Find Senior Friendly Vacation Destinations


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

©Crystal S. Kauffman
©Crystal S. Kauffman

A person should conduct his or her own research, when looking for a vacation destination that is senior friendly and can accommodate their needs. Start by searching the internet for information about the vacation destinations, which can accommodate your special needs. Ask the travel agent, if there are guided tours that are senior friendly or can accommodate special needs as well.

Special Needs

After picking a vacation spot, be sure to call ahead to the hotel and discuss your loved ones special needs. Ask the manager if you can bring whatever medical equipment that you will need like: oxygen and motorized wheelchair. Before setting up a guided tour, be sure to ask if they can accommodate wheelchair or medical equipment. However, be sure to keep all medications on you at all times, instead of leaving it in the hotel room.

Researching the Destination

Take the time to research each destination that you want to vacation at, in order to find the best places to visit with your loved one. Call ahead to each hotel in the area and ask about the types of accommodations that they offer for seniors. This way, you will know exactly what each hotel offers, before picking a travel package that includes hotel accommodations. By doing your homework, you will find the best senior friendly vacation destinations.

Laws & Customs

Always research the country or state you are planning to visit, before you decide to head out on your amazing adventure. Sometimes, tourists experience culture shock, due to the differences his or her customs and beliefs. Be sure to research and learn the local laws or customs, while planning your trip. Every country is different, so be sure to find out whether you need special vaccinations or a legal document.

Travel Agents

Call different travel agents, since each one has different offers and they are familiar with what the vacation package offers. The travel agents will be able to help you discover the best hotel and guided tours, which will fit your family’s needs. Don’t be afraid to ask about senior discounts, because these will help you save money. Ask a lot of questions when talking to the travel agent, so you will know your rights as a traveler.

Guided Tours

Look for special guided tours, which may offer a senior friendly tour and other perks like: dining and entertainment. These types of tours will tell you right away, if they can accommodate seniors with special medical needs. The guided tour will allow you to enjoy everything the vacation destination has to offer, which you may not discover on your own. However, you may want to explore the destination on your own as well, so choose the best package for your wants and needs.

Conclusion

Take the time to do proper research about the destination, which you plan on visiting with your loved one. Be sure to look for senior friendly destinations, as well as hotels that can accommodate special medical needs like equipment or wheelchair. Additionally, call the attraction or restaurants you plan to visit and ask about their senior friendly accommodations as well. Therefore, by following these tips, you are bound to find the dream vacation that you are looking to experience.

©2008, Crystal S. Kauffman

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