes that can add up to a whole lot of aggravation. Luckily, we’ve got everything you need to know about having a sensational senior travel experience. Here are the top mistakes made by senior travelers, and how to keep them from ruining your vacation.

Skipping the Discounts

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If you’re a senior traveler, there are plenty of amazing discounts out there just waiting for you to take advantage. Many credit cards and airlines offer discounts to senior citizens, as do a lot of travel packages. Ask your hotel what they can offer; you’d be surprised at all of the perks out there. Doing some research beforehand could save you a ton of money on your dream vacation.

Ditching Medical Insurance

Are you going overseas? Do you have a serious medical condition? Then it might be time to take out some travel insurance before you pack your bags. Medical insurance can be a real game changer for people with health issues. It can help protect you against accidents, sudden health scares, and a host of other concerns. Talk to your insurance provider or credit card company and find the plan that works best for you and your needs.

Packing Your Itinerary

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Of course you want to do a ton of things on your vacation — but too much of a good thing can quickly turn sour. It’s important to pace yourself and make sure there’s plenty of time to rest and recover. Be realistic about what you can accomplish in a day, and make sure you schedule in downtime. Your vacation will be a lot more relaxing, and a whole lot more fun overall. Plus, you’ll be able to prioritize the things you really want to do and can skip out on the less exciting options.

Cashing In

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While traveling, try not to carry too much cash on your person. Tourists (and senior tourists in particular) are often targeted by pickpockets and scammers. The best way to avoid these dangers is by sticking to plastic and keeping your cash to a minimum. If you’re particularly digitally savvy you can sign up for a service that lets you pay using your phone. Just swipe and go, without worrying about unsavory people taking advantage of you during your travels,

Sticking Only to Tours

Tours can be a great way to see the world and explore, but they’re not the only option out there. Many senior citizens end up settling for subpar tour experiences that don’t give them the time they want to explore. So if you just can’t find the tour that suits your needs, skip it! Many spots offer options for people who want to explore on their own. If you’re feeling adventurous, head over to your point of interest, grab a guidebook (or download one online) and start sight-seeing! You can proceed at your own pace, focus on what really interests you, and skip the things that don’t.

Avoiding Local Interests

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If you’re at a resort, it can be easy to forget about the world outside the resort gates. This can be a major mistake, so find out if there are local spots you can check out outside the resort. This is an amazing way to see cool local art and shops, and try out unexpected culinary treats. You’ll discover all sorts of things you’d never otherwise know about, and come home with a host of great memories (not to mention some truly unique souvenirs). Your hotel or resort can give you inside info on the best places to go, which to steer clear of, and how you can get around safely and easily.


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Lauren Saccone