As we celebrate the arrival of the new year, it’s a great time to look forward and set goals for what you hope to do and achieve in 2020. An important step in effective planning is to reflect on the year that has just been, to gain perspective and guidance on what you’d like to replicate, improve on, or do differently this time round.
So in the spirit of this, we thought we’d reflect on our most popular articles for 2019. Whether you’re hoping to travel, start a new hobby or even move to a new home, check out this recap of our top articles of the past year for some ideas and inspiration.
1. 3 Beautiful Gippsland Towns to Visit in Retirement
While it’s exciting to travel to exotic places, you don’t always have to go far to find a hidden gem. In this article we shared 3 beautiful Gippsland towns to visit in retirement, each charming and unique in their own way. Maffra, Metung and Walhalla are all perfect destinations for a Sunday drive or a relaxing weekend away.
So whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway in historic surrounds, stunning water views and a relaxed coastal vibe or the feeling that you’ve just stepped back in time into a picturesque village in breathtaking surrounds, these Gippsland towns are must-see destinations for retirees.
2. May 2019 Available Homes Round-Up
If you’re considering downsizing, finding the right village and home is key. At Lifestyle Villages Traralgon, you have the option of buying an existing home, or building your own brand-new home to suit. In the May 2019 Available Homes Round-Up article you can see the floor plans, interiors and features of the existing homes that are available for purchase (at the time of writing).
Each of these three homes have been lovingly maintained and designed for stress-free retirement living. With prices starting from as low as $165,000, you may just want to pencil in a day to come down to the village and take a look for yourself.
3. 5 Hobbies for Retirement That are Good for the Body and Mind
Having the extra time available to pursue your interests is arguably the best thing about retirement. But what if you long-ago shelved your hobbies because of a lack of available time and energy during your working life?
Finding a new hobby can be exciting, but also a little overwhelming. With so many options, where do you start? The best hobbies are those that are fun, but that also provide some additional health benefits. So to help you find the right fit for you, in this article we shared 5 hobbies for retirement that are good for your body and mind.
4. Lifestyle and Retirement Village Fees Explained
If you’re considering downsizing to a lifestyle or retirement village, one of the burning questions to answer is whether it is financially viable. But often, this is where it gets confusing, as there is a huge variation in the amount, type and timing of the fees you’ll pay to enter a village.
So to help you make sense of it and compare the difference in what you’ll pay from village to village, check out our lifestyle and retirement village fees explained article. But remember, always seek expert legal advice before making your decision, as some contract and fee structures are complex.
5. 3 Ways You Can Make Extra Money in Retirement in Your Spare Time
A common stress-points for retirees is not having enough money to fund the type of retirement you want. Whether you fell short of your savings target, have experienced an unexpected event that has put you under financial strain, or you would like to have extra cash available to splurge on something on your bucket list, it is possible to earn extra money in retirement if you know how.
So to give you some ideas and help you get started, in this article we shared 3 ways you can make extra money in retirement in your spare time.
Before you plan, reflect… then dream big!
The start of a new year is the perfect time to put some plans in place to be sure the next 12 months are full of happiness and adventure. Reflect on where you’ve been and identify where you’d like to be. And whether your dream is to explore new places, discover your passion or find a new home, research what you need to do and go for it!
Over to You
If you have a question about our village, any of our articles or have a topic in mind you’d like to see covered on the blog this year, we’d love to hear from you! Simply get in touch with our managers on 03 5174 2384 or post a comment below.