Sure you still have a lot on your bucket list to accomplish and aging perhaps is getting to be a factor. But of course, it shouldn’t stop you from achieving your goals. Retirement is at such an age that it actually opens up your schedule to a lot of free time.

Exiting the service or workforce will give you lull times. And these can be best translated to freedom to explore new things, perhaps even things you have always wanted to experience. You have spent a lifetime setting the alarm clock, getting out of bed, and going to work, now time is yours to do with as you please.

There are all kinds of opportunities and possibilities when you retire. Moreso, if you planned well for your retirement. We recommend to you these six awesome things to do when you retire. And the last one is essential that you should take seriously.

1. Travel

Every single one of us has a dream destination that we want to visit at least once in our lifetime. Now that you are retired, you really don’t have an excuse not to take that trip.

If you have already paid a visit to your dream location, you can always just pick a random place and go there. Or think of things you want to do and match a place where you could do that. You see, traveling gives you the opportunity to explore different places, meet new people, and immerse yourself in different cultures. You are left feeling enlightened and enriched, it can be very satisfying.

If money is a concern and a far-off trip isn’t affordable, don’t get yourself halted. Still, travel to where your resources could take you. You sure have enough fill to travel leisurely. It may not be an overseas trip, but close to your home trips can be an option. Remember, when we talk about travel, it is exploring places both near and far.

2. Try a Hobby

You may have had an interest in a hobby for quite a long time, but never pursued it because you didn’t have the time. We get it, working a full-time job takes up a big chunk of your week and your weekend is set for rest or family time. But now that you are retired, there is no reason for your hobby to remain neglected. Give it a try!

Doing what you love most provides a joy that is both unmatched and unparalleled. If you have always wanted to build a ship in a bottle, go for it. Perhaps you want to brew your own beer, that would be fun, whatever you want to do to make you happy. Follow your heart and stay true to what you love. Who knows it could be the start of something very promising.

3. Write a Book

There is a novel stuck in your head. We know this because everybody has an idea for a novel stuck in their head just waiting to get out. Everybody has a story to tell and you may want yours in writing. Or if you’re a bibliophile, sure book writing is a way for you to be productive.

Well, when you retire, you have all the time in the world to sit on your laptop and type that baby up. Do it as time and ideas will allow. Gradually or slowly, you will end up compiling your writing and that would be the birth of your first publication.

4. Play a Sport

Sports aren’t just for the young and strong, anybody can swing a golf club or ski down a mountain. In addition, there are plenty of sports activities out there that are specifically tailored to the older generation. Now, you don’t have to run a marathon or play center for a recreational hockey team, but at least take up hiking or get to the local pool to swim around for a bit.

If you don’t call it a sport, then you may want to refer to it as an exercise. You should maintain your health and fitness and staying active is a good way for you to maintain it. Walk, jog, run, or go to a nearby gym and do light workouts, home aerobics or YouTube Zumba instructional. Do it to keep yourself in shape as you age.

5. Rear a Pet

It’s a great responsibility to own a pet. But you have raised children and managed to do a pretty good job, so we imagine you can handle having a cat or dog.

Pets are sure to be a great company, too, especially when your children are now adults living their own lives. Or if you’re retiring alone, nourishing an owner-pet relationship is a good outlet.

According to research, owning a pet can lower your blood pressure and can help you live longer. Besides, a pet can be a great companion and will keep you busy with feedings and walks. You can even take your pet with you on those trips you are planning to take.

6. Most Importantly… INVEST

While you can use your retirement benefits and proceeds to enjoy your retired life, it wouldn’t hurt to save some and invest a chunk. You still have to make money work for you and you can only do it by investing.

What you receive already might be substantial to lead a good life, but you want to make yourself more productive and by investing you can keep yourself busy. More importantly, you may want to grow your wealth to benefit the people you love today and in the future.

And as you age, you get wiser. The adage ‘invest wisely’ could really be a good fit for you. Guidance from an investment consultant could be a good start as you determine your plans.

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Daisy Raouph, CLU, CHS, specializes in mortgage financing solutions and financial services. A Mortgage Broker and Financial Security Advisor with over 30 years of experience in financial services. Contact us today to review your investment and life insurance options. We can help!