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Retirement is full of great new opportunities

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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If you're getting ready to retire or have already said farewell to work, you might be wondering what you can do with all your new-found free time.

Sometimes people feel a bit overwhelmed once they retire; after all, if you've stuck to a schedule every day for years, suddenly having total freedom can be a bit much. Others can feel a bit negative, as though they've been put out to pasture after working hard for so long.

However, you should look at your retirement as a new opportunity. After a lot of hard work, you're now in the position to do all those things you never had a chance to do. This means it’s time to create your ultimate retirement bucket list and start ticking things off.

Here are just some of the things you can enjoy during your retirement years:

Jump on a plane

Is there somewhere you've always wanted to go? Hop on a plane and head off! You can now make the most of all your free time and visit all those places you've admired from afar.

Whether you just want to relax in sunny climes, see historical sites or try all the food that other countries have to offer, now is the perfect time.

Travel has become so much cheaper now and you're able to book a trip and leave the next day with minimal fuss through sites like Lastminute.com. This means you don't have to make any grand plans and can simply go when you want to.

Ultimate road trip

If you don't really want to fly off to another country, why not spend your time seeing the sights on home soil. The UK has so much to offer to those who already live here, so why not make the most of staying in the country?

You can go for short or long breaks by booking a coach trip, which is an easy way to travel. All you’ve got to do is be at a certain place at a certain time and hop on a coach. The hotels are usually included in the coach journey and you’ll get the chance to enjoy a range of different activities.

As well as this, you'll also get to meet a lot of people, many of whom are likely to become good friends during and after your trip.

If planned coach trips aren't for you, why not purchase or rent a caravan and drive around the UK yourself? You'll get the chance to visit places that may be more off the usual tourist track, helping you to get the full experience and see everything on offer in the UK.

Learn something new

Just because you aren't working anymore, it doesn't mean you can't keep your mind active. Retirement is the perfect time to pick up a hobby or start a course in an area you have always been interested in.

Whether you want to do a short course or spend your time getting a full degree, there are plenty of educational opportunities on offer that will allow you to build on existing skills or a general interest.

Not only will you get a chance to keep learning, it can also introduce you to entirely new situations as well as new people. You never know, once you've done one course, you may want to do another!

Look after the grandkids

What better way to spend your new-found free time than looking after your grandchildren? You’re now free to help out your children by looking after theirs.

Not only will this help them out with the cost of childcare, it also allows you to help them learn and to see them experience new things. No matter what age your grandchildren are, they're sure to love spending time with grandma and granddad.

You'll be able to treat them to days out, or teach them about things you love, helping to pass on your knowledge while having lots of fun. They'll never forget this quality time and it could help them later on in life, so it really is a rewarding way to spend your retirement.

Get volunteering

Of course, if you want to regain a bit of structure and interact with more people, you could do this by volunteering for a charity organisation.

Charities are always crying out for more volunteers, from shop workers to hospital visitors. There are a huge number of ways you can lend a hand.

This will provide an interesting activity for you while also being incredibly rewarding. You'll meet loads of people, both other volunteers and members of your community, which will likely introduce you to people who will be friends for years.

Whatever's on your bucket list, don't let it be just a bit of paper. Get going and experience everything you've always wanted to.

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