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Travelling Abroad For The First Time? Follow These Tips For An Easy Journey

If you are nervous about taking your first international trip, we have your back. Follow these tips to make your journey a breezy one

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Shreya Cheema
June 9, 2023
Travelling Abroad For The First Time? Follow These Tips For An Easy Journey

Whether you are planning to visit your family abroad or setting off to explore the world, travelling abroad for the first time can be intimidating. With so many details to consider, planning your first international trip can leave you in a fix. But it is not as difficult as it seems, and with this guide, you can tackle every stage—from planning to boarding a flight—like a pro.

WHEN PLANNING YOUR TRIP

The Right TimingTravelling to a new country? Consider arriving before night sets in. Navigating an unknown destination at night gets more difficult and leaves you little time to rest after a long flight. Therefore, choose a flight with an early morning or afternoon arrival time. While booking your flight, also check if the airline you have chosen offers special discounts for senior citizens. You can consider airlines like Air India and Air Vistara for attractive offers, as they also have many outbound flights. 

Get The Insurance

Everybody should get travel insurance regardless of age. As you get older, it becomes essential since it secures you against the huge costs of unforeseen circumstances and medical emergencies, lost baggage, and more. While there are many travel insurances specifically for senior citizens, choose one with enough coverage for medical expenses. 

Check In With Your Doctor

You may have to board a long-haul flight when going to foreign shores, and this can be challenging. Sometimes, it can also cause discomfort, especially if you have not been keeping well physically. Therefore, consult your doctor about it and check if boarding a long-haul flight is advisable. 

Carry Copies Of Essential Documents

While digital versions of important documents like tickets and insurance are accepted in the airport and otherwise, carrying print-outs as a backup is always a good idea in case your phone runs out of charge or any other technical mishap. 

Apart from tickets and insurance-related documents, you are also advised to carry your prescriptions if you are undergoing any treatment. 

ON THE DAY OF TRAVEL

Pack Light

Travelling light reduces the hassle of carrying heavy bags and makes navigating airports easier. Pack only essential items and consider using luggage with wheels or a carry-on bag. Check the airline’s baggage restrictions beforehand to avoid any surprises at the airport.

Dress Comfortably

Choose loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and shoes for your flight. Layers are a good idea, as cabin temperatures can vary. Avoid wearing jewellery or accessories that may trigger metal detectors during security checks. Additionally, consider packing a lightweight jacket or shawl for warmth and comfort.

Your Medication Checklist

If you take any medications, pack them in your carry-on bag to ensure they’re easily accessible during the flight. Carry a copy of your prescriptions and a doctor’s note if necessary. 

Stay Hydrated And Move

Airplane cabins can be dry, so drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Additionally, try to move around the cabin and stretch your legs periodically to improve circulation and prevent discomfort.

Request For Special Assistance

Airports and airlines offer special assistance services for senior citizens. Request wheelchair assistance if needed, which can be arranged in advance or upon arrival. This service can significantly ease the journey through large airports and long distances between gates.

Stay Updated

Stay informed about flight updates and changes by checking the airline’s website or downloading their mobile app. These platforms provide real-time information on gate changes, delays, or cancellations. Sign up for alerts to receive notifications directly to your phone.

Ask For In-Flight Assistance

The cabin crew will assist you throughout the flight. Don’t hesitate to approach them if you have any questions, need assistance, or have special requests.

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