Travel Tips for Seniors

Posted in General Seniors Travellers Able2Travel, Travel Insurance for Seniors, travel tips on 8 April 2024

As we grow older, traveling can become more challenging. At Able2Travel, we have always believed that exploring new destinations, experiencing different cultures, and making cherished memories should be accessible to everyone, regardless of age. However, we are aware that senior travellers are more likely to face unique considerations and challenges during their journeys than others. That's why we've compiled a list of travel tips tailored for the older generation, helping you to ensure your next adventure is not only enjoyable but also as safe and stress-free as possible.

1. Have your medications organised

Before setting off on your journey, ensure that you have an ample supply of all necessary medications. Where possible, pack them in your carry-on bag to avoid any potential issues with lost baggage. Additionally, consider bringing along a list of your medications, including dosages and any allergies, in case of emergencies.

2. Buy the appropriate Travel Insurance

Buying appropriate Travel Insurance is a sensible decision for travellers of any age, but it can be especially important for seniors. You want to check your policy provides cover for eventualities including, but not limited to, medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost belongings.

You may find it worth considering purchasing a specialist Seniors Travel Insurance to provide cover for your specific needs and concerns. This may include pre-existing medical conditions that you need cover for, or cover once you reach a certain age as many policies have an age limit that you may no longer fall under.

At Able2Travel, we can provide cover for 1000’s of pre-existing medical conditions, offering Single Trip policies to travellers of any age, and Annual Multi-Trip policies to those aged up to 79.

To find out more about Able2Travel’s Travel Insurance policies, scroll to the bottom of this article.

3. Speak with your doctor before traveling

Consulting with your GP before traveling is crucial, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Your doctor can provide valuable advice, adjust medications if necessary, and offer recommendations specific to your health needs while traveling.

They will also be able to advise you of any specific considerations for your intended destination, such as vaccines, potentially providing you with invaluable travel advice.

4. Know your travel details

Familiarise yourself with your trip itinerary, including transport schedules, accommodation details, and excursion plans. Having a clear understanding of your travel plan will help alleviate any confusion when you arrive at your destination and during your holiday.

5. Have your travel documents to hand

Keep important travel documents, such as passports, visas, Travel Insurance policies, and emergency contact information, easily accessible. Consider making copies or storing digital copies of these documents in case of loss or theft.

Having these important documents to hand can be a really good idea especially if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing to contact an emergency assistance provider for example. Whilst we hope you have a great travel experience, the unexpected can happen so make sure you don’t forget any documents pertinent to your trip.

6. Pack light

This is something that often gets overlooked in terms of travel tips for elderly holidaymakers. Packing efficiently is essential for hassle-free travel, particularly if you have limited mobility. Stick to essentials and versatile clothing items to minimize the weight of your luggage and make navigating airports and train stations easier.

Packing the essentials is ultimately a tip for travelling in general as the lighter you pack, the easier it is to get around.

7. Have your luggage delivered where possible

You’ll find that many travel services offer luggage delivery options, allowing you to bypass the hassle of hauling heavy bags through airports or train stations. By taking advantage of these services, you can simplify your journey and conserve your energy for exploration.

8. Stretch your legs/Take breaks

Long periods of sitting during travel can lead to stiffness and discomfort, especially for seniors. Deep vein thrombosis can be a serious risk for seniors that is brought on by lack of movement so make a conscious effort to stretch your legs and take short walks during layovers or pit stops whenever possible.

Consider getting aisle seats where possible as well as this will make it easier to stretch, get up, and use the restroom. Ultimately, staying mobile will help improve circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots.

9. Stay hydrated

Proper hydration is essential for overall health and well-being, particularly while traveling. Carry a refillable water bottle and drink plenty of fluids throughout your journey to prevent dehydration and fatigue.

Whilst you are currently only able to take a limited amount of liquids through airport security, you can take an empty water bottle with you and there are typically refillable water stations dotted around airports.

This may change however, as the UK Government has put a deadline on new security scanners being implemented in UK airports which would allow you to take a higher volume of liquid with you.

10. Look for senior discounts

Many airlines, hotels, and attractions offer discounted rates for seniors. It is always great to take advantage of these deals as it will save you money on your trip and help you make the most of your travel budget.

Comparison sites are a great starting point as these tend to say whether you can get a discount or not or at a minimum will give you an idea of what you want on holiday. Then if you choose to book your hotel room directly with the provider then be sure to ask the question in order to save yourself some money.

11. Contact your credit card company prior to traveling

You will save yourself a lot of hassle if you inform your credit card company of your travel plans prior to setting off on your trip. By doing so, you will avoid any unexpected issues with transactions abroad and your provider is unlikely to put a hold on your card if they know you are in a foreign country.

Some credit card companies may also offer you travel-related perks or assistance services for using your card abroad. Double check this before travelling to take advantage of these offers where possible.

12. Travel off-season

Traveling during off-peak seasons can offer numerous benefits for seniors, including fewer crowds, lower prices, and milder weather. By researching and visiting destinations that are less popular during certain times of the year, you can take advantage of smaller queues and spend your time exploring rather than waiting.

13. Arrive early

This is a must if you want to ensure you have as smooth a journey as possible. Give yourself plenty of time to navigate airports, train stations, or other transportation hubs in case it is confusing finding where you need to be. Arriving early also reduces stress and allows for unexpected delays or complications without jeopardising your overall travel plans.

Also consider checking in online for your flight to avoid the hassle of having to wait around for longer than you need to. It is also worth baring in mind that there is often a limit to how early you can check in for flights for example.

14. Do your research

Thoroughly research your destination, including local customs, transport options, and healthcare facilities as having a good understanding of your surroundings will help you feel more confident and prepared during your travels.

Whilst you aren’t going to feel like a local, having a basic understanding of where things are will only help alleviate any worries you may have prior to travelling. If you are travelling with pre-existing medical conditions, then knowing where the nearest healthcare facilities are is imperative.

15. Enjoy!

Above all, remember to relax, have fun, and embrace the adventure. Traveling is an opportunity to create lasting memories and enrich your life with new experiences. Enjoy each moment and savour the journey.

Able2Travel Travel Insurance for Seniors

With Able2Travel’s Travel Insurance for seniors, you can enjoy the following policy benefits:

  • 3 levels of Travel Insurance Cover to meet your needs and budget,
  • Emergency Medical/Dental Cover Abroad up to £10,000,000 (but no more than £450 in total for dental care),
  • Trip Cancellation up to £5,000,
  • Trip Interruption up to £5,000,
  • Travel Delay & Missed Departure up to £1,000,
  • Baggage up to £3,000,
  • And much more…

Plus, until midnight on the 21st April 2024, get 20% off* your policy using code: LOVETRAVEL

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Providing you with peace of mind on your travels to foreign countries, Able2Travel has no upper age limit on our Single Trip policies to Areas 1, 2, & 3. When buying your Travel Insurance, make sure your policy provides you with the cover that you need whether that’s for pre-existing medical conditions, medical care abroad, cover for long trips, or enough cancellation cover to reimburse you for your entire trip.

In conclusion, travelling as a senior can be immensely rewarding with proper planning and consideration. By following these travel tips for seniors, you can enjoy your next adventure to the fullest, knowing that you're well-prepared and equipped to handle whatever comes your way. Safe travels!


*Ts&Cs apply, 20% off refers to the base premium.


This article is for information and entertainment purposes only. It does not constitute advice in any way. The information provided here is correct at the time of writing however please check the latest policy wording for the latest terms, conditions, and exclusions.

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