Our travels may be active, such as hiking, skiing, cycling or other outdoor activities or they may be passive, such as cruising or bus tours. Each has it’s issues for seniors. Active travel may leave us aching and tired, and passive travel may result in indigestion and an increase in our girth.
When we return home, we may feel grumpy and a bit depressed. This may result from feeling exhausted from our travels plus feeling overwhelmed by the household bills and chores awaiting us. Often we face the onslaught of family and for some of us, a return to work, and our holiday seems lost in the daily routine.
Three tips to keep your holiday fun alive are;
1. Keep a blog or diary while you are travelling and on your return home you can create a scrapbook, either digitally or hard copy. Another idea is to turn your blog and photos into a coffee table book. There are several websites which can help you create this for a moderate cost.
2. Using your blog or diary, reflect on the best and worst of your trip. Review what was easy and maybe where you over-taxed yourselves. Decide what you would like to see and do again, and what you are not fussed about repeating.
3. Start creating your next adventure.
a. Dream what you would love to do and keep photos of the places you would love to visit in a dream book
b. Plan for your next adventure
c. Cost your plan and start saving
d. Prepare yourself physically and mentally. This may include learning a few words in a different language or increasing your level of fitness.
As one of my elderly patients told me, I just have to close my eyes and I can remember all the wonderful places I have seen, together with the sounds and smells which are still fresh in my mind.
Travel provides three important ingredients for healthy ageing- physical activity, mental stimulation and connection with other people.
Keep travelling- it is good for you!