Many senior widows stop traveling because they can’t face the obstacles.
Don’t let that stop you from enjoying trips to visit friends and family in other cities (with better climates.)
Here are some solutions to a few travel issues:
- Can’t get around the airport, through security, and to the gate? Tell your airline, and they’ll meet you at the front door with a wheelchair and whisk you through security quickly, take you to the gate, help you board with the FIRST group, and take you to your seat. They’ll arrange to have a chair meet you at arrival too, and do the same to your exit.
- If you have to race across the terminal to another gate during a stopover–and haven’t won any marathon’s lately– do not panic. Airports have open motor carts and will stop when you wave them down and take you wherever you must be, quickly and easily. There’s no charge but it’s an independent company so a tip of $1 or $2 is nice.
- If you should have to lift a carry on bag or heavy coat to the overhead bin and can’t manage it, look around for a strong man/woman and ask for help. I play the widow card, “Would you please help a senior widow?” and have never been refused.
- Afraid of being hungry ? Bring a hard cooked egg to eat with the biscuit or nuts airlines still provide. Order tomato or fruit juice from the free beverage cart and you should make it to landing. They also offer free Bloody Mary Mix, which is a nice substitute for the real thing.
- If it’s too close in the crowded seat when that guy in front of you tips his chair back, do not be shy. Tap him or her on the shoulder, and say, “Please put your seat up. You are squashing me back here.” He/she won’t like that–or you–but we don’t care. You are not in a “Most Popular Flier” contest, and that also works for me. If you get an argument, call the flight attendant and ask for a decision, or to be moved.
- Invest in lightweight luggage with wheels just in case you have to lug it somewhere.
- And you don’t have to be bored. Most people sitting next to you will chat, even if it’s just to complain. Encourage them.
So get moving. For as that famous anonymous quote warned:
“You only pass this way once. Any fun you can have, any good you can do–have and do now, for you only pass this way once.”