Travel with your senior loved one should always involve what they want. After all, they deserve it! So the first question you should ask them, especially if you are working with limited travel funds or a specific time frame, is where they really want to go on vacation. Tell them not to worry about where other people want to go, or have gone in the past. Let this vacation be all about them and what their hearts desire. It is often a great idea to have your loved one make a top five choice list of the places they’d love to go, then work from that list to plan the perfect trip.
Your loved one may worry about things that stand in the way of their perfect vacation. Things like money, your work schedule, kids, health concerns or even guilt for taking such a wonderful trip may cross their minds. Once you make the choice to commit to a wonderful family trip, you may be amazed at the opportunities that present themselves. All it takes is some careful planning and a desire to give your loved one a once-in-a-lifetime trip with the family.
How can you find some great senior travel ideas? Start with an online search of The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and their approved vacation sites. Check out some travel magazines available at your local bookstore. Ask your caregiver what ideas they have to help making the destination a doable experience. Another unique idea is to watch the Travel Channel together and come up with some destination ideas as a family. Have your local travel agency to send you some brochures, especially the ones that are focused on elderly travel. You can even make an appointment with a travel agent to discuss some tried and true senior travel packages. They can guide you to choose the best vacation package at the best price. After all, some destinations offer all-inclusive rates for seniors that save some serious money.
Once you decide on a location, you should ask if there is a senior travel discount available. This should apply to every part of your trip, no matter if it is the transportation, rooms, excursions or even restaurants. If your loved one has not yet joined the AARP, now is the time to do so. The fees to join are affordable, plus your loved one is eligible for a huge number of discounts when traveling. You would be surprised how quickly small discounts add up to save major money. Don’t just limit your travel discounts to AARP sites, though. Many senior discounts are not advertised, so you must ask merchants as you go.