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Tips on Travel for Older Americans

Retirement and the “third age” no longer automatically mean lack of mobility and lack of freedom. More and more people are travelling or relocating abroad and enjoying the extra opportunities life has given them. What should you know before you go?

Be aware of local climate conditions and how the landscape could affect you. Check with your physician if you are sensitive to humidity or to high altitudes and plan accordingly. Declare any pre-existing conditions as you apply for foreign medical insurance. Don’t over-do it – take care not to overtire yourself with a packed itinerary. Lots of extra physical activity can be difficult if you’re not used to it.

And don’t take a heavy bag – you’ll end up regretting it as you try to carry it around. Pack wisely and choose clothes to suit the climate. Dress in clothes that aren’t too flashy (you don’t want to attract unwanted attention), or too casual.

Make sure you’re covered before you go – foreign travel insurance protects you on your travels when your regular health insurance doesn’t cover you abroad. You’ll benefit from help with hospital expenses, emergency treatment, prescription drugs and repatriation.

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