For senior citizens, travel often requires a bit more planning and forethought than it did in the past. From making sure you have all the necessary medication to being in good enough health to do the travel that you want and even double-checking with your senior living facility that you are safe to leave, there are all kinds of things that need to be thought about before you can take off on a trip.
One of the most important things to consider as you plan a trip is where you’re going to stay. So if you’re planning to book a hotel for your next adventure, here are three tips for choosing a senior-friendly hotel.
Make Sure It’s Convenient For You
While you may have been fine with driving out of your way to get to a certain hotel in the past, many seniors don’t want to have to deal with the logistical issues associated with this now. As a result, you’ll want to choose a hotel that’s going to be convenient to you.
In addition to having a convenient location related to where you’ll be spending your days, you should also try to find a hotel that has convenient amenities for you to take advantage of. Try to find a list of what is included both in the hotel rooms and by the hotel in general. Things like having breakfast included can make a big difference for many seniors.
Ask About Accessibility
Before you book a hotel that you’ve seen online or have had recommended to you by other travelers, it’s a good idea for senior travelers to call and ask about accessibility.
Depending on where you’re traveling to, like Europe, having an elevator in the hotel might not be common practice. You might need to make sure that you have a room that’s close to the entrance of the hotel. And if you are using a wheelchair or walker, having to deal with any stairs can be a challenge. So before you book something, make sure you call to see how accessible the hotel will be for you.
Find Out If There’s A Senior Discount
Because many people are on a fixed income when they retire and are looking to book a hotel, finding any discounts can be incredibly helpful financially. So before you book for the price you’ve found online, consider calling to see if there are any senior discounts available to you.
Along with just being less expensive for you, staying in a hotel that has a senior discount can help you to know that this establishment is used to having senior guests, which can help you have some peace of mind that this hotel will suit your needs.
If you’re wanting to book a hotel that will work for you and your need as a senior citizen, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you find just what you need.