Ten Things to Do When You Retire

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Posted on: 17 August 2016 by Ashley Mills

General information on people in later life in the UK.

With over 11.4 million people aged 65 or over in the UK alone, there has never been more talk of retirement in the media. As a society, we’re living longer, working harder, and becoming increasingly more daring in our twilight years, so it makes sense to start planning your future today. Whether you’re approaching retirement or you’re already enjoying your leisurely years, we have put together ten of the best things you can do to make the most out of later life.
 
Travel the world
 
In later life, jetting off on an around-the-world holiday can be one of the most exciting things you can do. With a whole catalogue of countries and cultures to explore, why not take the plunge and backpack your way through your retirement?
 
Spend time with family
 
If you have spent the majority of your life working, then enjoying more time with your family during your retirement can be a great way to catch up. Go for picnics, host parties and make the most out of your grandchildren – there’s no better way to relax!
 
Join a craft club
 
Handmade cards and accessories are great gifts and are fun to make, so why not join an arts and crafts club in your local community? Not only will you create items, but you’ll meet new people.
 
Set up your own bed and breakfast
 
Thanks to advancements in technology, it’s never been easier to set up and manage your own bed and breakfast. Tools such as Eviivo can be used to manage online bookings and take payments, so you can focus on looking after your customers and enjoying a guaranteed income.
 
Take a new hobby
 
If there’s a hobby you’ve always wanted to try and hadn’t had the time, now is your chance! From scuba diving to archery and horse riding to cooking, there’s something that you’ll be able to enjoy.
 
Focus on your health
 
If you’re about to leave a stressful office job, you’ll be forgiven for neglecting your health. When you retire and have more time, focus on your body and mind – attend a fitness class and learn how to cook using food that is both nutritious and delicious.
 
Volunteer
 
Give your time to those who need it and volunteer at a charity shop or neighbourhood group – you’ll make new friends and give back to the local community.
 
Downsize your property
 
If you’re spending your retirement alone or with a partner, the chances are that you won’t need as much space as you did when you had your whole family under one room. Use the opportunity to downsize - find a new home that you’ll enjoy and release assets you can use to enjoy yourself.
 
Complete a family tree
 
Working out your ancestry can be fascinating, and it’s something that can be passed down throughout the generations. Who knows, perhaps you’ll be related to royalty!?
 
Build a book collection
 
Reading is a pastime enjoyed by millions across the globe, and using your retirement as a chance to build your own book collection can be a great idea. Delve into the works of bestselling authors or look back at the books you read growing up... there’s nothing better!

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Peter Joseph posted 18 May 2020

Good post! I agree that reading is very cool way to spend time in any age. I recommend to choose some modern books! It depends on what genres do you like. For example I want to try The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, what can you say about this book? I found good offer on Amazon, price is attractive! Is it worth reading?

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