The Blake's in the Bahamas in 2023

Traveling in Your Golden Years

Wellness Wednesday

 

A few weeks ago my husband asked if I thought about doing a “travel blog”, I told him, yes, but just haven’t pivoted to creating one yet, which is why this Wellness Wednesday blog post is very timely.

 

Traveling in Your Golden Years

 

Traveling is not only a fun and exciting way to explore new places and cultures, but also a great way to boost your health and well-being. Whether you are traveling with your spouse, your friends, or solo, there are many benefits of traveling in your golden years. Here are some of them:

Traveling can reduce stress and improve your mood. Studies have shown that traveling can lower your cortisol levels, the hormone that causes stress, and increase your serotonin levels, the hormone that makes you happy. Traveling can also help you cope with life changes, such as retirement, loss of a loved one, or health issues.

Traveling can stimulate your brain and prevent cognitive decline. Traveling exposes you to new experiences, challenges, and learning opportunities that can keep your mind sharp and prevent memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Traveling can also enhance your creativity, problem-solving skills, and cultural awareness.

Traveling can strengthen your physical health and fitness. Traveling can help you stay active and fit, as you walk, hike, bike, swim, or dance your way through different destinations. Traveling can also boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

 

 

elderly couple traveling wearing a mask

 

Of course, traveling in your golden years also requires some planning and preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Here are some tips to help you travel smart and savvy:

Consult your doctor before you travel. Make sure you are up to date with your vaccinations, medications, and prescriptions. Ask your doctor for any health advice or precautions you should take for your destination. Carry a copy of your medical records and insurance information with you.

Choose your destination wisely. Pick a place that suits your interests, budget, and physical abilities. Do some research on the climate, culture, and accessibility of your destination. Avoid places that are too hot, cold, crowded, or remote. Consider booking a senior-friendly tour or cruise that caters to your needs and preferences.

Pack light and smart. Bring only the essentials and avoid overpacking. Use a suitcase with wheels or a backpack with straps to ease the burden on your back and shoulders. Pack comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate for the weather and activities. Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent to protect yourself from the sun and bugs.

 

boomers traveling in a group

Travel with a companion or a group. Traveling with someone you trust and enjoy can make your trip more fun and less stressful. You can also join a senior travel club or group that organizes trips for people your age. Traveling with a companion or a group can also provide you with safety, support, and socialization.

Be flexible and open-minded. Traveling can be unpredictable and things may not go as planned. Be prepared to face some challenges and inconveniences along the way. Don’t let them ruin your trip. Instead, be flexible and adaptable to the changing situations. Be open-minded and curious about the new places and people you encounter. Embrace the differences and learn from them.

Stay connected and informed. Keep in touch with your family and friends back home. Let them know your itinerary and contact details. Check in with them regularly and update them on your trip. Use your phone, email, or social media to communicate. Stay informed about the current events and news in your destination. Be aware of any travel alerts, warnings, or restrictions that may affect your trip.

Enjoy yourself and have fun. Traveling is a wonderful opportunity to have fun and enjoy yourself. Do the things that make you happy and fulfilled. Try new things that challenge you and excite you. Meet new people that inspire you and enrich you. Make memories that last a lifetime. Traveling is a gift that you deserve and you should make the most of it.

 

elderly couple traveling via bus

Traveling in your golden years can be one of the best things you can do for yourself. It can improve your health, happiness, and quality of life. It can also expand your horizons, broaden your perspectives, and enrich your soul. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your next trip and get ready to experience the wonders of the world. 

 

The Blake family in the Bahamas
Celebrating our 33rd Anniversary in the Bahamas

Leave me a comment if you think I should start a travel blog for boomers?

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