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You’ve spent years working, putting a few bob aside, taking care of your life and family, and now retirement is approaching!
If retirement planning has been an active part of your life, you’ll have the pieces of the puzzle in place for a satisfying and fulfilling retirement. However, if you’ve left retirement planning a bit late, don’t fret as there’s still time to plan what you’re going to do! We’ve put together a list of tips to help you have that active retirement you’ve always wanted.
1. Write a bucket list
What are all the things you’ve wanted to do but never got round to? A holiday, a purchase, an activity? Maybe you want to cut loose and try a sky-dive or something crazy. Either way, your options after retirement are wide open. Why not make a bucket list and write down everything you’d like to achieve over the next few years, budget and health permitting.
2. Get a job
There’s plenty of irony here: spend your life working so you can retire...only to start working again. It may be budgetary: maybe you don’t have enough pension credits or maybe you’d like to have some more income. Maybe you just like working and you see retiring as an opportunity to start a new, career. ‘Encore’ careers can be fulfilling, so if you’re an active person, a new job might be right up your alley.
3. Follow your passions
There is a theory that everyone has a book in them, and while we’re not sure how true that is, retirement is the perfect time to chase that passion! Paint, sculpt, go hiking, play golf, sing, take up a new field of study, or go ballroom dancing. Whatever it is you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time to pursue, retirement is the perfect opportunity to take it up!
Maybe you’re worried that your day will feel a bit empty but you don’t want to keep up the daily grind. If that sounds like you then volunteering can be a rewarding experience. Mentor children, teach a language or skill, assist in a hospital or a charity shop...your options are endless. Is there an organisation or charity close to your heart? Why not contact them and let them know you’d like to help out. Non-profit organisations are nearly always looking for volunteers and they’d no doubt value the extra set of hands.
Travel is an aspiration shared by most of us! Once you’ve retired, you’ll hopefully have plenty of time so you’ll be a plane trip away from pretty much anywhere. You don’t have to limit yourself to one big trip either and blow all your funds on a holiday of a lifetime. If you’ve been hit with wanderlust, you can save and plan for several trips a year. See the Northern Lights in Scandinavia, visit the cathedrals of Eastern Europe, blow more cash than you should in Las Vegas, rent a camper and drive Route 66, go on safari in Africa or go scuba diving in the Maldives. The world isn’t nearly as big as it used to be, with airlines travelling pretty much everywhere!
Retirement is something you earn. You don’t have to do anything at all if you don’t want to!
7. Spend time with your family
An obvious one of course, but family are a great way to fill your days. Explore your roots and genealogy, and discover relatives and your history. Maybe meet family members in person or visit family you’ve never met or haven’t seen for a long time. Retirement is the perfect time for making connections or reconnecting.
8. Join a retirement group
Retirement obviously means you’ll have a lot of extra hours to fill. Without the office or team-mates around you, you might start to feel a bit lonely. Active Retirement Ireland hosts groups in every county in Ireland.
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