Are you an older adult looking to make the most out of the Memorial Day holiday weekend? Whether you’re planning a road trip with your family, or exploring new places by plane or train, there are lots of ways to enjoy the long weekend. We’ve put together a few tips on how to stay safe and make the most out of your experience. Plus, with an active, independent lifestyle at Westminster Communities of Florida, you can drop everything to travel with your friends or family for the weekend and let us worry about maintaining your home while you’re gone.
TIP #1 – PLAN AHEAD TO ENSURE A SAFE JOURNEY
Memorial Day travel can be a wonderful opportunity for seniors to explore, but safety should always come first. Plan ahead to minimize possible issues that could arise. Research the best routes and rest stops, and know the weather conditions along your route to prepare. When packing, include a first-aid kit with all essential medications, emergency supplies and important documents like identification and health insurance cards. Don’t forget snacks and drinks to stay alert, hydrated and energized throughout the day. Taking these precautions before you leave can help ensure a safe trip on Memorial Day for both you and your family!
TIP # 2 – MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL
Whether you’re going on a road trip with your family or exploring a new destination by plane or train, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday. Take regular breaks during a long drive or travel day giving you an opportunity to rest and recharge before continuing with your travels. While on break, stretch your legs, get some fresh air and enjoy the scenery along the way. Throughout your trip, stay flexible. Sometimes things don’t always go according to plan while traveling. If possible, try not to be too rigid with plans and be open-minded about changes in itinerary. Being flexible will help ensure that no matter what comes up during your travels, you’ll still be able to get the most out of your holiday weekend.
TIP # 3 – TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TRAVEL BENEFITS FOR SENIORS
Many companies offer discounts to those aged 55 and above. Take advantage of travel benefits and discounts to help with travel costs and shop around for the best deal. Research discounts on transportation such as flights, trains, and buses; accommodations such as hotels, motels, and rental cars; attractions such as theme parks and museums; and insurance plans. Senior organizations like AARP offer special benefits and discounts, or investigate passes for seniors, like the lifetime pass offered by the National Park Service, giving you free admission at over 2,000 national parks, monuments and other recreational areas across the country. By taking advantage of travel benefits available, seniors can look forward to a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day trip without breaking the bank.
Whether you’re planning a road trip with friends or family, taking to the skies or exploring by rail, plan ahead, stay flexible and research saving opportunities to make the most out of your Memorial Day holiday.