Share Your “Best of Retirement” Experiences – Cruises, Grandchildren Trips, Vacations, Bucket List ItemTravel
September 13, 2016 — Maybe the most fun thing about being retired is the chance to do all the things you have been postponing for so long. Now that your boss has to get along without you, the kids are out of the house (we hope!), and (maybe) you have to money to do something with all your free time, you have the green light for new experiences.
One of the suggestions we’ve heard is to give more emphasis to activities and experiences in retirement. To that end we would like to develop a “Best of” article for all kinds of categories, but we need your help to do it. Could you please pick of a couple of your “Best of” experiences in retirement and a quick description in the Comments section below. We promise to take what we get and try to arrange it in a readable fashion for a future article. Your item doesn’t have to be a luxury extravaganza, in fact simple and inexpensive ideas are even better! You can give your best idea in any category you want – from travel to volunteer activities to hobbies to part time job – whatever has been a “Best” for you.
To get you started, here are some examples from either our own or other peoples’ best of lists:
Galapogos – Many people claim the exploration of these islands west of Peru is one of the most exciting nature trips of all.
Costa Rica – This stable and friendly country in Central American has amazing eco-tourism opportunities.
The National Parks – Now that you are retired you can go in off season – even winter – and beat the crowds. Buy a $5 senior pass and you and everyone in your car go get in to any park – for the rest of your life! Camp or go in an RV and do it even on tight budget.
One grandkid at a time – Our friend takes each kids on a separate trip when they turn 12 or 13. They get to pick from a range. Talk about a chance to bond and create memories.
Share a hobby or activity – If you can figure out what your grandchildren like to do, there is no better way to share time together than to enjoying a mutual hobby (visiting baseball parks, fishing, etc.).
Feeding fish in an aquarium – with SCUBA equipment!
Tutoring or mentoring kids or new immigrants – Can be very satisfying
Bucket List Stuff
Parachuting – George H. W. Bush sure liked it
Hiking all the peaks – in your state or region
Learning a new skill – how to play a new sport or musical instrument
Knitting a sweater – or sewing a quilt for all your grandkids
Following Lewis and Clark’s footsteps – or some other historical pilgrimage
Down the Rhine, Danube, or Mississippi
The Adriatic Sea and Greece
Around New Zealand
Please add your Comments! OK, that’s it for some basic ideas. What have been your personal “Best ofs”? We are hoping to see lots of ideas for us all to share and savor!
For further reading
Best Baby Boomer Road Trips