What to Do After Retirement
Posted by April 07, 2014in Life Transitionson
Most people dream of the day when they can finally retire and have as much free time as they could want. However, when that day finally arrives, many people find they don’t know what to do with all of the extra time they now have on their hands—time that used to be spent working. Retirement is a fun and exciting time, and should be enjoyed to the fullest extent. According to successful business coach Bill Dueease, “People entering retirement can design and create their new retirement life that is so much fun, so prosperous, and so rewards that they get a new lease on life.” Read on for a few good ideas for what to do after retirement.
Traveling can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of a person’s lifetime. It’s also a great way to spend that extra time now filling up your days since you’re retired. Maybe you want to see the world, or maybe you just want to head south to escape cold winters. There are many ways and places to travel, but most traveling retirees are on a budget.
To save a little money here and there, swallow your pride and take advantage of the senior discounts offered by many places. You could also take advantage of your AAA or AARP memberships, and end up saving more than you might think. Every little bit helps, and soon you’ll have saved up enough for a decent trip.
When traveling, it’s also a good idea to take the time to find the best deals. Websites like Travelocity, Expedia, and Orbitz can help, but sometimes even they don’t have the best prices. If you take the old-fashioned route and call up some of the hotels and airlines you’re considering, they may offer you better deals than any of those sites.
Play a Sport
Many different sports are good for retirement life. Golf is a common choice, but can often be expensive. You might also try your hand at bowling, tennis, biking, swimming, or others. No matter which sport you choose to try, they will all keep you busy and healthy. Playing a sport is also a great way to spend time with friends while making new ones as well.
Participating in volunteer work is one of the best ways to spend your time. There are all kinds of volunteering opportunities out there: from mentoring children to helping out a nonprofit, or even re-shelving books at the local library. Do a little research, and pay attention in your community. There are many different volunteer organizations that can help you find opportunities, but often the best way to find volunteer work is just by word-of-mouth in the community. And just as there are job search websites, similar sites exist to help you find volunteer work as well. Unlike a job, though, if you find you don’t like a certain organization, you don’t have to stay. You can divide your time between several organizations you’re passionate about, or bounce from place to place until you find one that really fits your interests.
Remodel Your House
If you have a little extra spending money, you might consider finally building your dream kitchen or taking on other remodel ventures you didn’t have time for in the past. Since you have the extra time, you might even want to work on the projects yourself, rather than hiring contractors. Now is the time to learn how to do all of the jobs you once paid a handyman or professional to do. You can learn how to replace the tile and grout in your bathroom and kitchen, or tear off all that old, outdated wallpaper in the guest bedroom and paint it your favorite color.
Write a Book
Speaking of an abundance of spare time, that’s what you’ll need if you decide to start writing. Writing a book is large project, but after retirement, you’ll have plenty of time. If you’ve never done any writing and don’t know where to start, you can find books that can help teach you. There are also classes, seminars and workshops available to help you learn the basics as well. You have a whole lifetime of knowledge, now you just need to find a way to put it down on paper.
Join a Fitness Group
There are many different fitness groups out there, and chances are you will be able to find one that works for you. Check out your local YMCA or any privately owned gym. Local senior centers will most likely offer several different groups as well. This is a great way to meet new people and make friends while also staying in shape.
Learn an Instrument
Take up guitar, harmonica, banjo, or tuba—whatever instrument strikes your fancy. All of your extra time will come in handy if you choose this venture, as learning to play an instrument well takes a long time. Just like anything else, if you put your mind to it and spend time practicing, you’ll sound great in no time!
If you’re on a strict budget while traveling during retirement, you might be interested in How to Travel Cheaply.