What Should I do in Retirement?

What Should I do in Retirement?

Most older adults embrace retirement in their mid to late sixties. The hustle and bustle of getting up everyday to go to work has ended. Some seniors find this adjustment to their daily routine difficult. After working for about 40 years, it can be hard to no longer have your days filled with work.

So you suddenly have all of this free time on your hands, and you’re not sure what to do with it. It’s important that in retirement, you still stay active. Of course now you have more time to relax now, but you also have all the time in the world to fill your days with things you are passionate about. If you’re having trouble thinking of things to do, here are some of the most popular things retirees do to fill their time:


When you were working full time, it may have been hard to find the time to dedicate to volunteering. Giving back to your community is a great way to spend your time, and can also be very fulfilling. There are endless places to volunteer, you just need to decide what you find important and/or fun. Many older adults volunteer to mentor children and young adults. This can be rewarding in that you can pass along everything you have learned in your life to someone who may not have a role model. If you are looking to volunteer at business/establishment, search within your community. Most business welcome volunteers- libraries, schools, hospitals, and small businesses may all offer volunteer opportunities. Check out actual volunteer organizations. There are tons of organizations that run thanks to volunteers. Reach out to these organizations and see what you can do.


Experts advise you pick up a hobby while still working. Whether you already have a hobby or not, retirement gives you plenty of time to focus on your hobby. Common hobbies amongst older adults include, quilting, bridge, scrapbooking, knitting, gardening, painting- the list goes on and on. If you’re not sure what hobby you should take up, visit your local community center. Chances are, they offer classes! This is also a great way to meet people in retirement with the same interests as you.


Traveling is a very common way to spend your retirement. A lot of seniors spend their working years putting away money to travel. Keep in mind that you don’t have to see the whole world. While many people save up to take big trips to see the world, others buy an RV to go on roadtrips for long periods of time. Whichever route you take, traveling is a fun and enriching experience that retirees enjoy. Changing up your environment and seeing places you’ve always wanted to, is exciting. If you want to plan a trip but don’t know where to start, search for travel agents to help you. Planning a trip can be daunting when you don’t know how to create an itinerary. Especially with the internet, you have access to endless help with planning a trip.

Find Another Job

Although it sounds counter-intuitive, many adults find work fulfilling. Many seniors find a career in something they’ve always wanted to do, or perhaps consulting in the field they used to work in. You can also be contracted, or work part-time. This option gives you the freedom to work, but not as rigorously as you used to. This option also arises, because sometimes the adjustment from having a regular income to a retiree’s income is hard. Your best chance to get another job in retirement is soon after you retire. This is because your skills and contacts will still be up to date. If you do however, want to fully retire for a bit before returning to work that is always an option as well.

As you explore your options for retirement, keep these common retiree activities in mind. Retirement is different for everyone, make sure you are enjoying this time you have earned.

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