I’m Retired Finally, Now What?
Retirement. Simply the word is enough to send jolts up your spine and get you thinking about all the freedom and relaxation you’ll have once you progress on from your job. And for the initial moments, those two things are all that you need. Or for the moment, at least you think. But for some, finally hitting retirement is terribly baffling and even horrid.
Before you get to your initial day of retirement, think about planning ahead for what you’re going to do. You’ve been used to getting up early, having structure, and a plan for the day. Once this changes you could feel strange or lost.
During your first 6 months of retirement, you should create a list of things you want to try. Embrace this list since it can give you the needed structure that was lost once retirement started.
With your list in hand, sit down with a blank calendar and make a schedule of when you will try these new activities. Nothing is set in stone after all it is retirement. You are the creature and boss of your new phase in life. Embrace your new schedule and your list of new things to try.
Common activities for new retirees
One of the most common activities for the newly retired is traveling. This can be anything from expeditions around your house and traveling short distances to exploring new regions and countries. Before putting these new adventures in your calendar, make note of places you really want to see and places you don't care to visit. If the adventure you crave requires more money to visit, then plan it for the future when you can make time to budget for it but if it's somewhere inexpensive then put in your plans for whenever.
Some retirees are nervous or scared about traveling to areas they've never been. If you’re nervous, a good place to start is with an organized outing. There are many groups that have specialized outings for seniors. These organized groups can help seniors with everything from meeting new people and having a tour guide to sight seeing, getting transportation and booking flights.
You define how you travel
Traveling for seniors can mean many things. This can be an adventure out to a local museum or an attraction. You don’t have to spend a lot to have a fun time. Now that you are retired, you can take advantage of discounted tickets that are offered during the week when you had to work and dodge the weekend crowds. Whatever your new adventures include, seniors should always use precautions. Bring your identification and let your friends and family know where you are going. If you require medication, bring it along in the original container as well as extra doses in case your trip gets delayed. Lastly, pack a change of clothes and snacks along with a sweater in the case of unexpected weather changes.
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