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Avoid the Flu when Traveling

2014-01-21 14:27:19

The height of the flu season is upon us and infection levels in the U.S. have reached widespread status. If you are planning on traveling now through the end of March, you are encouraged to note a few safe practices to stay healthy.

Get a flu shot.

One of the most important measures you can take to protect yourself from catching a bad case of the flu is to get a flu vaccination.

Avoid needlessly touching things.

One good thing about traveling in the winter is that much of the nation is in cold temperatures.  Wearing gloves when touching door handles and other items can help prevent germs on your hands.

Stay rested and hydrated.

The last thing you want when you travel is a weak immune system. Be sure to rest up before your trip and stay hydrated.

Help keep others healthy.

If you have to sneeze or cough, please do so into your arm or shirt. Covering your mouth will help prevent the spread of viruses and infections.

Always wash your hands.

Lastly, always wash your hands. Every chance you get, no matter what you’re doing, washing your hands can help prevent infection. This is especially important if you are always touching your eyes, face, nose, and mouth.

For more information on how Travel Companions can help seniors travel, please give us a call at 214-254-4671.

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5 Ways to Prevent an Unhappy Trip

2013-12-17 17:58:19

Those who have the opportunity to travel are fortunate. Who wants to stay cooped up in the same home/town nonstop without exploring the world around them?

Whether your travels are to visit family or friends, or out of leisure, there are always several things that can go wrong and make you wish you had stayed home. Keeping this in mind, we have developed a list of five ways to avoid an unhappy vacation/trip.

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1. Budget and plan your expenses.

Smart travelers will have a budget to stay within when they travel. Planning begins at the moment you decide to book your trip.

From booking mode of transportation (air, train, car, etc.) to accommodations, attractions and events to food and souvenirs, being able to budget appropriately means you can anticipate expenses and know that your trip won’t break the bank.

2. Take something to keep you busy.

Traveling takes time, and depending on your mode of transportation, it can take a long time. No matter how you travel, it’s always a good idea to take things (within reason) to keep you busy and entertained. Books, crossword puzzles, laptop, tablets—all of these items are great items to help pass the time.

Tablet computers are our personal favorite item to travel with because they off so much flexibility to keep us (and our clients) entertained. You can watch movies, surf the Internet, play games, listen to music, and much more.

3. Pack snacks and keep water by your side.

Nothing’s worse than being stuck on an airport tarmac for upwards of an hour or more for one reason or another. What about traffic on a busy highway? Sometimes delays can work our nerves and our appetite.

Things can go wrong and delays can come at unfortunate times. That’s why it’s always a great idea to keep a snack and bottled water nearby to keep you hydrated or if you develop a case of the munchies.

4. Go with purpose.

No matter if you’re going for business or leisure, traveling with purpose is always a good thing. Your goal can be to close a business deal or spend X amount of time with family/friends. Perhaps it’s even to visit a certain venue or attend an event during your trip.

Traveling with purpose means that you can achieve something, no matter how small or large your goal, and you’ll go home feeling accomplished.

5. Travel with family and/or friends.

When you travel, having someone by your side to share your experience with is always a great thing. A companion can help you in so many ways.

For example, they can share perspective on new experiences or watch your things while you go look at whatever catches your interest. For many seniors, a travel companion can help with many hurdles throughout the trip.

If you’d like to learn more about how Travel Companions can help seniors get around during their travels, be sure to peruse our website or give us a call at 972-725-9337.

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Holiday Travel Tips

2013-11-27 07:23:29

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No matter where you’re headed this holiday season, traveling can either a pain or enjoyment. From security check-points to annoying travelers sitting next to you, long car rides to freezing weather—planning your journey ahead of time can make all the difference.

Knowing how travel can put you in a certain mood, we decided to compile a list of top travel tips for the holiday season.

Research Everything!

When planning your trip, up to the day of travel, make sure you’ve done your research. You want to make sure that your accommodations are appropriate and that you plan for traffic.

Pack Appropriately

Not only should you make sure that you pack appropriate clothes and personal items for your trip, but make sure that you don’t overdo it. In fact, if you can pack everything into a carry-on, you can not only save some serious cash, but it can reduce delays from bypassing baggage check.

Keep snacks and medication nearby at all times.

No matter where you’re going and how you’re traveling, make sure you keep bottled water, light snacks, and essential medication nearby. This comes in handy during serious, unexpected delays.

Avoid stress by traveling on off-days.

If you want to avoid crowds and save a buck if traveling by air, then Thanksgiving and Christmas day are great times to find less traffic and great deals.

Breathe and enjoy the journey.

Sometimes we get caught up with itineraries and details that we forget to stop and breathe. Traveling should be fun and exciting. If you find yourself getting agitated, take a moment to refocus on what’s important—you.

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Check with your physician before traveling…

2013-10-25 18:14:33

Before embarking on a trip or preparing to be away from home for any extended period of time, it’s generally a good idea for seniors to schedule an appointment with their physician to complete a check-up beforehand.

Depending on the state of your health, the frequency at which you meet with your physician may vary. For those particularly with chronic medical conditions, making an appointment with your doctor prior to a trip can be life-saving.

Wellness Checks

Sometimes, traveling can put a toll on your physical health. Those with weak immune systems might also be easily susceptible to winter-time illnesses such as colds or the flu at large public places such as airports or bus stations. Your physician might make recommendations on whether or not you are able to travel or precautions to take to ensure you remain healthy.

Physical Constraints

Be sure to talk with your physician about how you will be traveling. Whether by land, sea, or air – not to mention the vehicle of which you will travel by – your doctor may make certain recommendations. For example those with severe ear conditions may need to consider alternative travel methods in lieu of flight. If you are traveling by car, a certain amount of rest stops might be recommended for those with leg and hip conditions.

Medications

If you are taking a large amount of medication, seeing your physician might be critical to ensure you are able to refill any prescriptions you may be running low on. The last thing you want to do is run out in the midst of your journey.

Getting around as a senior can sometimes be a challenge. If you need assistance traveling, Travel Companions is available to help you make it from Point A to Point B and back. Our professional travel experts can streamline your experience and ensure your trip is hassle-free.  For more information on travel preparation for seniors and for our services, please call 972-725-9337.

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Making Traveling Easier for Seniors

2013-10-08 18:11:55

Travel Companions was founded after identifying the need that more and more seniors are requiring assistance traveling. No matter the nature of their travel, to reach family or for leisure, making it from Point A to Point B can sometimes be a challenge.

Our mission to offer outstanding travel assistance to seniors.

No matter if our clients require physical assistance, or merely do not wish to travel alone, we make it our priority to help them enjoy their journeys without the stress and hassle associated with traveling today.

So why would someone choose Travel Companions? Simple.

Our travel companions undergo strict background checks and have extensive training and experience. Understanding diversity, we employ a varied team with a wide-range of interests and skills; so we are confident that we can assign a professional and skilled travel companion who will not only be a good fit for you, but have the experience to help you with every step in your journey.

No matter your means of travel, it can seem like a chore in today’s world. Traffic delays, construction, flight changes, airport remodeling… the list of potential inconveniences and deterrents can seem endless.

From travel arrangements to departure, arrival and back to your home, we can take care of the entire trip for our senior clients. Our goal is to help make your journey as simple and stress-free as possible.

Many times, family members of our clients like to remain in the loop. Working through the registration process, we will setup a list of check-points where throughout the process, our travel professionals remain in constant contact with loved one so they can rest assured you are safe and sound.

Although we are based in the Dallas area, our services are far reaching. We can provide travel assistance worldwide; so no matter where you need to go, we can help get you there.

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Helping Seniors in Dallas-Fort Worth Travel with Ease

2013-09-30 06:37:24

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As fall begins to roll into North Texas, many seniors in the Dallas and Fort Worth region will begin to plan for fall and early winter travel.  The problem is, sometimes they will require a little assistance in booking arrangements, making it from Point-A to Point-B, and navigating new environments along the way.

At Travel Companions, we understand the travel challenges seniors face. In fact, it is what we have built our company around. Put simply, we help senior citizens reach a destination.  We accomplish this by matching them up with an appropriate, professional, and well-trained travel expert who can help navigate unfamiliar destinations, or provide mobility assistance during their journey.

So what makes Travel Companions unique?

We can plan your trip from start to finish.

Researching and booking travel arrangements can be tricky. Especially with all the new travel packages, upgrade options, rules and regulations, and the myriad of other options available. This is especially true when you’re planning for a senior and need the best rates without any unnecessary layovers or delays.

The travel specialists at Travel Companions work with some of the best travel agents in the industry to book your trip with you in mind. Whether by land, air, or sea, we leverage our expertise to get the best itinerary that meets your needs.

Our professional travel companions make the journey stress-free.

For many seniors traveling out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, getting around isn’t always easy. It’s understandable too, our main airport is larger than the island of Manhattan!

Whether you need help navigating the airport, require mobility assistance, or need help with administering medication, our specially trained travel companions will be there to assist you.

Aside from accompanying our clients on their trip, our travel companions help with making sure that medication is administered at appropriate times (keeping in mind time zone changes, etc.), provide snacks as necessary (which can be important based on one’s medical condition), provide on-board amenities (such as reading material, games, movies, etc.), and help coordinate travel changes that might be a result of flight delays or cancellations.

The true value of having a professional travel companion who understands the industry and has the skills to accompany seniors is almost immeasurable. Especially when one needs to travel and has no other way to reach their destination alone.

For seniors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who would like to learn more about how Travel Companions can make their travel experience an enjoyable one, please give us a call at 972-725-9337. One of our travel coordinators will work to help you plan your trip and answer any questions that you might have.

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Why would you need a travel companion?

2013-08-19 17:23:43

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One of life’s greatest joys is travel. With age come with different challenges, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for a new adventure. In fact, the senior years are some of the best for seeing the world.

Whether you are planning an overseas tour or simply want to travel to see your loved ones, with the right help, travel is easier and more accessible than ever. At Travel Companions, we help every step of the way and ensure that all the needs of our clients are taken care of.

Reaching your destination

The logistics of getting from point A to point B can be frustrating, especially if you don’t travel often. Whether you are going by land, sea or air, Travel Companions can plan your entire trip to make sure it goes smoothly and safely.

Our trusted professionals can help you find the most convenient travel options at the best rates. Their years of experience in the travel industry mean our companions can help you resolve any transportation-related issues or changes to your itinerary quickly so you can be on your way without any added headaches. We also provide pick-up and drop-off arrangements before and after your trip so you don’t have to worry about transportation once you reach your destination.

Getting around

Travel Companions can help you navigate unfamiliar environments. Airports and train stations can be busy and confusing. From check-in to baggage claim, our trusted professionals make getting from here to there easy and less stressful. Knowledgeable experts can also help you navigate unfamiliar cities and get you to your final destination.

Mobility assistance

Travel Companions are perfect for seniors who need special assistance and don’t have a family member or loved one who can help. Our partners undergo strict background checks and have years of experience helping travelers of all needs get where they need to be without all the hassle.

Travel without the stress

Traveling can seem like a daunting idea, especially for seniors. A trusted professional can help take care of the unexpected and ease your burden.

Whatever your needs—whether you need help getting around or you experience travel anxiety, our companions know how to ensure your trip is safe and comfortable so you can take your mind off the stress and focus on the joy of traveling.

If you are a senior in the Dallas, Fort Worth, or North Texas area looking to travel, give us a call to learn more about how Travel Companions can help make the travel experience safe and enjoyable. Contact us at 972-725-9337. Our coordinators can answer any questions you have and help you start planning your trip.

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Tips for Seniors Traveling Abroad

2013-08-06 17:11:51

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There are few better ways to feel young than through the joy of seeing the world, so it’s no wonder more and more seniors are packing their bags for trips abroad.

These days, travelling is easier and more accessible than ever, meaning that a fun and exciting getaway is within reach for people of any age. But before you take off, make sure to follow these simple tips to help your trip go more smoothly.

Avoiding illness

There are few things that can throw a wrench into travel plans like falling ill. Foreign countries are home to many foreign pathogens that can strike unsuspecting tourists.

One of the most common problems for first-time travelers is food-related illness. The notorious “Delhi Belly,” also known as “Montezuma’s Revenge” or simply traveler’s diarrhea, can leave even the most intrepid traveler sick in bed for days instead of out seeing the sites.

Tap water in many developing countries shouldn’t be consumed unless it’s properly treated, which is why it’s often best to order bottled water at restaurants and avoid ice cubes just to be on the safe side. If you have any food-related allergies, make sure you know what you are being served and what it was prepared with, since many restaurants don’t list ingredients in English.

Trying local dishes is one of the greatest joys of travelling, but it’s important to make sure what you are trying is safe. It’s not a bad idea to research restaurants in guide books or online beforehand to find out if they have a reputation for making visitors ill. Hygiene isn’t up to Western standards in some places, so it’s important to take caution when eating in small cafes and from street food vendors.

Medication

Make sure you bring all prescription medications you will need for your trip, as well as a little extra just in case. Pharmacies in Europe are great, but often they carry different brands than you can find the U.S., and knowing you are buying the right prescription and dosage can sometimes be a challenge—especially if you don’t share a common language with the pharmacist.

Also remember that flying across the ocean is a significant time-zone difference, meaning that you may have to change when you take your medication so as not to upset your schedule. Make sure to talk with your physician about taking prescription medication while abroad.

Staying safe

Don’t let petty criminals ruin your vacation. While pickpocketing has become uncommon in the US in recent decades, it’s still a popular sport in many countries.

Don’t carry all of your cash and credit cards at the same time. Leave some money in your hotel and separate your cards so that you have some backup in case you get robbed. Rear pockets of jeans are easy targets for criminals with quick hands.

Consider buying a money belt that fits snuggly underneath your clothing so that your cash is more difficult to reach. Smartphones are also highly prized and easy to snatch, so it’s a good idea not to place them on tables or leave them in the outer pockets of jackets.

Also beware of ATM scams. Always take a close look at ATMs for any anomalies before taking out money. Criminals have been known to modify cash machines to gain access to debit and credit accounts, so it’s a good idea to only use ATMs inside banks where they are more closely monitored.

When to travel

If you have a flexible schedule, you might want to consider travelling during the off-peak season. Many hotels and restaurants are more expensive during the summer rush. If you are able to travel during the spring or autumn, you can take advantage of discounted rates at many destinations.

Not only can you save some money by travelling in May or September instead of July or August, but you can also beat the crowds as well as the heat. Many museums and attractions also offer discounts and deals for seniors. It’s never a bad idea to ask!

Register your information

Register with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This will give you access to travel warnings and make it easier for you to receive help in case of an emergency during your trip.

Providing emergency contact information will help your loved ones get the information they need in case something happens while you are abroad. US embassies also provide emergency help in case of natural disasters and provide support to travelers who lose passports.

Visiting a new place can be a rich and rewarding experience, and these days age is no barrier to having a great time abroad. But as is true with anyone of any age, it’s important to do a little planning and take a few precautions to make sure your trip is fun and hassle-free.

If you would love to explore the world, but require a little assistance to help with mobility or navigation challenges, please give Travel Companions a call at 972-725-9337. We have a team of expert travel professionals who can assist with every aspect of your trip.

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6 Summer Travel Tips for Seniors

2013-06-10 18:40:43

Summer is upon us and seniors across the country will begin preparing for summer travel with family, friends, or even by themselves. Whatever brings about the reason for your travels as a senior, special care and attention is needed to ensure your trip is a successful one.

At Travel Companions, we continually help seniors with their travel needs. One of the reasons why we’re hired is so that they don’t have to worry about all of the little things before, during, and after their trip.

But for those who choose to travel on their own or with family and friends, we’d like to share a couple of summertime travel tips to keep in mind.

Get a health check-up before your tip.

Before you run off, be sure to schedule a health check-up with your physician. You will want to make sure you are in the best health possible and ask your doctor if there is anything you should keep in mind based on your destination and your current health status. This is of particular importance if you are traveling abroad.

Carry-ons are your friend.

Whether you’re traveling by land or air, having a small carry-on bag is always a smart decision. Inside, you should pack important items that you will need throughout your trip: prescription medication, aspirin and indigestion medication, appropriate snacks for in-between meals, health insurance card, hand wipes, and other essentials.

Research the weather for your destination and pack accordingly.

Be sure to research the type of weather you can expect at your destination and pack with that in mind. That goes without saying that you should also pack an outfit or two to accommodate for the unplanned (such rain and cooler or warmer weather). Also take a pull-over or zip-up sweater with you!

Consider the weight of your luggage.

This in particularly important if you are traveling alone. Be sure you are able to handle your luggage yourself as you might not always be in a situation where you can get help from others. So having wheels on your luggage and making sure it isn’t too heavy for you is key.

Note time zone changes in advance.

Before you depart on your trip, make sure you are aware about the various time zones you might fly through and note the changes along the way. This is particularly important if you are taking time-sensitive medication.

Avoid traveling alone or at night if at all possible.

Seniors are often targets for thieves and pickpockets. When out exploring, avoid wearing any expensive jewelry and avoid wandering around at night or by yourself.  It is also often a smart idea to keep a “dummy wallet” with you. If you were to be approached by a mugger asking for your wallet, you can hand them the decoy with minimum liability.

As the summer travel season ramps up, be sure to plan ahead and travel smart. If you or a loved one is in their golden years and needs a companion to help make their summertime travels a better experience, be sure to think of Travel Companions.

We have specially trained and insured travel companions who understand the world of travel and can help with the unique needs of seniors. For more information, please give us a call at 972-725-9337 or fill out a request for information form.

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Travel Companions for Seniors in Dallas

2013-06-05 18:29:04

Sometimes seniors in the Dallas area need or want to travel, but cannot do it alone. Whatever the reason might be, Travel Companions has a dedicated team of specially trained professionals who can help seniors reach their destination and back without the stresses or restraints that keep them at home.

Understanding that traveling as a senior is sometimes necessary, we have built our company around the idea that seniors simply need help reaching a destination, would like for a seasoned travel expert to help navigate unfamiliar destinations, or require mobility assistance during their journey.

So what makes Travel Companions unique? Well, two major reasons is that we handle the travel arrangements and are trained to make your trip an enjoyable experience.

We can take care of travel research and booking arrangements for seniors.
Researching and booking travel arrangements can be a burdensome task. This is especially true when you’re planning for a senior and need the best rates without any unnecessary layovers or delays.

At Travel Companions, we work some of the best travel agents in the industry to book your trip with you in mind. Whether by land, air, or sea, we leverage our expertise to get the best itinerary that meets your needs.

Our professional travel companions help you every step of the way.
For many seniors, getting around isn’t always easy. Whether you need help navigating the airport, require mobility assistance, or need help with administering medication, our specially trained travel companions will be there to assist you.

Aside from accompanying our clients on their trip, our travel companions help with making sure that medication is administered at appropriate times (keeping in mind time zone changes, etc.), provide snacks as necessary (which can be important based on one’s medical condition), provide on-board amenities (such as reading material, games, movies, etc.), and help coordinate travel changes that might be a result of flight delays or cancellations.

The true value of having a professional travel companion who understands the industry and has the skills to accompany seniors is almost immeasurable. Especially when one needs to travel and has no other way to reach their destination alone.

For seniors in the Dallas area who would like to learn more about how Travel Companions can make their travel experience an enjoyable one, please give us a call at 972-725-9337. One of our travel coordinators will work to help you plan your trip and answer any questions that you might have.

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