4 Reasons Why Traveling with Baby Boomers is a Blast
Previously, we’ve discussed several travel tips that caregivers should be aware of when traveling with their care recipients. These safety guidelines, when considered and done to heart, can assure both a caregiver and a baby boomer care recipient of fun and pleasant travel memories.
Today, we’d like to focus on some of the most significant benefits that caregivers gain when traveling with the people they’re looking after. More than providing required care and health assistance, these trips with boomers can definitely be great for caregivers. Let’s find out more below:
Reason #1: Health Benefits (Yours and Theirs)
Being able to explore new sceneries and to wander in a strange yet exciting land can prove to be beneficial for one’s health. Boomer tourists can have some much-needed physical exercise, just by being part of walking tours. Even seeing the sights or being with crowd both in an urban and natural jungle gives travelers a satisfying workout. Caregivers gain the same (if not, even more) level of exercise – looking after and finding out if everything is safe and all right with a recipient’s condition is a whole new level of a workout session!
Emotional health can also be considered part of the health benefits one earns during trips. The opportunity to engage with locals in their native language, immersion in a different culture, or just conversing with fellow tourists can boost one’s spirits. The same goes for caregivers. The break from the everyday routine is akin to a breath of fresh air, which is something that most caregivers are definitely in need of.
Reason #2: Opportunities to Learn New Things Together
For most caregivers, committing to their calling of looking after a recipient also means losing out on work and personal chances to achieve in life. Family caregivers often fall into this conundrum, with the loss of life opportunities just because they are expected to look after their elders.
However, traveling with their care recipient opens up a lot of doors to learn and excel. Aside from learning and speaking a new language, caregivers can pick up and even master life skills that can prove to be useful in both their custodial and personal responsibilities. From having a newfound appreciation for a new cuisine to being able to book affordable flights and finding the best places to stay, these skills can help a caregiver improve and contribute to better causes in their life. Best of all, engaging these learning opportunities with a boomer recipient creates an even stronger bond.
Reason #3: Shared Memories
Speaking of bonds and relationships, traveling is beneficial for caregivers since it overcomes barriers and helps in sparking meaningful conversations with boomers. The more meaningful a relationship is, the more efficient caregivers can be when it comes to their custodial responsibilities. And with the vibrant worldview one can gain from traveling, boomers and their caregivers can learn to appreciate each other’s worth more.
The shared memories can range from the start of the travel plans. Boomers and caregivers can work with each other in finding the best travel deals, places to visit, and in mapping out an itinerary. Packing or organizing luggage, when done together, can be a good moment to bond with each other. As both tourists, enjoying the sights and sounds of a new place can result in experiences that both can treasure for life.
Reason #4: Because Caregivers Deserve Something Great Too
Best of all, caregivers stand to recognize their utmost importance in the cosmic balance of the universe (otherwise, their life!) by wandering the world with their care recipient. To travel also means to explore one’s innermost being – by stepping out of the comfort zone, a caregiver can identify and nurture his or her purpose in life. And the ironic yet touching concept about this is that a boomer recipient, the person to be watched over, can be that one individual to help a caregiver value his or her worth. It’s a transformational journey, of being able to spend time with that special person in one’s life.
Additional: Movies and Insurance Coverage Galore
We’d like to cap off this article by sharing a post by Entire-Health, 6 Best Movies to Watch for Boomer Tourists. More than being inspired by movies in the list, the reminder mentioned in the post of learning more about Medicare Supplemental Plans should be considered – the foreign travel coverage that some of the Medigap plans offer can be essential for boomer tourists.
We hope that more caregivers get to travel the world with their care recipients. Please let us know below if you have other reasons to include why traveling is beneficial for caregivers. Thank you!