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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 16, 2019

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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        • (1) Research
        • (2) Deciding the topic
        • (3) Creating the outline
        • (4) Drafting the content
        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
        • (6) Revision
        • (7) etc.

        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

        2. Change Your Environment

        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

        6. Get a Buddy

        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

        Reality check:

        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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