Traveling Comfortably: Tips for Baby Boomer Travelers

By Ralph Velasco

Traveling is a great way to explore the world, but it’s essential to make your journey as comfortable as possible, especially for baby boomer travelers. Here are some tips to ensure a more comfortable and enjoyable trip:

  • Choose the Right Accommodations: Look for hotels or rental properties that offer amenities like elevators, ground-floor rooms, step-in showers, and easy access to public transportation. This reduces the physical strain of navigating stairs or long walks.
  • Pack Light: Avoid overpacking. Stick to essentials and invest in lightweight luggage with wheels. This makes it easier to manage your belongings, whether you’re at the airport or your destination.
  • Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and trip cancellations. It provides peace of mind and financial protection in case of unexpected events.  I recommend starting at Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison site where you can pick and choose the features that are best for your particular needs and easily compare policies.
  • Mobility Aids: If you have mobility issues, consider bringing along a quality set of walking sticks for extra stability, renting a wheelchair or scooter at your destination, and be sure to request a wheelchair at the airport for long walks and waits to and from your gate.  It’s free and you’ll be taken care of from check-in to baggage claim, and often,  you’ll be able to skip the lines (your companions too). Many tourist attractions offer these services as well to make your journey more accessible.

  • Travel at a Slower Pace: Don’t rush through your itinerary. Allow for plenty of downtime and rest between activities. Slow travel can enhance your overall experience and reduce stress, that’s why I’ve created a number of trips with stays of 4 to 7 days in one location so that there’s less packing and unpacking and time spent moving from one place to another (then we do a hub and spoke approach to visit nearby places).
  • Medical Preparations: Consult your healthcare provider before traveling. Ensure you have an adequate supply of medications (50% more than you think you’ll need, in case of delays), prescriptions (in their original containers), and any necessary medical documents (make both hard and electronic copies for yourself).
  • Stay Hydrated and Stretch: Drink plenty of water during your journey to stay hydrated because if you get really thirsty it could already be too late. Take short walks or perform simple stretches during long flights or car rides to prevent stiffness.
  • Wear high-quality compression socks when flying, especially long distances.

By following these tips, you can enjoy your travels without sacrificing comfort and convenience. At
Continental DRIFTER® Experiences we try to take all of these tips into account when planning your time with us.

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