Although the average retirement age has been steadily rising in recent decades, most people can still expect a non-working life phase as they reach their golden years. However long this phase ends up being, if you’ve been working for the majority of your life it can be a disconcerting adjustment. What will you do with all that newfound time on your hands?
Here are 3 ways to enjoy retirement, in case you need some inspiration:
Never had enough vacation time to travel the globe? Now you have all the time in the world! You can read up on exotic destinations and select an adventure that suits your fancy, or simply hop in an RV and spontaneously head out of town. Modern GPS capabilities can make your trip highly efficient and save you the trouble of getting lost. Then again, there’s something nostalgic about plotting a route on a fold-out map and debating whether or not you should stop and ask for directions, isn’t there? You can visit friends and family in different cities and save money on hotels. Or, invest in a motor home! Modern RV renovations will make you feel like you hardly left your home behind when you hit the road.
Few things can be as rewarding as volunteering regularly in your community. Whatever your particular skill set and passions, there is undoubtedly a volunteer opportunity that will be a good fit for you. If you’re still interested in continuing with the line of work from your career, you can likely find a way to use those skills when you volunteer. If you are a computer programmer, for example, many nonprofit organizations would love to have professional assistance in that area. Or, you might be able to teach classes at a local community center. If the last few decades gave you your fill of your career field, pick something completely different! From planting trees to planning activities with under-privileged children to serving meals at a local homeless shelter, you’re sure to find something you can be passionate about.
Get a new hobby.
If bingo and shuffleboard are calling out your name, don’t think twice about the stereotypes — jump right in and play! But if you’re up for something a bit more adventurous, don’t let any age-related stigmas stop you. If your body feels as young as your heart, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be out rock-climbing or running with the best of them. Whatever you’ve always been dying to try, there’s never been a better time to fully immerse yourself in a new hobby. A bonus to pursuing a new activity is the people you will meet — clubs and community groups exist for any and all passions, and you’re bound to find yourself in the midst of an entirely new group of close friends.
Katie Hawkes is a freelance blogger for RV Renovators, a full-service AZ mobile shop specializing in RV repairs in Phoenix, Arizona.