Multi-Generational Travel for Senior Citizens: Pros and Cons

Jan 27th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Families Together by Arline Wills suggests that seniors take the whole gang along. A growing senior travel trend is to include extended family members in trips abroad. That way, grandparents whose earlier vacations were quick getaways now have time to enjoy sights and experiences through younger eyes.

However, when a whole 3-generation family goes off together, one group may want to do the museums, another take a cooking class, and still another wants to explore caves. Havoc could reign. Mutually agreed upon plans might prevent later problems.

Transitions Abroad features an article by Dan Bowling called Italy On Your Own. He writes from the perspective of traveling alone, rather than with children and/or grandchildren.  Dan is 72 years old and writes that everyone seems to vacation in Italy. The people are wonderful, the food is wonderful, and you never run out of things to do. Unlike the French, Italians do their best to make you feel comfortable. More important, they seemed to respect Dan, perhaps because he has grey hair. Italians are delightful people.  He writes, “As a single 72-year-old male, I felt as safe on the streets of Florence as in any large American city.” 

He makes the following tips for enhancing your trip to Italy.

1. Look like you know what you are doing. Keep your energy up by resting when you can and always appear to be energetic and alert.

2. Plan your own trip. Tours move so fast you cannot catch your breath. Try to continue the pace of activities that you have at home.

3. Use a travel agent. If you plan four to six months ahead you can get better airfares and senior discounts on hotels near where you want to be.

4. Choose a hotel in the best location. If you can get along without an elevator, ask for a 1-star in Florence and Venice and pay less than $60.

5. Stay healthy and eat economically. I found a small family-style restaurant in both Florence and Venice and ate my largest meal there.

6. Stay at least a week in each place. This allows for those “senior days” you may have, or just plain tiredness.

7. Don’t walk yourself to death. Use taxis in Florence. They are reasonable and well regulated.        jeb



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