Tips for Traveling with Seniors

Tips for Traveling with Seniors

Traveling with senior citizens can present unique challenges. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling by air, boat, bus, or some other form of transportation. You are going to want to take the proper precautions to ensure seniors arrive at their final destination safely.

Here are a few tips for senior travel that will make it possible.

Give yourself extra time when traveling with seniors.

When you are planning a trip that will include one or more senior citizens, you are going to want to make sure you adjust your schedule accordingly to allow for extra time for getting to and from places; doing something as simple as maneuvering up a set of stairs can take a significant amount of time for a senior. If you fail to pad your schedule with the time you need, you will often find yourself running behind and you could end up missing reservations along the way.

Keep accessibility in mind at all times when traveling with seniors.

While some senior citizens are still able to walk up steps and walk longer distances in general, others will require accommodations when traveling. For example, a senior with a walker or cane will likely not be able to walk all the way across an airport and might need to catch a shuttle or be seated in a wheelchair. You want to make sure accessibility options are available and that your senior will be able to keep up with you.

Consider traveling with seniors by bus whenever possible.

While it’s not impossible to travel by air or boat with a senior, the easiest way to travel with seniors is by bus. Some buses come equipped with wheelchair lifts that make it simple for seniors to get in and out. They may also have restrooms that can be used by seniors at any time. They can fit up to 56 or more people, and everyone will be comfortable when you travel by bus.

Whether you are planning a trip for a senior group or an outing for a retirement home, buses are your best bet. Northwest Bus Sales can provide you with the buses you need to travel safely with seniors. All of our buses are inspected for safety and will prove to be ideal for senior travelers. Call us at 800-231-7099 today to find out about the buses we have in stock.

Meet Seattle’s Bus-Riding Dog

Last year, Seattle’s Metro Transit system set an all-time ridership record with 120 million people taking trips on the city’s buses. Among these riders was a short, hairy, four-legged and remarkably independent patron who took frequent solo rides to the local dog park. Eclipse, the two-year-old black lab mix who regularly goes on solo adventures on the bus, has become a welcome addition to the city’s thriving transit system.
 
“All the bus drivers know her,” said fellow rider Tiona Rainwater in an interview with local Seattle TV news station KOMO. “She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this face?”
 
The dog’s owner, Jeff Young, explains that Eclipse is a city slicker through and through, and has been riding the bus on her own since she was young. “We get separated. She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park,” said Young. Since she’s started riding alone, Eclipse has become a regular fixture of many bus riders’ morning commutes.
 
Young appreciates that the rides are not only fun for Eclipse, but for the two-legged patrons on the city buses as well. “It makes their day,” said Young in the interview with KOMO. “It’s a good part of their day and it works out for her so I just let it go.”
 
You can see Eclipse in action in this news segment about the dog from earlier this year. Check it out for yourself here!