Flying with ease for seniors this summer


The warm months of summer, which officially begins June 20, bring the opportunity for more outdoor activities for seniors, as well as the opportunity for travel. And of the most popular way to travel is by plane.

With about 45 percent of Americans taking vacations during the summer months, a large number of that percentage are ages 50 and over. But there are several factors to consider before you embark on your summer journey.

One of the first steps recommended before leaving on a trip is to make sure you are healthy enough to travel. According to the U.S. State Department, it is recommended that you get some type of temporary health care insurance if you are traveling abroad, as Medicare is not accepted in other countries.

It is also suggested that senior travelers make sure all of their medication needs are in order, including refills on medications that are running low.

If you are healthy enough to travel, advance planning can keep your trip on track and make for a more enjoyable time.

With easy access to the Internet, senior travelers have a world of information available at their fingertips. The Internet is a good way to find the cheapest flights and hotel rooms, if needed. As a general rule of thumb, the earlier you book a flight or hotel, the better the rates you will receive. More often than not, discounted rates are available for seniors, so it never hurts to ask for what is available.

The Internet offers several "one-stop" shopping destinations for both travel and lodging.

Packing for a trip can also be perplexing, but recommends packing lightly. Try to pack everything necessary in a suitcase with rollers and a medium-sized carry-on bag. Storing the roll-on suitcase on the plane as opposed to checking it in baggage claim could save some time once you reach your final destination,

The Transportation Security Administration recommends you get to the airport at least two hours before your flight.

Another way to save time if you are flying is to go to to see how you can be pre-checked for your flight.

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