Travel insurance for the over 70s | Medical travel insurance guide
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Ok, so you have finally retired, and now it really is time to start enjoying yourself. Surely one of the first things you will do will be booking a holiday somewhere exotic. You will want to make the most of your free time in the best way possible, whether relaxing on a beach, staying at a mountain hotel or sightseeing in a fantastic city.
But what happens if you go to book your travel insurance and then run into difficulties? At AllClear we are doing our bit to help ensure you can travel to the places you always wanted to go to, but with the peace of mind that you are properly insured. So here are some tips that may help when planning the journey of a lifetime or a world cruise:
1. Make sure that you book your travel insurance for over 70s in advance. You should never go on your holiday without travel insurance because being injured or falling ill abroad and having to be repatriated could work out very expensive otherwise. Factor in the price of travel insurance when planning your trip.
2. Look for specialist travel insurance if you have any medical conditions and remember that lots of travel insurance policies have an age limit. At AllClear we have no age limit for either single or annual trip travel insurance. AllClear have a long standing history of delivering travel insurance for the over 70s, over 80s, or even travel insurance for over 85s so we can help you get on with the business of enjoying your holiday!
4. Make sure your travel insurance for over 70s covers you for any activities and excursions you may want to do while on holiday. Check your cover if you are planning a 'hazardous' activity.
5. If you decide to go on a last minute holiday deal now that you are retired, remember that you still need travel insurance
We hope these tips help. If you have any questions about travel insurance for over 70s, just let us know.
We have also got some tips for travelling as you get older, whether you are planning your own trip, or helping to plan a trip for elderly relatives or friends.Get a quote for Senior citizens travel insurance
Elderly Travel Tips
By following these safety tips there’s no reason to put off that trip of a lifetime, no matter what your age…
Planning: Plan your travel carefully. Journeys should not be over-ambitious and there must be plenty of rest stops. Take your time to ease the risks and stresses of travel. Consider booking a pre-travel consultation at the travel clinic
Air Travel: Small, cramped seats and narrow, crowded aisles make it pretty hard to fly comfortably - especially when it's a long haul journey that takes more than five hours.
a) Contact the airline in advance: If you’ve any seat preferences or special needs (e.g. wheel chair assistance), let the airline know as far in advance as possible.
b) Dress For Comfort: Wear comfortable, slip-on shoes that won't hinder you when clearing security - these are also helpful when it's time to go to sleep on the plane and you want to kick off your shoes. Compression socks/stockings are really useful during and after your flight (both) to help prevent you from getting deep vein thrombosis and the increased blood flow in your feet and legs will reduce any stiffness and swelling. Wear soft cotton and comfy material, rather than anything rough or heavy. It is uncomfortable enough sitting on a plane without having to feel the constant scratch of thick material.
c) Bring your own Pillow And Blanket especially If you are particularly prone to getting a stiff neck or back.
d) Stay Hydrated: The air conditioning inside a plane can dry out your skin and eyes. If you have sensitive skin, bring a small container of moisturiser, some lip balm and eye drops. Also make sure you drink lots of water.
e) Practical Luggage A good travel bag on wheels can be really useful.
Vaccinations: Consider booking a pre-travel consultation at the travel clinic or see your doctor beforehand. This will also let you know if you need any vaccinations/travel medication.
Medication: If you currently take any medication, make sure you take plenty of spare supplies with you, just in case. Keep your extra supply prescription meds in a separate location. Never keep all your prescriptions in one suitcase because if that bag goes missing you could have a problem. Before you get on that plane, figure out a plan of action for replacing prescription meds in the destination country. In the weeks preceding the trip you have the time to research nearby pharmacies. Collect this emergency prescription information in a folder and get a copy to your physician or local pharmacist. Keep several copies of this information in different locations in your luggage.
Savings: Many hotels and travel companies offer significant savings to Senior Citizens so take the time to investigate. If you follow these safety tips there’s no reason to put off that trip of a lifetime, no matter your age.
Medical Considerations for mature travellers:
- Thinning bones from osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures through falls.
- Reduced stomach acid raises the risk of food poisoning or infections through contaminated food.
- Weakened immune system makes infections more likely.
- Increase in psychological pressures can mean some elderly people find it hard to cope with new situations and have a lower threshold for anxiety.
- Poorer circulation leads to slower healing of scratches, bites and injuries.
The elderly are more vulnerable to
- high temperatures and heatstroke
- deep vein thrombosis
- the effects of low oxygen during air travel and at high altitude
- fatigue and exhaustion