Travel in Retirement – Go on day trips, cruises, foreign travel or visit each of the contiguous states.
Buy a Motor Home – Buy a new or used motor home and take your bed and kitchen with you on your travels. Make it a goal to visit each national park or every major league baseball stadium.
Become an Entrepreneur – The idea of being your own boss can be awfully appealing. Your business can be anything you’re good at or want to try. Open a shop or provide a service. It’s your ballgame.
Work as a Consultant – People with skills and knowledge to sell to individuals or companies can become consultants, a job with plenty of flexibility for free time.
Physical Activity – Where a woman might head out for a bracing hour of yoga or tai chi, her retired spouse is more likely to pursue a competitive activity with a little more at stake than just breaking a sweat. Sports like golf and bowling are popular for male retirees. Fishing is too.
Find Classes – Master a foreign language, grasp computer skills, learn new hobbies or additional ideas for current hobbies.
Learn New Hobbies in Retirement – Too numerous to mention all, but some choices are: drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, playing the piano or other musical instrument, singing, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, quilting, scrap-booking, photography, gardening, cooking, woodworking, genealogy, crafting.
Move to the Country – Are you tired of the traffic, noise and expense of the city? Move out to the country. Since you don’t need a job anymore, you can live where you want to. Use your new space to start a garden, orchard or raise animals.
Start a Business – Now that your career is over, start that business you’ve always wanted. Consider using your career experience to start a consulting firm or take your existing part-time business and expand it into a full-time enterprise.
Teach – Use your hard-earned wisdom and experience to teach others. Start a free course at your local library or community center. You could even possibly teach at a local community college or university.
Grow a Garden – Working outdoors when the weather is nice makes life worth living, at least for some people. And studies suggest that gardening is an activity that can add years to your life.
Write a Book – There’s no education requirement for writing a book, and you can write anything that you like. Life experiences might be great inspiration for a how-to book. If you’ve led a most interesting life, you might have plenty of fodder for a compelling memoir. And what about the next Great American Novel?
Learn to Play an Instrument – Even if you don’t think that you have a musical bone in your body, you might find an instrument that you really love to play. Piano is a common starting point, and so is guitar. Don’t forget that your voice is also an instrument. You could take banjo lessons and voice lessons, too.
Become a Tour Guide – People with outgoing personalities can become tour guides in certain cities. It’s not necessarily easy. In New York City, for instance, becoming a licensed guide means passing a background check as well as a rigorous test of arcane city knowledge. Although no one will become rich as a guide, some people can have a pretty good time and make money passing on their excitement about where they live.
Travel in a RV – Freewheeling seniors can take advantage of a loose schedule by touring the continent in an RV. Whether to buy or rent depends on whether this is going to become a lifestyle or just a one-time RV vacation. RVs run from little tow-behind caravans to huge mobile homes that sleep six. Is the expense worth it? Money magazine calculates that, at the very least, having a built-in kitchen and bed can save on meals and hotels during long-term travel.
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