Age is rarely a barrier to travelling. In fact, if you’ve retired you may well find you have more time than ever before to see the world.
When it comes to deciding where you want to go and where you want to stay you’ll face the same choices as any other traveller. But there may be some extra things you want to consider. For example, if you have mobility issues you’ll need to take this into consideration when deciding where to go (steep hills and a rugged terrain may be unsuitable) and what sort of accommodation you book.
It’s also worth thinking about if you want to stay in a lively resort or a quieter part of town. And while some people may like a vibrant family hotel others may prefer something more tranquil.
The most common accidents on holidays are trips and falls. Areas where accidents are most likely to happen include balconies, stairs and around swimming pools. For tips on how to avoid accidents and ensure your accommodation is safe see our guides on hoteland self-catering accommodation.
Most countries drive on the right hand side of the road. This can be confusing if you’re used to traffic coming from the opposite direction and means you need to take extra care when crossing the road abroad. For tips on road safety for pedestrians see our guide.
Stomach upsets are not uncommon on holiday particularly if you’re adventurous about what you eat, are in a hot climate or are drinking more alcohol or fizzy drinks than you normally would. Our food and water safety guide has tips on how to reduce the risk and what to do if you do fall ill.
If you need a local doctor your accommodation provider, travel company or travel insurer should be able to help you. It’s also a good idea to have the phone number of the local emergency services stored in your phone (in the European Union this is 112) in case you need to call them in a hurry. For more on what to do if you need medical help see our guide.
These companies have signed up to the Safer Tourism Pledge