Summer Vacation: Getting Away, Safely, With Some Thoughtful Planning.


After spending months at home, who isn’t ready for some travel? And if you’re retired, you may have even more wanderlust. Fares and rates are extremely favorable and tourists will have extra legroom on the plane and at their destination. But, whether you already have a trip booked or are thinking of potential destinations, it’s important to consider the current circumstances.

If you already have a cruise or a trip abroad booked, double-check that the trip is still on and the destination you were planning on visiting is currently welcoming travelers. The next consideration is whether this particular trip can wait. People over 60 remain among the most vulnerable to the harshest symptoms of COVID-19, particularly those with conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. If the trip can wait, there are definitely excellent alternatives in the meantime.

A “staycation” or daytrip with your partner is a great option. Too often we overlook the attractions within our own state (how often do New Yorkers visit the Statue of Liberty?).  Visiting friends who live too far for regular get-togethers but close enough for an overnight stay could be fun and a wonderful opportunity to catch up face-to-face.

Visiting state or national parks can rekindle your interest in nature, while allowing you to continue social distancing. Bring along a sketch pad or a notebook to record your thoughts. After so much time indoors, you might experience and appreciate the great outdoors again in a whole new way.

Daytrips to museums, art galleries, and the theater are options we’ve always believed will always be there – and suddenly haven’t been for the last few months. Many of these desperately need your patronage. You get cultural fulfillment and support local arts and humanities – what could be better? Still afraid of getting too close to others indoors at a museum? Consider an outdoor museum, like a botanical garden.

Whether traveling or at home, Medicare may not cover all of your medical transportation costs. Because a ground ambulance could cost thousands of dollars, and air transport can be $50,000 or more, it’s important to cover the gaps. Medical Air Services Association (MASA) provides memberships for lifesaving emergency transportation services. Services are paid in full, with no deductibles, co-pays or dollar limits. Plus you can enjoy a 40% savings off standard fees, thanks to your membership in the association. 

MASA has you covered, regardless of your age or medical condition. Learn more online at www.AMBAmedtransport.com or call 877-290-3169.

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