Yes! The summer holidays are just around the corner. Those weeks where to square the calendar to coincide with family and friends becomes the biggest tetris of the year. Today we want to talk about the possibilities to make family summer plans near Seville, and what you must take into account so that they become unforgettable days. Let’s go there!
The time of year that we were waiting for has arrived! Finally, rest days after working hard and not having a spare minute. If you are reading this and you have to plan your vacation with an older relative, you are in the right place.
In Aecetia we work in the care of children and the accompaniment of the elderly in the province of Seville, for which we are aware of the difficulty that often causes having people under your care. Therefore, we want to help you and your family enjoy these days, important to improve the links between children, grandparents and grandchildren.
Tips for traveling with seniors
Traveling brings many benefits for the elderly. From the Imserso, working active aging, and consider that traveling is a good practice that provides many positive results for the following reasons:
- Improves the quality of life of the elderly
- Encourages personal development
- Encourages participation in cultural activities that give them new knowledge and stimulate memory
- Promotes new friendship relationships
- Improves emotional well-being
On a psychological level, it is more than positive. It is very important for older people to interact with new people and establish new relationships of friendship, and, of course, it is crucial for them to spend time with their family.
In the organization of this trip will be a determining factor the health status of your family member and their ability to move. First of all, we are very positive and we consider that your father, mother, uncle, etc, is in good health and eager to eat the world!
The first thing we have to take into account is the organization and planning of the trip. Older people usually have a well-marked routine, so it is important that the trip has been planned in advance so that they can organize themselves ahead of time and that they do not overdo the hours of meals and sleep.
If your family member has very limited mobility, you do not have to miss anything. A good option are tourist buses that will allow you to see everything and without getting tired. If you are going to spend the night out, it is recommended that when looking for accommodation you should take into account some aspects such as having an elevator or having a shower in the bathroom.
Also, it is important that you consider the times of the excursions or the itineraries of each day, since they generally walk slower and get tired easily. Therefore, mark stops along the way. A few caps and a beer make sure they all feel great! Think that it is about enjoying and relaxing, not about being overwhelmed and running everywhere. You will also be good to disconnect from stress.
It is important that if you take some type of medication, it is the first thing that is put in the suitcase. As well as follow all the guidelines that your doctor marks. In the case of summer and heat, although it is important for everyone, even more care should be taken by the elderly with a lot of hydration and take good care of their skin with sun protection.
If you go abroad it is important to always hire travel insurance. It is crucial at any age, since medical costs can skyrocket. On the other hand, you should investigate the accessibility: slopes, stairs, and other elements that could be a handicap.
Destinations near Seville to go with your seniors
Now we propose some places and activities that you can do near Seville and easily accessible by car. It is advisable to choose destinations that are not far from home so that the journey does not become too long. Luckily, near our town there are many charming places that seem to be designed to spend pleasant family days.
Due to the heat, the beaches of the coast of Cádiz and Huelva are perfect places. For example, Sanlúcar de Barrameda. It is very fashionable at present for its great gastronomic offer and the famous horse races on the beach, declared of international tourist interest. There, with the sea breeze, Doñana, many bars where you can have “pescaito frito” tapas and their wineries, you can spend a few days relaxing.
Nearby we find Jerez de la Frontera, where you can enjoy the old town, declared Historical and Artistic Monumental Complex and perform activities such as visiting its famous wineries or watching equestrian shows at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and Yeguada Hierro del Bocado.
Without going any further, there is the route of the white villages of Cádiz, one of the most beautiful in Andalusia formed by nineteen villages perfect to visit in a weekend by car. Places full of charm, nature, narrow streets, great artisan culture and views that seem taken from a postcard.
If the heat does not tighten, in the same province of Seville there are towns like Santiponce where you can combine gastronomy, culture and tranquility. Just 7 kilometers from the city, you can spend the day knowing the ruins of the Roman city of Itálica, one of the most important Spanish cities of the Roman era, from where the emperors Trajan and Adriano originated.
These are just some of the many destinations that you can choose to spend a weekend or a fantastic day and close to Seville as a family. But, if you want to go further, do not be afraid to ride them all on a plane. The airports and airlines are very well conditioned and have specialized support staff for the boarding of elderly people.
The years are not an impediment to go out and enjoy and discover new places. It is a perfect stage to take advantage of free time in good company, traveling and living new experiences. Also, remember that you can write to us if you have any questions or if you need us to give attention to your elders the times you can not accompany them at home (and, in the case of hospitals, too).
Let’s enjoy our elders!