If you’re approaching retirement or have recently retired, planning for this next stage of your life is a big focus. From sorting your finances to deciding where you’ll live, there’s lots to organise.
One of the biggest considerations is deciding how you’ll spend your days once you’ve finished work. The idea of endless amounts of free time sounds brilliant after so many years of toiling away, but the truth is, if you don’t have some ideas about how you’ll fill your days, boredom can start to set in surprisingly fast.
There are so many fun activities, hobbies and adventures for seniors these days – so there’s bound to be something that appeals to your unique taste. In this article we’ve handpicked 3 of our favourite ways to spend your time in retirement. So, grab a cuppa and a pen and paper, and start your list now!
Whether you’ve been saving your pennies to take the trip of a lifetime overseas, or you’d like to explore places closer to home, there are some wonderful ways you can travel in retirement. Will you take one big trip a year? Or take shorter breaks more frequently?
If you’re lucky enough to own a caravan, you have the freedom to set off on an adventure almost anytime. If travelling is something that appeals, work out your budget so you can be realistic in your planning. Do some research online or pop into a travel agent to pick up some brochures. Find your destination, decide on your mode of transport and make it happen!
2. Get Active
Even if you’ve never been fit or sporty in your life, including at least one activity that gets you moving in retirement is smart. The key is to find something you actually enjoy doing, or otherwise you’ll likely lose motivation pretty fast.
There are plenty of sports and fitness activities aimed specifically at seniors, so no matter where your current physical state is at, it’s never too late to start. Popular options include lawn bowls, golf, swimming, walking or yoga, but there are also many lesser-known choices you may not have considered including hiking, tai chi, dancing or even surfing. If team sports are more your thing, there are seniors tennis and veteran cricket comps happening all around Australia.
3. Enjoy a Hobby
If you’ve always wanted to start a hobby or have been waiting for the day when you could devote more time to an existing one, retirement is the ideal time to do it.
If you’re the creative type, painting, drawing, pottery, sewing, knitting, scrapbooking or writing are all great choices. For those who enjoy collecting, it doesn’t have to be coins and stamps – there are plenty of other collectables including books, toys and memorabilia. Whatever your interests, there’s bound to be a hobby to match – from fishing and gardening, to photography and video gaming. If you don’t already have a favourite, be bold and give something new a try.
Final Word on Activities for Seniors
Retirement is an exciting stage of life, and there are so many ways you can make it fun and enjoyable. Don’t sit back and wait for something to happen – find an activity that perks your interest and give it a go. You’ve got nothing to lose, and it might just be the best thing you’ll ever do.
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