Ensure he is healthy enough to travel
Before you consider traveling with your grandfather or grandmother, make sure they hold the plane or train for hours, walk in hot or cold places, or eat unfamiliar food.
Don’t just believe what they say. To be more convincing, consult a doctor and ask what medicines need to be taken. Ask for additional recipes so that everything is ready when there is a delay.
There are also other factors that can be taken into consideration such as certain seasons in the destination country (spring pollen can cause problems for people with asthma and lung disorders), and pollution, as well as other things. Make sure you are aware of allergies and their medical conditions, and never force them to go with someone who is elderly when the doctor does not permit.
Although spontaneity can add excitement when traveling alone, it will be different when you are traveling with an elderly person.
I know you want to get the best from the trip. But when composing a series of trips, remember that the elderly are more easily tired. Don’t forget to give a lot of pause on the way so they can rest to take a breath.
In Europe, you can buy all kinds of tickets for tourist attractions online, which you can do to avoid long queues. In my story, we have bought tickets long ago for our train journey from Milan to other cities and also museum entrance tickets such as the Louvre, so there is no time and energy we spent in a queue (believe me, the queue is very long during holidays).
Traveling with elderly relatives means having to focus on quality rather than quantity. Spend more time in fewer places.
Traveling slowly somewhere may not be a common thing for young travelers today, but all have a lesson: you can appreciate more about everything you find!
I am often too busy with the habit of taking photos for Instagram when traveling, but I have learned from this experience about the importance of stopping and enjoying the scenery.… Read More “Things that must be considered when traveling with the elderly”