Aging Traveling with grace : Tips for traveling well, no matter your age
A woman likes to travel, no matter her age. Rosalie Couch, from Bluffton, doesn’t let anything get in the way of her travels. From the year 2000, at the age of 53, Rosalie began traveling to Alaska, Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Panama and Columbia. When pleural mesothelioma threatened to end her life, she simply switched her focus to the states: Maine, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio, Florida (where they winter every year).
Rosalie discovered a few traveling tricks on her journeys such as packing lightly, wearing comfortable shoes, carrying your own travel blanket, and packing each outfit in plastic bags to keep them from wrinkling. “If [you are] traveling with another person, always cross-pack one or two outfits. Sometimes [your] bag can get lost and delayed and you can live a couple days out of [your partner’s] bag.” A few other good ideas include knowing emergency details ahead of time: the closest hospital, etc. Pack extra essential medications in an extra bag in case it is lost or ruined during the trip. Plan for afternoon naps, or activities that a few can do together in groups according to ability.
Perhaps the best part about traveling is the people you meet, as Rosalie says, so imagine the rewards of taking a family vacation with two or three generations together, experiencing life to the fullest. Age does not have to inhibit adventure; it only takes a few adjustments to create lifelong memories.
“If [you are] traveling with another person, always cross-pack one or two outfits. Sometimes [your] bag can get lost and delayed and you can live a couple days out of [your partner’s] bag,” says Rosalie Couch, an avid traveller from Bluffton.
Photo by Bonnie Manning, Feature Photographer