Someone has rightly said, life begins at 50. And what’s better than living your golden years globetrotting? According to a report published by travel behavior expert Frost & Sullivan, around 7.3 million senior citizens in India will travel in 2020.
Why Should You Travel?
Why do so many people choose to travel? Aside from increasing the number of stamps on your passport, traveling has several benefits for your mind, body and soul.
Improves your mood
Travel has been shown to improve mental health and mood. Exploring new places, meeting new people, and indulging in new activities can be an automatic boost to your mood.
Helps you stay active
Travelling is meant for relaxation, but at the same time one is expected to follow a proper itinerary. One aims at making the most out of their trip and explore as much as they can. People are more alert as they are in a new place and want to witness the whole of it, which makes them active both, physically and mentally.
Refreshes your soul
Travel helps you disconnect from the mundane demands of life. Even a short trip can help you reconnect with yourself or bond with your travel partner. Going on religious tours can be a great source of spiritual enhancement.
Expands your mind
Whether it’s a religious trip/religious tour or visit to religious places or otherwise, travel is a terrific source of learning. From learning about new cultures, traditions to exploring diversity in nature, travel has the power to transform who you are and how you look at the world.
Where should you travel?
People have different reasons to go on a trip. Some people travel just to get a break from their daily routine, while others do it to explore a new part of the world. Many seniors in India prefer to travel for spiritual reasons and traveling to religious places is the most common choice for seniors in India.
India has diverse cultures and offers a host of religious places for travel. While there are innumerable religious places all over India, here are some of the few religious places which hold major relevance:
1. CharDham Yatra (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri)
2. Ajmer Sharif Dargah
3. Golden Temple, Amritsar
4. St. Francis Xavier Church, Goa
6. Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai
7. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi
8. Mount Mary Church, Mumbai
9. Bodh Gaya, Bihar
These are some of the major religious places in India which hold great relevance.
Important Travel Tips
Nowadays, travelling has become much easier as there are plethora of resources available when planning a trip. There are also numerous travel agencies like Cox and Kings which help organize senior citizen trips, religious tours, religious trips etc. There are various religious tour packages that they offer and elders can choose whichever suits them the best.
In order to make your religious trip a memorable one, here are a few things that you must carry with yourself:
• Your daily dose of medicines
• Some basic antibiotics for cold, cough and fever
• A first-aid kit
• Toiletries such as brush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, moisturiser
• A small cushion/pillow for a comfortable flight/train/bus ride
• Light snacks such as puffed rice, foxnuts, dry fruits
• Sports shoes
A few tips to make your religious trip blissful:
• Be sure to take your medicines on time
• Try to eat local food; that’s more healthy and develops better immunity
• Drink lots of water
• Read about the place you are visiting so that you avoid packing unnecessary stuff
With these tips in mind, your religious trip will definitely be worth remembering forever. In fact, these tips are not specifically for a religious tour or for religious places specifically, but are general travel tips that should be kept in mind.
Let Emoha Elder Care Simplify Your Travel
After a certain age, it is common to feel overwhelmed with the thought of travelling far distances. Purchasing tickets, finding the right hotel, and getting support to travel to the airport can all feel very daunting.
That’s where Emoha can help! Emoha Elder Care is a one-stop solution to all of an elder’s concerns. Whether it is assistance with applying for a passport, visa, booking a railway ticket, finding a reliable travel agent or planning a religious trip/religious tour, we will help you get it all done. Retirement should be about rewiring life and enjoying the things you haven’t had the time to explore. Make it possible with Emoha!
We would love to hear from you about your post-retirement dreams and what places (or religious places) you would like to travel to next – tell us in the comments below!