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Notes To Keep In Mind When Traveling As An Older Person

Notes To Keep In Mind When Traveling As An Older Person

People always want to travel while they are still young, but most of them can not afford to spend much time traveling – whether it be because of issues with finances, work, or stress of raising a young family. However, when you are older, you have a lot more time on your hands that is not often taken advantage of. Being a senior citizen, or an elderly person, might mean encountering a health issue while you travel, but I’m here to argue that the fear of the unknown is not a good enough reason to put traveling in the backseat. Think about it, the time spent during your retirement could be a lot more peaceful and worthwhile if you spend it on a tropical island somewhere without a care in the world.

Below are some necessary notes to keep in mind when traveling as an older person:

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Choose the Appropriate Destination

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    Choosing a travel destination depends on the traveler’s habit, but most older people prefer peaceful and natural places over noisy places because such places will help them have plenty of relaxation time to really enjoy and feel life. Therefore, Japan, Southeast Korea, Taiwan, or Vietnam are the ideal choices for them. Besides that, if your parents want to have the trip that combines famous temples with stunning nature, Myanmar, Thailand, and Hong Kong are among the number one choices for them. Furthermore, older tourists should restrict more exploratory attractions, like mountaineering, trekking through the jungle, snorkeling, or walking too much, which can have a negative impact on their health due to stress it places on their bodies.

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    Select the Suitable Travel Time

    Whether traveling inside or outside of your country, each destination will have different weather depending on the time of year you travel. Be sure to check the weather of the destination during the time you intend to travel before deciding where you want to visit. Therefore, you also need to choose a time that is not too harsh for older travelers. The best choice is during the fall, which is considered the season that has the best weather during the year for most destinations in the world. For example, if you intend to travel to South Korea, the fall will be a wonderful time for traveling because this time has a moderate temperature, beautiful nature scenes, and less of a rainy and cold climate. In addition, if the weather is too cold or too hot, it can also cause an adverse effect on older people during the trip and such chronic diseases, such as arthritis, sinusitis, hypertension can become worse.

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      Prepare for Good Health

      In order to have a safe trip, older people should have a health check with their primary care physician before traveling to know the full extent of their health situation and know if they meet the requirements to have the greenlight to travel. Then, depending on the health check result, they can decide if they should change the trip or get the advice from the doctor to ensure that they have good health and avoid a bad situation during the trip. Moreover, you should remember that people over 75 years old need a certification of health by doctors if they want to travel abroad.

      Consider a Travel Partner

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        When you become older, your health can be big trouble while traveling alone, therefore, having a partner to travel together with can help you in bad situations that potentially happen. If you absolutely cannot travel with a partner, you should travel with an agency to make sure of your safety within the trip. For adults over 75 years old, traveling with people 60 years old or under is the necessary thing to do to protect and ensure your safety. Therefore, you should find the best partner to travel with, such as a family member or a friend.

        Bring Lightweight Luggage

        Some people like to bring everything in their home with them when they travel because they think they can help them during the trip. However, if you bring too many items, you only making things more difficult to transfer, especially if you are an older traveler. Hence, you should only bring necessary things with you, such as clothes, outerwear essentials, toiletries, and medicine. Arrange them items in your luggage so that the most important things are easily accessible. In addition, all personal documents, as well as notes about communication, must be stored carefully because older people are more likely to forget where they’ve placed them.

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        Last Updated on September 20, 2018

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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