October is the perfect month to hop in the car and “get lost” for a bit. Whether you or a senior loved one are looking to take in vibrant and dazzling fall foliage, pop into a top-rated breakfast joint, or discover one-of-a-kind creations, there’s a perfect fall road trip for everyone!
Before you pack the car, however, make sure you have a trusted companion set to come along for the ride. Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers make excellent co-pilots! You can rest assured our caregivers will be just as excited to begin the journey as you or a senior loved one are, and are always ready to share a laugh, trade memories, or sing along to a favorite tune!
So, gas up and fasten your seatbelt – here are three autumnal road trip ideas to start planning with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver today!
- Fall Foliage Tour
Foliage is the word of the season for good reason. In many parts of the country, the leaves show off in the month of October with spectacular displays of reds, oranges, and yellows. If out-of-this-world views are what you’re looking for, a fall foliage tour should be at the top of your list!
The best news is there is probably a course already mapped out for you. A quick Internet search will populate tons of scenic routes in the area. Before you and your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion hit the road, however, make sure to prepare for a day away from home.
Load up the car with these road trip essentials:
- Pack important medications needed throughout the day and keep them within easy reach.
- Stock up on healthy snacks and bring plenty of water.
- Have an energizing playlist ready to keep the tunes rolling or choose a favorite podcast or book on tape to enjoy along the way.
- Seek Out Local Cuisine
Perhaps a journey to a nearby 5-star-rated roadside diner or quaint dessert shop is more up your or your senior loved one’s alley. This can make an excellent fall road trip too!
Sit down with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver and compile a list of restaurants, bakeries, and holes-in-the-wall that sound delicious and have others raving. Consider how far to travel and what kind of eats to enjoy and start planning a route. For example, a trip could include grabbing breakfast at the first stop, a mouthwatering appetizer or sandwich around lunch time, and a decadent dessert on the way home.
Before hitting the road, it’s a good idea to call ahead to the places that make the list to ensure they’ll be open. Restaurant hours often vary from day-to-day and season-to-season.
- Look For Unique Finds
Want to visit the tallest lighthouse on the East coast? Or get a taste of the “World’s Best!” apple pie? No matter where you call home, there are sure to be a few one-of-a-kind attractions close by.
You and your caregiver might also decide to seek out farmer’s markets in the next town over to fill up a bag of fresh produce or start searching for the perfect artisan creation for a loved one’s upcoming birthday. Hopping between yard sales and antique shops makes for a fun road trip as well and these can be a treasure trove for those willing to take the time to search.
Whether your or a senior loved one’s trip focuses on one of these ideas or a combination of all three, the most important thing is to enjoy the ride! Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services delights in watching our clients experience the joy in each season and we’re always excited to provide a compassionate and friendly companion to join in the fun. After all, when it comes to road trips, the true beauty is in the journey.