Home > In Retirement > Travelling in Retirement: Safety Issues

Travelling in Retirement: Safety Issues

By: Nick Roberts Alatti - Updated: 18 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Saga Holidays Retirement Travel Older

If you thought retired people only went on cruise ships or organised coach tours, then think again. A growing band of confident retirees are donning backpacks and boots and jetting off to exotic climes for a real taste of adventure.

Early retirement or having children who have flown the nest has spawned an army of 'grown up gapers', three quarters of them women, who are rolling back the years to sample vibrant new cultures or simply to 'find themselves'.

But before getting carried away by the travel bug, travellers should take heed of a few simple safety tips to help make their big trip go smoothly and safely.

Read Up

Read up about the destinations you are going to. Buy some decent and up-to-date travel guides and plan your journey. Check that the country you are visiting is politically stable and not hostile towards Western visitors. It may be worth finding out about local laws and customs too and how they relate to dress codes and the use of alcohol and drugs.

Try to learn the local language or at least some basic expressions. Don't think you can get by on English in somewhere like Latin America. You'll find the experience more enriching and you'll endear yourself more to local people if you can communicate with them. Not only that, it could be invaluable if you are lost or have misplaced money or possessions.

Communicate

Make sure you are contactable to loved ones back home. Check with your mobile phone provider about how you can access your phone in the region you are visiting and the costs. However, you may find this an unnecessary expense and another attractive item for pickpockets and thieves. Alternatively, suss out a local internet cafe where you can email to let people know your itinerary and whereabouts.

Get a Health Check

Give yourself an honest appraisal of your general health and fitness as your trip could involve a lot of walking. It's recommended you visit your GP at least six weeks before travelling overseas and do find out if you need any special jabs.

Heaven forbid that you should fall ill or have an accident while you are away but do seek out proper travel insurance. Check the small print of your policy with a fine toothcomb in case any exclusions apply. Don't forget to declare any previous illnesses you have suffered from. If you are not properly covered and fell ill on America's east coast, for example, you could be handed a whopping £35,000 bill for an air ambulance!

It's worth bearing in mind too that most of the rest of the world, including North and South America and Europe drive on the right so be alert when crossing the roads.
Finally, make copies of your passport, insurance policy, emergency telephone numbers, and ticket details and leave these, along with your itinerary and contact details, with family and friends. Take enough money for your trip and get some back-up funds such as traveller's cheques which can be replaced if stolen.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Stomp
    Re: French Speed Limits
    Lost my licence . French coppers hidden, on private land just before end of sign for village. After a long time stuck behind a swaying french…
    11 October 2017
  • tim
    Re: French Speed Limits
    I just got hit with 4 speeding fines from our holiday this summer! I drive in France every year and this was a real shock. All under 10% over…
    6 October 2017
  • Richy
    Re: French Speed Limits
    Hey, first of all, sorry for my bad English. I just received a fine because I cross the speed limit with 1km/h. Really 1 km/h an it cost me…
    16 September 2017
  • Pete
    Re: Car Seat Safety for Baby and Child
    Is it legal for a 6 year old child to sit in front in a correct booster seat when travelling in France and Spain by car ?
    19 August 2016
  • bramhall
    Re: Drink Driving Limits in Europe
    You cannot have a scientific test for zero alcohol. That implies a calibrated measuring device which is accurate to more…
    13 August 2016
  • SafeTravel
    Re: Drink Driving Limits in Europe
    John - Your Question:I flew from Heathrow to Frankfurt today 06/05/2016. I had a glass of wine at the airport lounge in Heathrow…
    9 May 2016
  • John
    Re: Drink Driving Limits in Europe
    I flew from Heathrow to Frankfurt today 06/05/2016. I had a glass of wine at the airport lounge in Heathrow but nothing after…
    6 May 2016
  • Slowmotion000
    Re: Drink Driving Limits in Europe
    Hi. Just want to let anyone interested in BAL's, that from 1st of January 2015 in Lithuania this level is --> 0.0 mg per ml.
    30 January 2016
  • LUCIEN LOMBE MBEMBA
    Re: French Speed Limits
    THIS IS VERY GOOD FOR THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UK AND FRANCE SPEED LIMITS I THINK YOU NEED MORE SIGNS FOR DIRECTIONS, MUST I USE MY GPS FOR HELP.
    23 January 2016
  • mike
    Re: Staying Safe in Central and South East Asia
    anyone been to Cambodia recently? What innoculations are required?
    2 November 2015
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the SafeTravel website. Please read our Disclaimer.