This is a guest post from a blogger in Australia.
Being able to retire is a milestone in life that you should put every effort into enjoying. Not having to set an alarm clock and roll out of bed to go to work is sometimes hard to get used to. You might as well keep that alarm set and use the time to go and enjoy some of the more fun things. Being on a fixed income shouldn’t keep you from being active and enjoying life. There are numerous activities one can do that are either low cost or free. Below is a list of things you can do to make your pension years more fulfilling and enjoyable.
There are a lot of places that you’ve probably always wanted to see, but never had the time. You can visit the Everglades, the sunny Gold Coast or even take a camel ride in Broome. It’s time to get out there and look for a new adventure. If you really want to do something outrageous, take a cruise around the world. You will visit amazing places, meet amazing people, and have a lifetime of memories.
There are a lot of organisations that can use your help during your pension years. You can help tutor adults in reading and writing, assist in rehabilitation and assisted living centers or become a teaching assistant. Your experience is worth its weight in gold.
Golfing and Fishing
Getting outdoors and enjoying the good weather might be something you haven’t had a lot of time to do until now. You no longer have to worry about reserving a tee time on your specific days off. The avid golfer can enjoy the sport with more frequency and you can choose from some award winning courses throughout the country. You can take a luxurious fishing excursion or simply grab a pole; some tackle and hit the river front.
Start a Craft Hobby
Try your hand at oil painting. It might end up being a talent you never knew you had. Perhaps you can start making furniture and outdoor items with natural woods. Hobby crafts can earn some excellent side income and is a great way to make the pension days more creative and enjoyable.
Join a Vintage Car Club
Collecting cars has been a popular activity since the invention of the automobile. Vintage car clubs have popped up in nearly all locations. You can join whether you own one or not. All it takes is a love of the automobiles of yesteryear. They hold a lot of rallies and events that are a fun way to spend time with people of shared interests.
There are a lot of great causes out there that need help with fundraising activities regularly. You can help with events to raise money for breast cancer research, birth defect preventions, and diabetes treatments. It’s a nice way to meet some wonderful people and help raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause.
There are many nature and preservation centers throughout Australia that work hard to preserve all that the country has to offer when it comes to wildlife. Show your support by visiting and sponsoring them during your pension years. You’ll have a lot of fun and learn some things too.
Having a lot of time off means that you’ll have time to devote to the garden you’ve always wanted to have. Try raising some rare flowers and fauna that require more attention than you’ve been able to give previously. You might even try your hand at growing your own vegetables, which will help you to save money. Start today, you might amaze yourself.
Entering your pension years means that you should devote more time to getting and staying healthy. Join a gym or fitness center and get regular exercise. Eat a healthy diet and you’ll find that you have more energy and drive to enjoy the years ahead.
All of the preparation that you have made leading up to this moment is so that you can enjoy retirement. Pension is income, but it’s also peace of mind. Use it wisely, and take control of the rest of your life. You’ve worked hard and now it’s time to enjoy the rewards.