For those who have requested it previously, I've listed my Top 15 travel tips for those over the age of fifty before heading off on a vacation overseas.
1. Provide Travel Insurance Details To Family
Once you've selected a travel insurance policy, always ensure your family and friends are aware of the policy details in the event something happens when you are away.
2. Research The Area
This way you can discuss with your GP if any special precautions are required (such as vaccinations). It,s also be beneficial to be aware of any unique customs the country may have.
3. Register Travel Plans
Register your travel and contact details online with your government's smart traveler website. This makes it easier to be contacted in the event of unforeseen events including natural disasters, civil unrest or terrorist events.
4. Declare Any Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
When purchasing travel insurance you are required to provide a duty of disclosure to declare any and all pre-existing medical conditions.
5. Visit The Dentist
A dental check-up before travel is also recommended. If you have dentures, make sure you take sufficient supply of denture adhesive. This can be somewhat difficult to find and purchase when traveling in some locations overseas.
6. Contact The Bank
Advise the bank of the dates and destinations in which you are traveling to. The last thing you want is your financial institution to freeze your account because of suspicious overseas transactions.
7. Before You Fly
If you have a disability it's advisable to contact the airline before you fly to make arrangements for shuttle services, transit between gate lounges at the airport, seating arrangements and any special meals that may be required.
8. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
If you are worried about deep vein thrombosis (DVT) you should wear loose clothing, avoid alcohol on flights and stay hydrated with water. Frequently take walks up and down the aisles and avoid crossing your legs. Many airlines have videos or cards in the seat pocket that recommend and display ways to perform leg exercises to avoid DVT. Flight socks are also thought to be helpful.
9. Avoid Tap Water
It's important to stay hydrated, so stick to bottled water. In certain countries, you will also need to use bottled water or boiled water for brushing your teeth. Ask for your drinks without ice just to be on the safe side. Avoid the salad too, as fruit and vegetables washed using the local water supply may be contaminated.
10. Reading Glasses
If you use reading glasses - take a spare pair. Finding a new pair of prescription glasses when overseas can be a hassle so having a spare pair can be very handy.
If your medication requires syringes (such as diabetes) ensure you have enough for the duration of your trip and it is best to use a sharps container (which can be purchased at a pharmacy). Ensure you retain a letter from your doctor to present at customs should it be required.
12. Manage Your Alcohol Intake
Many travel insurance claims may be denied if you are under the influence of alcohol. By drinking to much alcohol, you may become a vulnerable target for thieves.
13. Wear Comfortable Shoes
Your feet and legs will thank you at the end of the day when traveling.
14. Take A Break
Have rest days or take regular breaks. The last thing you want to do is burn out during your travels. This may dampen the mood towards the end of the trip and may make you more susceptible to getting sick.
15. Don't Leave Home Without Travel Insurance
For those over 50, travel insurance is a must have for any traveler heading overseas. Failure to secure the correct type of insurance can be devastating, not only for yourself, but for your loved ones too. At the very least, massive debt and hardship awaits those who fail to head the warning.