It’s never too late to travel abroad, no matter how old you are, even if you have pre-existing medical conditions. Even if you are older than the Queen, you can still go away and get some much-needed rest and relaxation, or even an active holiday.
Below are 5 tips to read to get you or an OAP family member/friend prepared:
1) Always research your destination before you book
For the latest travel advice on your intended destination, check the British government’s Foreign Office site for safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health. Visit here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Tip: Check the NHS website first about the health risks of the country you are intending to visit. Any injections or tablets prescribed by a doctor may carry a cost if they are not covered by the NHS.
2) Review a few sites to get the best deal
Most travel insurers put on the upper age limit of between 74- 79 years. However, there are specialist companies who offer cover for the over 80s.
-Up to the age of 85, Colombus insurance covers customers up to the age of 85 and tends to competitively priced
-Cost comparison sites such as Travel Supermarket are very good for comparing the best deal across numerous providers.
3) Alert insurance companies if you have a medical condition
Serious pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and epilepsy, to angina, heart conditions or cancer can all be covered. Just tell the insurer exactly what your condition is. Remember, as with any insurance, failure to be honest with the insurer can invalidate the insurance.
4) Consider wearing compression stockings or flight socks during the flight
For flights over four hours to reduce the risk of DVT, as well as leg swelling (oedema). These can be purchased from local pharmacies and usually at the airport. Remember to take regular exercise during a flight to also reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis. Move your legs and feet for three to four minutes per hour while seated and move about the cabin occasionally. Drink water and juices frequently during your flight. Drink coffee, tea and alcohol in moderation as these drinks act as diuretics, increasing the body’s dehydration. Remove contact lenses and wear glasses if your eyes are irritated. Use a skin moisturiser to refresh the skin.
5) Make sure you renew your passport in good time.
Check if you need a visa for any of the destinations you plan to visit and if possible obtain one before travel to reduce stress
Any other tips, please share. Getting packing and bon voyage!
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