Wondering What to Do in Retirement? Here Are 7 Unusual Ideas
For years, you have been wondering what to do in retirement, once it finally arrives. Many people put off big life plans and dreams until after they’re finished working. Maybe you have been saying to yourself that you will take a certain trip or have a certain experience or pursue a certain venture after you retire.
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However, what if “finishing working” isn’t really on your agenda? After all, Boomers have been redefining the concept of retirement lately, and many are still in some kind of employment, whether it’s a full-time career or part-time job. So whether you are retired or just semi-retired, why not put those dreams into action? Why wait for “permission” to pursue your dreams until after you’ve stopped working?
Maybe it’s time to do those meaningful, adventurous, inspiring, memorable, indulgent, playful or simply outrageous things you’ve always wanted to do – whether you’re fully “retired” or not!
We have chosen activities in each of these categories to give you some wonderful ideas for what to do in retirement. We hope they inspire you to start living your life with verve and passion right now! Now is the time to start doing all those fun things you’ve always wanted to do in retirement, however you define it.
Meaningful: Lend a Hand as a Global Volunteer
Take a trip that’s so much more than a vacation when you choose one of many Volunteer Vacations. Trips range from one to three weeks, and you choose where you want to go and how you want to volunteer. This is a rewarding experience that you can do anywhere in the world, so let’s get out there a make a difference!
Productive: Start a Business Around One of Your Passions
Speaking from personal experience, I can say that starting a business is one of the best ways to get the most from retirement. This probably sounds a bit counterintuitive. After all, isn’t the whole point of “retiring” to stop working? Not necessarily!
Starting a business around one of your passions can help to keep you socially connected. It can also give you a sense of purpose. If you make a bit of extra money along the way – so much the better!
Inspiring: Visit the World’s Most Sacred Places
If you’ve always wanted to visit some of the earth’s most sacred, mysterious and wonderful spaces, Machu Picchu is a great place to start. Adios Adventure Travel offers trips to this sacred site that is an iconic location of the Inca civilization, and is willing to customize the trip to meet your needs.
Machu Picchu is located 2,430 meters (7,970 feet) above sea level, so in order to visit there, you’ll still need to have at least a minimum level of mobility and cardiovascular fitness at any age, but don’t think it’s out of the realm of your possibility. Machu Picchu is on their list of Adios Adventure Travel’s senior specialty tours!
Outrageous: Heal Among the Travertine Terraces of Pamukkale
Pamukkale, Turkey hot springs appear to be snow and ice covered hillsides at first sight. In reality, they are travertine terraces created from the calcium of the hot springs. In this mesmerizing and majestic location, the hot springs are believed to have profound healing properties. So, go to Pamukkale and enjoy not only the beauty, but the heart-healthy springs as well.
Indulgent: Give Yourself a Total Beauty Makeover
If you’ve ever seen “Makeover My Mom” or our series of makeovers for older women, you know what an amazing transformation the women go through from their usual look to their updated version. Join the fun with a total beauty makeover for yourself!
You can hire a stylist to guide you through the process, or there are plenty of online tips for hair, makeup, and clothing to put together your own total beauty makeover. Really make it fun by taking before and after pictures, or by inviting friends and family over to celebrate your big reveal!
Playful: Explore the Drama and Mystery of Tango
If you’re mesmerized by Dancing with the Stars, then Tango dancing could be your new favorite hobby. Tango originates in Argentina and is one of the most dramatic and sensual of all dances, relying on a set of basic steps. Take private lessons to get the attention required to learn the basics. There are also plenty of free or low-cost clubs where you can develop with a partner.
Adventurous: Take a Helicopter Ride for an Epic Adventure
Have you ever wondered how to see the world in an entirely new way? Why not take a helicopter tour of any beautiful location on Earth from the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. No matter where you live, there is sure to be an adventure company offering helicopter rides within driving distance of you. This adventure will have you flying high well after you’ve landed!
Memorable: Swim Through an Underwater Art Gallery
We have all gone to a museum at one time or another, but how would you like to have a museum experience while scuba diving 27 meters underwater? Austrian artist Andreas Franke combines photography and underwater shipwrecks to create a life-changing experience, and give people a chance to immerse themselves (literally) in the world of art in a totally new and refreshing way.
Swim around the art exhibit while mingling with the sea life down under. This is a one of a kind experience, so dive in! Check out Andreas Franke’s website for more details about the latest exhibitions and locations for his unique underwater art experiences.
There are plenty of fun things to do in retirement, so why not live large, dream big and just go for it now!
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