25 Things To Do After You Retire

Try These Ideas To Make Your Second Act Interesting And Fun

Posted by The Senior Advocate on Sept. 1, 2019

After Decades in the workforce, retirees finally get full control over how they spend their time. Here are some great things you can do with your time and energy in retirement.

Live Life Your Way.

Make your retirement experience within your budget.

You got your pension, now for the rest. If you have a fixed income every month from retirement, make sure you make and stay on a budget to stay within your limits. If you spend your nest egg, be sure to check the appropriate level of withdrawal and tax rules that may apply.

1. Make a Plan

What do you do now? Your hard work has paid off! Wether you're relaxing in the pool or spending some time with your family. You have to figure out how you want to spend your time. Traveling the world? Remodeling your home? Let's talk about it.

2. Make A Budget

Let's make the most out of the money you've saved, and keep good track of the money you have coming in. Maybe you're getting social security checks or money from insurance. Throw it in an outline so you know how much money you have to play with.

3. Travel in the World

Now you don't need to worry about vacation deadlines, take a long vacation. Live abroad live in a foreign country for a short time. Take a long sail!

4. Buy a Motor Home

Buy a new or used motor home and take your bed and kitchen with you on the go. Make it a goal to visit every national park or every major league baseball stadium.

5. Remodel Your Home

Use your time to do home repairs. This can be something as simple as organizing items in your home or a large project such as adding additional space. You have time now, so learn to make changes yourself.

6. Move Away From The City

Are you bored with city traffic, noise and expenses? Move to the country. Because you don't need a job anymore, you can live where you want. Use your new space to start a garden or raise animals.

7. Move to The City

Do you want all the necessities of life within a few city blocks? Move to the city. Streamline your home and become an active member of the metropolis, where you will experience the best art and culture.

8. Start a Business

Now that your career is over, start the business that you always wanted. Consider using your career experience to start a consulting firm or take your existing part-time business and develop it into a full-time company.

9. Get a Part Time Job

Do you still want a place to visit every day? Find fun part-time jobs with the company you love. Having this job will not only generate a little extra income, but will also give you a place to socialize every day. If you still need insurance, maybe you can find a part-time job with benefits.

Use your hard-won wisdom and experience to teach others. Start a free course at your local library or community center. You can even teach at your local college or university.

10. Volunteer

Use your time in retirement to give back. Contact your local church or other charitable organization to find voluntary opportunities that match your skills. Don't forget to consider overseas opportunities too.

11. Enter Public Service

Serve your community by participating in the political process. Become a local representative or a member of the school board.

12. Spend time with friends

Get to know some other retirees in your area. Make a daily or weekly plan to just hang out. You could start a book club or an art club.

13. Visit the Family

Spend more time visiting family members, near and far. Explore the roots and find relatives you never knew.

14. Take Up Babysitting

Use your free time to help your family or local families who need childcare services. This can even be a way to get a little extra cash if needed.

15. Be a Mentor

Find young people to guide. Many young people will love the opportunity to learn from the experienced and successful. Take time in your week to change the lives of others.

16. Get An Education

Back to school? Complete your diploma or get a bachelor's degree. You can even attend classes just to have fun learning interesting subjects. Many colleges offer discounts for retirees over a certain age.

17. Read

Spend your days reading all the books you have never had. Aim to read all classic books or join a book club and add social elements to your passion.

16. Write A Book

Writing a book takes time. Now you have lots. Writing novels, cookbooks, or how to guides, or even your personal memoirs.

17. Start a Blog

Learn to blog and start sharing your retirement experience online. You could also start a blog sharing your knowledge from your past career or a hobby you have.

18. Learn a New Language

If you have plans for foreign travel in retirement, take the time to learn the language. It will serve you well on your extended vacations, and it will keep your mind sharp.

19. Learn To Make Music

Take lessons and learn to play the piano, guitar or your favorite instrument. You'll impress your family at the next get together with your new musical talent.

20. Start a New Hobby

Now is the time to expand on your interests. Take on a new hobby! You could explore hiking, painting, fishing, painting, or photography.

21. Start a New Sport

Stay active assuming the challenge of a new sports activity. You can try skiing or surfing. Get out there!

22. Join An Exercise Group or Sports Team

To stay committed to your new active lifestyle, join a team of other people who are also looking for success near your fitness goals. Work to be in the best shape of your life, it's never to late to take a new lease on a healthy lifestyle.

23. A New Furry Friend

Wether it’s a new pup, or something as big as a horse – having an animal to take hang with is always a good idea. You could meet some new friends at the dog park or take up in the horse races!

24. Downsize or Sell Your Home

Get rid of all your junk! Do you really need that much space? Have a garage sale, put your house on the market. You could use the money for an amazing trip around the world, or a posh new condo in a high-rise downtown!

25. Nothing!

You have EARNED it. Do whatever you want, and don't do whatever you don't want!

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