It’s time! Travel options have opened up, and you are ready to see more of Canada. Whether you hop in the car or take a plane, a few tips for travelling as a senior can make your trip even more enjoyable.
Planning for a Canadian Vacation
Many areas in Canada are similar, but it is like travelling to another country in many places. So, spend some time doing some research.
- Find a reliable weather app before you go, and make sure you have it on your phone to check while you’re gone. Canada’s official weather source, Environment and Climate Change Canada, has a free, easy-to-use mobile weather app called WeatherCAN. You can download it from the Google Play Store or the App Store for your iPhone. You can save several locations in the app to give you the weather, where you are and where you are going.
- Search out the medical facilities in the areas you plan to visit, like the emergency room or a walk-in clinic. If you are visiting friends, or know someone in the area, ask for recommendations.
- Consider asking for a wheelchair in the airport if you might have a long way to walk between gates. Check with the agent when you book your flight.
- Have a quick medical check-up before you go. Let your doctor know where you’re going and ask for any advice they may have. Discuss what to do if you are crossing several time zones and usually take medication on a schedule. Be sure to bring enough medicine, and some extra, in your carry-on luggage, for your entire trip and any possible delays.
- Go to physiotherapy or for a massage. You’ll feel much better in the car or on a plane if you are up to date on your physio and massage appointments.
- Remember to ask for senior discounts while travelling in Canada. Frequently, you’ll get discounts on admissions to festivals, theatres, museums, and other attractions and reduced fares on public transport.
Retirement is a time for doing what you love! Travelling to see more of Canada is an excellent choice.
We also recommend you ask for an accessible hotel room. Some hotels have the option for an accessible bathroom, often with a walk-in bathtub or shower. Reduce the risk of falling while away to ensure a delightful time.