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Tips for Traveling During the Golden Years

Tips for Traveling During the Golden Years

(ARA)- For many seniors, the golden years are a time to reward yourself after a life on the job or raising the kids at home. Many seniors follow their dream of travel in the retirement years. Whether it's seeing the grandkids across the country or an adventure across the globe, it is important to keep some things in mind to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
Money
These days it makes sense to limit the number of credit cards you carry when you're on the road. Consider bringing just one or two cards so if they are lost or stolen, you can limit your exposure and have less credit companies to deal with. If you are traveling outside of the United States, consider using traveler's checks or ATM's instead of carrying large amounts of cash. You can convert traveler's checks to local currency as needed and ATM's will output local currency as well.
Transportation
Whether you are sitting in a car or in an airplane, remember to stretch and move your body once and a while to ensure blood flow and avoid muscle stiffness. Before you go, check out the many Web sites that provide tips on airplane stretches. If you are driving, pull over for short breaks to take a walk and stretch your legs.
Health and Medicine
Make sure that you pack medicine for the entire length of your trip and several extra doses in case one gets misplaced. When flying, carry original containers on the plane so if luggage gets lost or delayed, medicine is still available. Also keep in mind U.S. medical insurance is generally not accepted outside the United States. Review your policy to find out details.
Hotel
Many hotels are "senior friendly." If you require an elevator or extra large numbers on your room alarm clock or have any other concerns, call and ask prior to your stay. Most hotels are happy to accommodate your special requests or have amenities for travelers with disabilities. A quiet night's rest is essential to a great trip. Some hotels make this a priority. For example, AmericInn uses "SoundGuard" construction, a unique system that reduces sound so guests enjoy a quiet night's rest and are refreshed and recharged for the next day's adventures.
Bargains
With a little planning and homework you can save a significant amount of money. By avoiding peak times seniors can often take advantage of reduced rates at hotels, restaurants and attractions. And by visiting the attractions during the week instead of the weekend, you may avoid the big crowds too. Be sure to ask if there are discounts or specials for seniors. Some hotels save you money and hassles by offering complimentary breakfast and free Internet access.
Clothing
Carefully consider the clothing you'll need but don't over pack. Think about the climate where you will be visiting and bring an extra outfit for unexpectedly hot or cool weather. A sweater or light scarf can be especially useful for cool evenings or air-conditioned airplanes and restaurants. Wearing clothing in layers and having comfortable walking shoes is a must.
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Traveling is less stressful when you've thought through the details ahead of time. Keep a list of friends' phone numbers handy as well as emergency contacts including doctors and credit card companies. If you have allergies or other medical conditions, carry a doctor's note that explains your treatment should it become necessary. And keep hotel and flight numbers handy to verify reservations prior to arriving. Remember, you're traveling for fun. Don't forget to have some.
Common sense is the most important thing to bring on your trip. But correct packing, finding a quiet, comfortable hotel and following these simple steps for seniors can help you make the most of your adventure. AmericInn has over 210 hotels in 23 states. See for yourself, AmericInn leaves you refreshed and recharged for another day of travel and fun. For more information, visit www.americinn.com/ara.

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