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The first days and weeks of your retirement are like a frenzy of activity. At first you start getting all those odd jobs done around the house, try new recipes, take up a new sport or hobby, and make plans for holidays. You finally feel the burden of going to work every day lifted and the days stretch ahead of you filled with exciting possibilities. Making the most of your retirement in the last quarter of your life can be either a big challenge or something you just slip into with ease. It depends on your mindset.
Retirement can be the best time of your life, but it can also lead to despondency, boredom and financial stress for some people. It takes a lot of planning, good management and a positive attitude to enjoy these golden years.
The key for enjoying a happy retirement is in the planning. Once you have your objectives and bucket list sorted, then you can start to plan around these. For example, if you want to set off on that holiday of a lifetime, then start making travel arrangements. This could be purchasing a caravan or motorhome and heading off on an around Australia trip. Or it could be visiting exotic locations all around the globe on a world residential cruise.
Here are my tips for planning for a happy retirement:
There really is no reason why you can’t enjoy your retirement as much, or even more, than the former working phase of your life. A new found freedom of not having to go to work suggests all kinds of possibilities!
Here’s some inspiration on ways to enjoy your retirement to the full:
Consider enjoying your retirement aboard a residential cruise travelling around the world visiting exotic locations. This type of lifestyle not only ticks items off your bucket list, by visiting over 115 countries worldwide, but it also involves living a life of luxury aboard a well appointed cruise ship.
Imagine living at sea aboard a cruise ship in the stateroom of your choice, without having to worry about a thing. Most of your meals, beverages, onboard activities and entertainment, housekeeping, fitness classes, Wi-Fi, TV, and even medical consultations, are included.
Life aboard a luxury residential cruise is similar to a normal ocean cruise holiday. The main difference is that residents get to spend extensive time exploring destinations. At each port, you will get three to five days to roam before returning to the ship.
Otherwise, you can dine at a variety of fine restaurants, enjoy a beverage in the bars, go to live shows and entertainment, see a movie in the cinema, undertake classes, play at the casino, and access free internet. What a great lifestyle for retirees!
For further information take a look at this Victoria Cruises Line flipbook.
Making the most of your retirement is as simple as exploring all of your options and ensuring that you live your life to the fullest for your remaining years. I know I’m going to!
For further reading see my article Travel in Retirement.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.