Retirement is an exciting time; you are finally free of work-related deadlines and can start living on your own terms. Many of us plan for retirement, but have you ever wondered how you’ll spend your days once retired? Here are three suggestions to get you started.
Have you always wanted to visit Europe? Or travel around Australia in a caravan? Early retirement is a great time to satisfy the travel bug within. You finally don’t have to worry about applying for leave, you can get out and explore the world. Retirees can go on extended holidays, taking advantage of last-minute deals and travelling outside peak travel periods.
Travelling is all about exploring new places and experiencing new things. You can go as big or as small as you like. You don’t have to travel far to experience something new; it can be found in your own backyard! Write a travel bucket list of all the places around the world you want to visit and start ticking them off one by one.
2. Learn a new skill
Is there something you have always wanted to do, but never had the time to do it? Retirement offers the chance to explore new interests that were impossible during your working years. You could try your hand at pottery, learn how to cook a new cuisine or take up sailing. This is also a great way to meet like-minded people. Look at local community boards, enquire with your council or search online to see what is available in your area.
You spend most of your life working hard, and when retirement comes around, you might think, ‘I can finally start doing things for myself’. Although treating yourself is important, you won’t be surprised to hear that many retirees choose to volunteer. It’s a good way to stay active and feel productive and helping others makes you feel great about yourself. Look around your local area for churches, schools, or charities that need help. Don’t be afraid to ask to try it for a day to ensure it's something you want to commit to.