Senior citizens who travel the world offer tips for your next trip

John McDevitt
April 25, 2019 - 6:10 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Members of a nonprofit organization that assists senior citizen travelers with educational adventures are sharing some of their trip tips. The helpful hints are for seniors by seniors.

Road Scholar is a national nonprofit that has been around for more than 40 years offering resources for travelers in their 50s and older. Financial aid is even available to those who are eligible.

Sarah Vogle, 66, from Philadelphia is a Road Scholar member and a world traveler.    

She has a tip that may make you smile.

"Floss is boss. Bring extra dental floss with you, because you can use it for different things like making a clothesline, tying together your suitcases if they come apart," Vogle said. 


Get up and walk around every two hours when on a long flight.

"Compression stockings are really helpful. And this helps you to not develop clots in your legs," she added. 

Also, compression socks are great for circulation and now come in funky and fashionable designs. 

And if you going to a high altitude destination, get your body used to it before you go.

"There are some gyms that actually have some high altitude pressure, so you can go in and use a treadmill, for example, and it will feel you are at 10,000 feet," she advised. 

She says make sure you bring prescribed medication in its original bottle so there is no question what you are carrying. 

And leave a list of all your destinations and hotels with loved ones.

Other members suggest to pack light, bring two or three dark pants and about six or seven tops and scarves to add color.   

Earplugs can help you get rest, and make a list of things to remember to bring home, like contents inside a hotel safe or phone chargers.