Traveling with grandparents is an exciting experience but at the same time challenging. A lot of elderly are happy to stay at home and not as excited about travel like us. Some of them are so used to home care that they don’t even consider traveling as exciting.
Adequate preparation is key to ensure that your travel experience with grandparents is going to be a blast for you and for them. Here are some tips:
Have adequate preparation time
Failure to plan is a plan for failure. You have to look ahead and arrange for bookings if you have wheelchairs in place and restroom accessible before traveling. Make sure that all the travel necessities are met because these are the things that will make it a mess when it’s not.
Inform their physician
Inform your their doctor that you’re taking your grandparents for a vacation. Ask for advice and what medications you need to take. You also need to know what sort of activities they can actually engage in and tailor your plans with that.
Make arrangement for special services
Contact the airline if your grandparents need wheelchair assistance at the airport. When passing through security, inform them if your elderly have implants that may set off the alarm. Inform the hotel if you will be staying at a wheelchair accessible room. These arrangements will make all the difference when traveling with elderly.
Know where the closest hospital in your destination
At your destination, make sure you know where the nearest hospital is. Make sure you also know the quickest route to it. Old people can suffer from anything at any time and you have to be prepared for any predicament.
Gather all identification
Gather all their IDs because some airlines and hotels give discounts for elderly. If any eventuality may occur, you will definitely need their IDs too. These will comprise of passport and drivers license and you must put them in one place too.
Consider tour and cruises
With tour and cruises, you have everything pre-planned for you and this will make things more predictable. This is also good for your grandparents because elderlies don’t like unpredictability. Meals are served on time, and once you get on board, vacation comes to you too.
Plan for down time
Down time is very important to avoid stressing your travel companions. You have to understand that seniors tend to have lower energy levels compared to younger people like you. If you allow regular down time, they can recover the energy they’ve lost and you will end up enjoying most of your time together. Avoid imposing activities that they don’t want to engage in. This might be too stressful for them.
Seniors are a sensitive bunch to travel with. Not only are they sensitive emotionally, they are also sensitive physically. But with careful planning, you can pull it off and even have a wonderful time with your grandparents.