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Nobody should miss out on holidays and a little summer fun just because they aren’t as spritely and nimble as they used to be. Whether family holidays or a trip away with close friends, a break is a fantastic opportunity to relax and get out of the house for the first time in what – probably – feels like forever. But, it’s not always as simple as picking the perfect destination. While you may not feel any different to how you did in your 20s and 30s, things have changed, so here are four crucial things to look for when planning a trip.
Travel Time and Distance
As exciting as the destination is, no one likes travelling for a long time, even if it’s within the UK. When planning your next trip, it’s important to consider how long the journey will take and think about the distance or even the terrain, too. If you work with a prime carer, you will need to consider any of their needs as much as yours, so you must consider something that is far away enough to feel like a holiday, but not too far that it causes discomfort for you and others during a long journey.
Similarly, while there is something for everybody, not every destination is the easiest to get to. The big cities across the country are always popular and bustling, but perhaps you don’t want to feel you’ve been dropped in the middle of a hectic road. Instead, countryside accommodation, away from the fast-paced nature of the cities is appealing, but even this comes with its issues. A lack of public transport and often steep gradients are not always desirable, especially for senior travellers. That said, there is a wide range of destinations you can find that will suit your needs.
You know by now that the days of frivolous spending are over, and you need to carefully watch every penny. This could impact your destination and determine what you do and where you go. Before you decide on a holiday destination, do some research about a concessionary pass for seniors, as this can offer discounts for travel along with other activities that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
A holiday is no fun if you don’t have an idea of activities you and your group can do. Again, though, you don’t want to do anything that will be too much of a strain, no matter how young you feel underneath. Still, you can find plenty of day trips that can get you and any friends out of the house. If you want a longer holiday, you’re sure to find somewhere that offers a multiple days’ stay, so you might get the chance to try something you’ve never tried before.
It’s your holiday and you can do whatever you want. As with many things in life, it always helps to look for something that is as stress-free and straightforward as possible. This might mean you can’t go the adrenaline junkie route, but doesn’t a little relaxation sound much more appealing?