Roaming retireesPublished 12/13/2017 1:45pm, by Scholarship Media Sponsored Advertising Content
To the experts: My grandparents have worked all of their lives to save money, and now they’re enjoying their golden years. I think that’s great — I’m obviously in a very different phase of my life, but I can totally understand that they deserve to do whatever they want in their old age.
But I can’t help but worry about their passion for traveling. They end up all over the world. I worry they’ll fall ill while in Asia or get hurt while in Africa or Europe. I worry they’ll be pick pocketed or mugged in cities here in the U.S. or all around the world. I worry they’re not cut out for hotels and resorts — my grandmother slipped and fell in her own bathroom the other day, so I don’t see how she can be safe in strange hotel rooms with slick tile floors. But I don’t know how to or even if I should bring this up. What do the experts say?
From the experts: It’s wonderful that your grandparents have been able to save so much money for their golden years. Many Americans have trouble doing so — in fact, . For those who do properly save, though, the retirement years can be full of excitement and joy.
Of course, you’re right that older folks can’t keep traveling forever. Older people fall ill more easily and get injured more easily (). They can be victims of crimes and can struggle when lost or confused abroad. The experts behind say that older people who are in danger of slip-and-falls should maintain safe spaces with fixtures and installations that help reduce risks, like stairlifts, handrails and the aforementioned walk-in tubs. With that said, though, there are hotels that offer features like these, and that can make travel less risky.
And while it’s true that some countries present more health dangers than others, many popular tourist destinations have healthy environments and quality healthcare. . In fact, experts in say that some countries now require prospective visitors to show proof of travel health insurance before they can be approved for a visa!
It’s very possible that your grandparents are already aware of the importance of health coverage abroad, and have already taken care of this. None of this means that you can’t raise your concerns in a gentle and polite way. But it would serve you well to assume that your grandparents know what they’re doing and are making their own safety and health a priority. If you phrase your concerns well and express that your worries come from a place of love, not of condescension, you may learn some reassuring things about their planning and travel habits.
“To travel is to live.” — Hans Christian Andersen