This post was written by Ralph Starks, a blogger and traveler who enjoys exploring the world in the best ways possible.

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With the holidays coming up, it’s a prime time for travelers. There’s nothing quite like hitting the road, whether you’re visiting friends, vacationing to get away from the worst of the winter weather, or helping an elderly parent fulfill one of the bucket list dreams.

In this post, we will look at the last option and provide tips on how you can make it less stressful and safer for a senior parent. Regardless of whether you’re making a coast-to-coast journey or going across the river, a little forethought will make the trip so much easier for everyone. An excellent place to start is thinking about legal guardianship in AZ because you never know what’s around the corner. Once that’s in order, here’s some advice to consider before you begin your holiday travels.

1. Choose an Exciting Destination

If this is your first time away together, explore somewhere close to home. Think about a location neither of you has been to before or a trip that revolves around a common interest. For example, it might be something art-related, a theater, or something connected with gardening.

For your first time away, it’s a good idea to do a trial run. A local or regional destination for a weekend trip will allow you to iron out any wrinkles before you embark on that bucket list journey to the other side of the world.

2. Check With Your Loved One’s Doctor

If you’re taking an elderly parent on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it’s best to check with their doctor to make sure they feel your parent can handle the stress of traveling and the change in their routine.

Make yourself aware of all the medications they need to take and keep them in their original bottles for easy identification. Ask their doctor for a list of all medications and instructions for their use. If you’re flying, keep the meds in a carry-on bag to prevent missing doses if your luggage is delayed or lost.

3. Take it in Turns Choosing Attractions

Spend some time researching a destination’s attractions online, and you’ll be able to check there will be something each of you can get excited about. Taking it in turns to choose attractions will give both of you the opportunity to expand your minds. Plus, it will provide you with some insight into the other person.

4. Talk About Money

You don’t need to go into great depth, but a simple discussion about how you will handle the expenses will save a lot of misunderstandings when you’re on the road.

Are you planning to treat your elderly parent as a thank you for everything they’ve done for you? Perhaps your moms going to foot the bill because it’s your birthday. On the other hand, in the interests of fairness, maybe the best option is to split expenses down the middle.

5. Choose Accommodation

If your elderly parent needs some assistance with daily living activities, you might want to opt for a shared room. However, if one of you is an early bird and the other a night owl, adjoining hotel rooms might be in order.

If you’re looking for something affordable that comes with lots of space, an Airbnb will give both of you plenty of room. Plus, you’ll have the option to enjoy home-cooked meals at your home away from home.

6. Where and What to Eat

This is something you can also take turns in choosing. For example, your elderly parent might want to have recognizable food on their plate as much as possible. On the other hand, you might delight in eating local food. You can get the best of both worlds by taking it in turns.

7. Look After Yourself and Each Other

If you’re touring around, include refreshment stops in your plan. A common problem for the elderly is dehydration due to reduced thirst signals or medications. So encourage your elderly mom or dad to drink plenty of water and plan for frequent rest stops.

8. When Flying, Choose a Non-Stop Flight

Sprints through crowded airports and long layovers aren’t much fun even if you’re in the best of health and have youth on your side. Take advantage of any assistance offered at the airport, even if your parent normally walks unassisted.

9. When Driving, Make Frequent Stops

Seniors need to stretch often, and the break is good for you too. Before you set out, map out points of interest and build them into your schedule. Keep canes and walkers where they are easily accessible and don’t forget to remind your loved one to use the restroom facilities.

10. Be on Your Best Behavior

Of course, you love each other, but that doesn’t mean traveling with an elderly parent won’t be stressful. You may have to compromise, but be patient, considerate, and kind. You’ll be thrilled you made the trip because of the wonderful memories you’ll make together.