Safety Travel Tips for Seniors

Mar 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Quizzes for experienced travelers are fun.  They can also be educational and prove helpful in travel planning.  One example is: If you’re in Scotland and need an ambulance, you can call 911. True or false?  I had no idea.   Do You Know How To Travel Safely? offers information about such items as Jet lag in London, mosquito bites in Madrid, Montezuma’s revenge in Acapulco, an emergency medical bill in Nepal — the perils are enough to scare would-be travelers into tossing away those glossy brochures.

 

The Access Travel Center has a site specifically designed for you called FOR SENIORS.   There is a host of resources aimed specifically for you.  Click on a few that arouse your interest and then delve into that area so see what you can learn to contribute more to the success of your trip or trip planning.

 

I dearly love Mexico and the Mexican people.  I have traveled to many parts of the country from the most backward areas on Medical Group Mission trips with MDs and DDSs as well as to the most popular sites and tourist attractions.  Today travel to Mexico has changed a good deal in just a couple of years and a word of caution is needed.  Flying into Cancun or the Mayan Riviera may be more safe than driving to the capital in your own car from the U.S., however caution is always necessary. This article directed to Spring Break visitors is valuable for all tourists.  Although Mexico is in the headlines almost daily due to huge drug problem, one may still travel south of the border and enjoy a safe experience with a little caution.

 

Life123 gives ten tips on travel safety in Mexico.  The one good tip that I agree wholeheartedly with is “Never travel alone.  Always have at least one person with you, preferably two or more, when you leave your hotel. There’s safety in numbers.”  I have continually stressed this point with all my travel groups, especially high school students.  I insist on groups of three or more, not just two persons, whenever walking away from the hotel.  Make a few friends and tag along together.  

 

Do you prefer to travel by yourself?  There are a few experienced voyagers who like just to do so.   If this is your case, take a look at three sites loaded with suggestions on How To Travel Safely Alone: (1) (http://www.wikihow.com/Travel-Safely-Alone),  (2) (http://www.answerbag.com/articles/How-to-Safely-Travel-Alone/59daa384-f459-4ab1-95b1-e49f055a57e7) and (3) (http://www.floweradvisor.com/lifestyle/travel/travel_vacations/920/how_to_travel_safely/).

 

ehow has several helpful travel safely suggestions.  I like their introduction…”travelers need to consider the quality of their efforts” – and “handling routine maintenance as well as mechanized prepping for a trip is a given.”  I could not have stated it any better.  The section on hotel safety is excellent.  “Beware of those with people wandering the hallways, or where unsecured entry-ways invite loitering.   Ask to see a room before taking it; then thoroughly examine the security in the room as well as any holes drilled through walls or artwork used to peep on guests. Take a heavy combination padlock along and use it. Sign in using a first initial and last name; single women should consider registering as Mr. and Mrs.; avoid having anyone know what room you are assigned. Make sure you receive the correct credit card back. Obtain two hotel business cards/matchbooks with the hotel name on it—-one for your room, and one to carry on yourself while sightseeing—-to know exactly where you are.  Ask for a room between the 4th and 6th floors. Rooms on higher levels can’t be reached by most fire ladders. Ask for a room away from the parking lot if staying on a ground floor; settle for one facing an interior courtyard, if it’s not available. Lodgings near elevators are considered safer; but they’re also noisier.”  Take note of these good suggestions and do your best to follow them as one must always be aware of potential dangers in any hotel.  jeb



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