50 Fulfilling, Productive Things to Do in Retirement
Some choose retirement, and some have retirement thrust upon them. When it comes to figuring what to do with the decades of free time facing modern retirees, retirement coach Steve Lesser of Delta Advisors suggests taking inventory of what you find most important, whether it be leisure, socializing, contributing to a community or cause, or pursuing hobbies. Work also may be the most important thing, either for the income or for the sense of identity. More than half of people over 60 say they will work after retirement, according to a 2015 CareerBuilder survey. Here are 50 ideas for retirees deciding what to do with their days.
Freewheeling seniors can take advantage of a loose schedule by touring the continent in an RV. Whether to buy or rent depends on whether this is going to become a lifestyle or just a one-time RV vacation. RVs run from little tow-behind caravans to huge mobile homes that sleep six. Is the expense worth it? Money magazine calculates that, at the very least, having a built-in kitchen and bed can save on meals and hotels during long-term travel.
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The National Park Service offers people 62 and older a $10 lifetime pass to all national parks, recreation sites, and historic homes run by the agency. It applies to everyone in the vehicle at parks where admission is charged per vehicle and up to three other adults where admission is charged per person. The pass also confers discounts on individual campsites, some guided tours, and other fees.
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Seniors can get discounts on trains in most European countries. The European Rail Guide helps make clear which passes are available to U.S. tourists for each travel destination. RailEurope offers discounts to seniors over 60 mainly for first-class travel. Interrail offers a 10 percent discount to seniors traveling in first or second class.
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