Travel Made Easy For Seniors

Many people put off travel until they are older. They want to be more established, financially secure, and more mature before they travel. Unfortunately, traveling can be challenging for seniors. Weak knees, bladder control issues, poor eyesight and hearing can all make travel a little harder, and little less enjoyable. Here are a few tips for making travel easier for seniors:

1. Get the right luggage.

Luggage with free spinning wheels that turn any way you do can make a huge difference for seniors. If you have something you have to carry, you may find yourself in pain, with arthritic joints screaming at you. Good luggage that fits the overhead bin, is easy to move, and easy to identify can make your travel easier.

2. Plan for before the trip.

Go to the doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to travel. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have.

Refill all prescriptions. You do not want to be out of town and run out of a life-saving medication you need.

Make sure your legal papers are in order. This is a precaution, but it can provide peace of mind.

Type up a list of contacts, medications you are on, etc. Make a photocopy of it as well as all of your travel documents, and keep them on you at all times.

Call ahead to make sure airlines, hotels, car services, etc. all have anything you may need, such as wheelchairs, raised toilets, increased safety features, special meals, etc.

3. Bring a carry on with the essentials.

What you bring is really important to the success or failure of your trip. For example, if you have incontinence, bringing a change of clothes, and some absorbent products and sanitary products to help you get through long flights, limited bathroom stops, and not as sanitary conditions (depending on where you travel) can make a world of difference. Pack your toiletries, a few outfits, medications, and anything else that is essential, into your carry on. That way, if your luggage got lost, you would still able to enjoy your travel while waiting for your bags.

4. Have a plan for during the trip.

Know where bathrooms are- This will cut down accidents, and help you feel more confident.

Know what kind of shoes you should wear. Proper footwear can help you get through rocky terrain, and provide comfort on long walks.

Plan your medications properly. This is especially important if traveling out of the country, as it can be challenging to get a prescription filled when you are not close to your doctors.

Consider bus tours over walking tours if you have trouble with mobility.

The list could go on, the fact is, if you want your travel to go well, plan for the contingencies. You know what age-related concerns you have, so plan for them properly.

5. Get travel insurance.

You will have greater peace of mind if you get travel insurance. If you were to slip and fall and break a hip, or have something life threatening happen, you would not lose your life savings and estate being life flown off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. If your luggage is lost in transit, you would be able to get new clothing and toiletries to get your through your trip. It eliminates worries, and is usually very affordable.

Cheap Flight Booking

The aviation industry has enhanced the requirement of inexpensive or cheap flight booking and negotiated rates for air tickets for the domestic fliers. This has become possible due to the incessant variable flight charges and growing competition. All this has amplified the supply of cheap flight tickets. Cheap flight booking has now become the order of the day so it has become extremely uncomplicated to register inexpensive air tickets in order to attend an urgent conference, go for holidays based on themes, corporate tours or to go for an adventurous outgoing.

The advancement in the internet expertise and accessibility to a wide variety of internet booking websites or web portals available for the purpose of comparison has made the procurement of inexpensive flight tickets faster and simpler, even more. The airline companies have successfully understood the need and priority of their consumers-optimum value for money.

With various organizations budding into aviation industry, obtaining appropriate and attractive deals of cheap air travel has become very trouble-free. This has also provided a new thrust to the industry which was undergoing a lot of problems and crisis. Smart travelers are now availing the facility of cheap flight booking system in India, which has become an indispensable part of their way of life. These revolutionary fares of the different airlines, in India, can be procured by the different methods-Travel and tour agents working in agencies and online website portals.

Anything that is just a phone call away or a click away, demand for those goods and services obviously increases. That is what happens in the present scenario precisely. These economic rates have been made readily available so easily and without any hassle that people are swarming like bees to register the travel tickets to their much loved tourist spots.

The tourists or 'pleasure seekers' can possess alluring concession and discounts along with the reasonable flight fares. Moreover, they can bid for the minimum fares most suited to their needs and wants. So now the consumer has replaced the various airline companies and has become the price maker. Gone are the days when tourists had to make innumerable reminder calls to their agents about the ticket booking for planning an extemporaneous vacation. Now they do not need to burden their wallet with exorbitant flight rates. They can explore a variety of economic flight fare alternatives for traveling and leisure without going through the tiresome procedure of getting the air tickets booked. Air travel has reached its pinnacle after so many years now!

The facility of flights from United Arab Emirates, the duty free shopping paradise, to India connects it to almost all the major cities of the country. Many flights are available in Dubai which is joining it with cities like Lucknow, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Srinagar and other important airports in India.

Airline Choices For Cheap Flights to Australia

An abundance of promotions and special offers for cheap flights to Australia has made it much more affordable to vacation Down Under. Airfare to Australia, especially for travel in low season – the month of May and August through mid-September – is priced favorably compared to other long-haul destinations like Asia and eastern Europe.

Non-stop flights to Australia depart from Los Angeles and San Francisco. If you live in other parts of the US, you’ll have to first fly to California.

In the past few years, flights to Australia have increased as existing airlines added flights and new airlines began service on this route. This is good news for travelers – increased competition brought the prices of flights to Australia down.

When searching for the cheapest flights to Australia, you’ll find that airline consolidators usually have the lowest pricing. But, when the airlines are trying to fill the seats on their planes and offer a short-term special promotion, their prices can’t be beat. Always check pricing on the airlines that fly to Australia before buying your tickets.

Airlines that fly to Australia:

Qantas

Qantas, the airline of Australia, offers the largest aircraft and the most flights. With daily non-stop flights from Los Angeles and less frequent flights from San Francisco, Qantas flies non-stop to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas offers code-share flights operated by American Airlines from many cities in the United States to connect to the flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Qantas’ website frequently features low season flight deals, promotions that include a “free” flight to a city within Australia, and special offers on the Aussie AirPass. If you are an American Airlines Aadvantage member, you can earn mileage points by flying to and within Australia on Qantas.

VAustralia

VAustralia, the newest addition to the Virgin Airlines Group, flies non-stop from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Connecting flights are available from other US cities on Virgin America and Delta. VAustralia also offers a few flights that depart from San Francisco.

Their planes on the Australia route are new, custom decorated with an Australian theme and feature comfortable seating for the long flight. VAustralia’s website keeps up with the special offers Qantas has for cheap flights to Australia, but VAustralia does not offer specials for flight packages that include other destinations within Australia.

Delta Airlines

Delta began flying to Sydney in 2009. Shortly after they began service on this route, Delta entered a code-sharing agreement with the Virgin Airlines Group, VAustralia, for international flights, and its sister airline, VirginBlue, for domestic flights within Australia.

Delta SkyMiles members with Club access can use VirginBlue’s luxurious airport lounges when traveling within Australia on VirginBlue or internationally on Delta or VAustralia.

United Airlines

United flies to Sydney from Los Angles and San Francisco, with connections from other cities in the United States. Infrequently United’s website will promote specials sales on these flights. United does not fly within Australia.

Other Airlines

Air New Zealand flies from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Australia, but the flights stop in Auckland first. This adds several hours to the total flight time to Australia. Their pricing is very competitive.

Several Asian airlines also offer multi-stop flights to Australia. These flights tend to be much more expensive than the non-stop flights on Qantas, VAustralia, Delta or United.

Flying East

Travelers, for whom airplane comfort and luxury is more important than price and a non-stop long-haul flight, should consider flying east to reach Australia. For the most part, flying east is more expensive – but you can combine a visit to Singapore (Singapore Air has a daily non-stop flight from Newark to Singapore) or Dubai (Emirates offers two daily non-stop flights from JFK and non-stop flights from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco) with your vacation in Australia.

Low Cost Airlines Vs. Indian Railways: Heating Competition, Melting Prices

The continuing fare tussle between the Railways and the Low-cost airlines has changed the contemporary scenario for the Indian traveller. A ticket on India’s low-cost carrier (LCC) has made flying, once confined to the rich and elite, an affordable reality for the hordes of Indians travelling across the country.

It has taken some time for the low-cost airline industry to carve a niche for themselves, but the wallet-friendly LCCs are here to stay.

When Air Deccan introduced airfares almost equalling the AC II-tier train fares, the response from the leading domestic airlines like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Sahara Airlines was immediate. Slashed rates and Advanced Purchase schemes (Apex) swiftly began to take shape, resulting upto 30 to 40 per cent slashed fares compared with the original prices.

Barely a year after Air Deccan took off came the launch of Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines, followed by SpiceJet and GoAir. Today the number of LCC’s has multiplied from three to a dozen in a matter of months. Since the entry barriers are low, players such as Paramount, IndiGO (Interglobe), Yamuna Air or Kerala Airways, have already filed flight plans.

Continuing a steady progress, LCC’s are slowly eating into the aviation market share, capturing almost one third of the total market.

However the dip in market share does not necessarily mean a drop in the number of passengers or revenues for the mainstream airlines, as the size of the air travel segment has also been increasing. In the market driven by the LCCs- with about half of the passengers being first-time air travellers, there’s a bigger pie for everyone.

But the biggest loser so far has been Indian Airlines. Even with its trendy make over called Indian, it has been left with a market share of only 23.88 per cent while the potential Jet-Sahara combine controls 45 per cent.

As a result it is now exploring the possibility of floating a subsidiary for low-cost operations by merging Air-India Express, the low-fare arm of A-I with Alliance Air, the decade-old wholly-owned subsidiary of IA servicing tier II cities. This could mean that India would have its first-ever LCC, having both domestic and international operations.

However this fairy tale of low cost airline advent is still in its initial stages.

In Europe, North America and Australasia, most successful low cost airlines have operated primarily in domestic, or unrestricted international markets. The LCCs in India on the other hand, have to operate in a highly regulated domestic environment. This is likely to get compounded with the surge in aviation fuel prices over the past year and the plummeting infrastructure with congestion in airports, lack of landing facilities and parking slots, and increasing staff costs driven by internal competition.

These non-frill LCCs are characterised by few on-board services and elimination of catering. But for the Indian travellers accustomed to travelling in the crowded trains for long hours, the aggressive tariff structure by the LCCs, costing nominally higher than the AC II-tier by train, is becoming a popular alternative.

With the LCCs now targeting the middle-class travellers, the Indian skies are slowly but surely opening up to the one billion plus Indian population.

Copyright (C) Manoj Gursahani