Senior Travel: Health Issues to Consider

Jul 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Going abroad can be a challenge to any senior with health issues.  There are several things you need to know about in advance of travel.  Fortunately, they are summarized here. There is specific advice provided by the State Department for senior travelers that is must reading for all seniors:

Older American travelers should consider the following tips, review this information sheet, read the section Planning Your Trip: Learn About the Places You Will Visit, and discuss the trip with a physician:

  • Local conditions: Be aware of any effects the local topography or climate may have on you: If you are sensitive to altitude or to humidity, or to other attributes of your destination, consult with your physician.
  • Don’t over-program: The additional physical activity undertaken during travel can be quite strenuous, and sudden changes in diet and climate can have serious health consequences for the unprepared traveler.
  • Pack wisely: Don’t pack so much that you will end up lugging around heavy suitcases. Dress conservatively—a wardrobe that is flashy may attract the attention of thieves or con artists, while clothing that is very casual may result in being barred from some tourist sites overseas. Include a change of clothing in your carry-on luggage.

You may also check out to get reviews of medical professionals all over the world and ratings on costs/fees, wait times, approachability, knowledge and overall experience. You may want to download information from the site, or the names and addresses of a doctor in one of these countries who could be of service to you in case of need.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has a specific site for seniors with health issues.  While this handbook information is for students going abroad, there is lots of good information for anyone who travels to another country. 

Did you know this? The State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning travel abroad to register their travel with the Department of State.  Travel registration makes it possible to contact a traveler if necessary, whether because of a family emergency in the United States or because of a crisis in the place the traveler is visiting.  This is potentially a very valuable service available to senior citizens traveling abroad, in the event their family needs to reach them. Registration is a free service provided by the State Department, and is easily accomplished online at  Good advice I’d say.jeb

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