Seniors Need Vacations, Too!
We could all use a vacation. Enjoy your retirement to the fullest! Not only are vacations a fun way to bond with loved ones and see the world, but studies have shown health benefits, as well. In this article, we’re going to talk about the benefits of taking a much-needed vacation, how you can travel safely, and the tips you need to get the most out of your travels.
Everyone knows that vacations are fun — but did you know that there are proven health benefits to relaxing and taking a break? For starters, travel can keep seniors moving and active, as walking around and exploring new cities is often a huge part of traveling.
Here are a few other studied health benefits to senior vacations:
- Men who take vacations yearly are 32% less likely to die from heart disease
- Three days of vacation can lower stress levels
- Travel often comes with socialization, which can decrease depression and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and some cancers
- Multicultural experiences are shown to enhance creativity
- Experiential purposes (such as traveling) are shown to increase happiness
And not to mention, traveling is fun! It’s a great way to bond with your partner, family, or friends.
Senior Group Trips
If you don’t want to travel alone, there are many senior only trips. Not everyone can afford an extended trip and you may prefer traveling with friends or family. If that sounds like you, senior group trips are a great option! There are tour groups out there that will place you with a group of other seniors on your vacation. It’s a great way to guarantee a safe and enjoyable trip! Additionally, if you are working with a tour group operator that specifically caters to you and your peers, you can better ensure that you won’t be physically limited by any difficult group activities.
Furthermore, many of these group trips will take a lot of the hassle of traveling for you. Traveling can be stressful, between plane tickets, hotel bookings, currency exchanges, and the like… And that’s before you even arrive at your destination. Travel groups tend to take care of these things and plan a variety of activities in advance. By traveling in one of these groups, you can ensure that your itinerary is packed to the brim with the highlights of your chosen destination.
Tips to Help Plan
Let’s talk about a few different travel trips that will help make your vacation the best it can be.
Consider looking into senior-friendly resorts, as well. Because they’re tailored to you and your peers, you can relax knowing that there are senior-friendly amenities, doctors on call, and senior-oriented activities. Many resorts like this are all-inclusive, as well, meaning you don’t have to worry about spending too much on food or drinks. These resorts can be found in a variety of places — once you choose a destination, consider doing some research.
You might be worried about your ability to travel safely in your old age. This is completely understandable, but don’t let your fears prevent you from seeing the world. Meet with your doctor in advance to ensure you have all of your prescriptions you need. If you will require special services, such as a wheelchair, be sure to contact your hotels and airlines in advance. And don’t forget about the buddy system — it’s always better to travel with someone you know to ensure your safety and theirs.
Take a Vacation to Copeland Oaks
Looking for a new place to call home once your vacation is over? Consider visiting Copeland Oaks. Our beautiful, serene campus is full of active seniors enjoying their retirement. Schedule a visit or contact us today to find out more information.