Travel Check­list

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Parents 101 -

WHEN YOU BOOK A HO­TEL…

1 Ask about lifts, stairs, small pas­sage­ways and un­even sur­faces in and around the property. Your par­ents need to be able to get around eas­ily.

2 En­sure that your par­ents can get a quiet room, be­cause el­derly people tend to be more sen­si­tive to noise.

3 Check if the bath­room is equipped with wall rails or bars. Also make sure that the shower or bath­tub has a non-slip bath mat. If your par­ents pre­fer a shower stall in­stead of a tub, which can be dif­fi­cult to climb in and out of, ask if the ho­tel has that op­tion.

4 Ask if there is a bell­hop who can help your par­ents carry their lug­gage. Some small or budget ho­tels may not have one.

WHEN CHOOS­ING A TOUR...

1 Find out if the coaches have re­strooms on board, if the meals are suited to your par­ents’ di­etary needs and if the itin­er­ary fea­tures ac­tiv­i­ties your folks are in­ter­ested in. These can spell the dif­fer­ence be­tween a great hol­i­day and a bad one.

2 Find out how the tour guide can make your par­ents more com­fort­able if they have spe­cial health needs. For ex­am­ple, if your dad is hard of hear­ing, it might be bet­ter for him to sit in the front of the coach.

3 If walk­ing is part of the pro­gramme, ask about the dis­tance in­volved and the kind of sur­faces the group will have to walk on – for ex­am­ple, cob­bled walk­ways, steep or nar­row roads, and so on.

4 Check if the itin­er­ary is jam-packed from morn­ing to night. The tour sched­ule should in­clude reg­u­lar breaks through­out the day so your par­ents won’t tire out too eas­ily.

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