You’ve done your time as part of the workforce. Now, for some well-deserved time to yourself. That’s right – you’re retiring! Now, what do you do?
Answer: whatever you want!
Being retired doesn’t mean you stop living your life. In fact, the real fun is just beginning! And, if you’re not quite ready to slow down, you’ll love this list of outgoing endeavors for those who just don’t do loungy life!
Remember student exchange programs? Well, same concept, but with houses! Home exchanges allow you to literally swap your place with another family for an agreed-upon amount of time. This unique vacationing concept can happen any time of year, all over the world. Simply join an exchange network, post your home, and start making offers. Here are a few sites to get you started:
Volunteer Opportunities For Outgoing Retirees
You can find plenty of volunteer opportunities within your community. But, if you’re looking for a program that can keep you busy here, there, and everywhere, then try Habitat For Humanity.
Habitat For Humanity builds and rehabilitates homes for low-income families and individuals. Volunteer options range from construction to office work to helping out at educational functions or fundraisers. And, if you want, there are even travel opportunities!
Doesn’t sound like you? Then check out these other organizations to volunteer for:
National Senior Games
The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to motivate “active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement.” Every two years, The Games are held in a different host city, where adults ages 50 and over compete in 20 different sports. It is the largest multi-sport event in the world for senior citizens. Think Olympics, but for retirees! If you’d like info on how to qualify for The Games, then start here!
Adventure Travel For Outgoing Retirees
Do you enjoy travel but would rather explore than sit on a beach? Have you always been a risk-taker, likely to venture outside of your comfort zone? Then adventure travel might be for you!
There are whole agencies solely dedicated to organizing trips to anywhere in the world that may offer the potential for tourism plus exploration. Destinations are often exotic, remote, or perhaps even hazardous. Safari in Zimbabwe? Sure! Always dreamt of visiting the Holy Lands in Isreal? You could do that too! Here are a few adventure travel agencies to get you started!
What better time to learn something new than when you have all the time in the world? Want to learn a new hobby? Are you interested in pop culture? Then take a class! Adult education programs exist across the country, many specifically tailored to senior interests (or outgoing retirees)! Try contacting your local community college or trade schools, or start with our adult education directory!
More Resources For Outgoing Retirees
Even the most outgoing retirees need help sometimes! If you’re in need of aging-in-place help or home care, then start here!
Are you planning for retirement? Then check out Bob Carlson’s Retirement Watch!