Traveling is always a fulfilling experience, irrespective of your age. When traveling, it always helps to know what to expect from your travels. It also helps knowing how you can make the most of your traveling experience, especially in trying times like this.
With that in mind, here are a few super helpful tips for seniors who plan on traveling in 2022.
#1 Health and Safety Comes First
At the start of 2021, the average number of daily COVID cases was around 200,000. Between March and September of the same year, the number dropped to less than 100,000 a day. As we enter 2022, that number has crossed 500,000 per day. The trend with COVID, therefore, is difficult to understand. And with the Omicron variant causing havoc around the world, things are more unpredictable than ever.
Hence, it is important to know about these numbers before you decide to travel. Researchers have put forward the notion that the elderly are more at risk if COVID infects them. Thus, you will have to be extra careful about your health and safety when going on trips in 2022.
#2 Know Which Places You Can Visit
Countries are opening and closing their borders for tourists based on the worldwide situation with COVID. Some are welcoming tourists despite the rise in cases, while others close their borders the moment the numbers see an increase.
You need to look up each country separately before you plan your travels. The same goes for any state in the US that you might be looking to visit. While you research that, look up the COVID numbers in those areas, as well as their daily COVID case rates. That will give you an idea of whether or not they plan on closing their borders anytime soon.
#3 Keep An Eye On the weather
Planning any trip often depends on the weather. Based on the weather data of that place, you can decide whether or not you want to visit that place. Some places are better during the rainy or winter season. Others are more enjoyable during the sunny summer days. Even on your trip, you will have to make your outdoor plans based on the weather forecasts.
It always helps to have a weather app at hand when traveling. Using real-time weather data, these apps can help you clear out any confusions you might have. You can even check with the area’s pollen reports by using these weather apps. That is especially helpful information for seniors allergic to pollen. The last thing you would want on your trip is to get an allergic reaction to pollen.
#4 Avoid Traveling in Public Transport
Hire a personal car for you and your travel partners when going on your trip. Avoid public transportation as much as possible. That way, you will be minimizing your exposure to people, which in turn will lower the chances of you getting COVID.
#5 Spend More Time Outdoors
Experts suggest seniors spend more time outdoors amidst nature. That helps them get some physical activity done and increase their energy. Apart from improving your physical health, staying outdoors also helps fight depression. It also improves memory.
Because of COVID, our outdoor time has been cut short by a huge amount. This is extremely bad for our health. As for seniors, the lack of outdoor time amidst nature can cause severe health problems. Memory loss, dementia, and depression are just some of the many mental illnesses that can pop up because of this. Besides, missing out on outdoor time means a drop in your physical health as well.
So make the most of your travels and spend as much time outdoors as possible. Of course, wear a mask, and keep yourself safe first.
#6 Avoid Cruise Ships
When you are in a different country or state, you can leave the place if there is a lockdown. Although the process is difficult, you can still manage to return home. The same is not possible on a cruise ship. We have seen this in the past where these ships had to quarantine at a port, while everyone on-board was barred from leaving their rooms. Hence, avoid cruise ships for the time being.
That is all for now. A lot of the tips here are more related to your health and wellbeing than travel itself. However, health is important, which is why we are emphasizing it. And as long as you take these suggestions into account, you can surely enjoy your trip to the fullest.