Illness forced me to stop working just on 7 years ago next month!! I had always felt I'd work forever!!
I am so content though,spending time with my beloved dogs,my garden,and my wonderful collections of art glass and antique children's illustrated books! Through all of these pleasures I have met truly delightful people. I have also learned how to use the computer and via Ebay,and similar sites,I have 'met' and made very close friend of several like-minded people,all of them animal lovers like me!! I feel extremely fortunate and Blessed....
Not worrie about money you say?
I would go overseas, and feed the hungry.
I have wanted to do that for 40 something years.
No money to do it, you just can't rocket up....that's what my friends tell me who have done it, you need real funds just to look after your own accommodation and the rest.
But that is really what I would do say 3-5 months of the year.
Well I had to stop working due to ill health over 10 years ago..... which is horrid as I'm not well enough to enjoy not working and I miss the mental stimulation I got from work.
If I was healthy, then I would start working again like a shot. I'm not ready for retirement of any kind!
Given that my 80yo dad was just commenting that he had recently been surrounded by "a bunch of old men" whilst on a hospital ward, I doubt I will ever feel old enough to be retired :)
I am semi retired working part time from home as a celebrant, have done quite a few things since retiring from full time position in the Govt...Book Club, volunteering at H Majesty's Theatre, painting, playing the piano, lunching out regularly, babysitting..is all I can think of now but sure a couple of others..oh swimming regularly for awhile but not now.
Crikey - where do I start?? Well the first thing I would do is spend more time with my wife and daughter, although I dare say by the time I can afford to retire that'll change to wife and grandkids :-(. Second? - spend more time in my shed on all those projects I've always wanted to do :-) Travel? yeah, maybe a bit of that too, but I'm just as happy at home with my family and my shed.
I would spend a lot of time volunteering in some way to people in homes for the elderly.
I figure everyone else is taken care of in a great way - like sick children, sick adults etc. and that the elderly are most often ignored. So yes, that's what I would do. Most of them just want someone to talk to (someone who doesn't talk down to them or doesn't take out their frustrations on them). I think they ask for very little from others so yes, I would simply spoil them.
I am retired . Did a lot of Volunteering to promote Live music , blogs Photos, etc. Swam with Dolphins on my 65th. Birthday .. also did Ariel Photography from a Chopper . Backpacked around Scotland & Ireland and parts of Europe for my 70th. birthday staying mostly in Hostels . Cheap and lots of fun . Now researching a trip back to the USA. New York is looking good . Maybe I will use Homestay this time . www.homestay.com many are as cheap as Hostels . I always check for stairs and distance to public transport .
Thanks for the NYC tips Patha. I saw my husband looking up hotels in NYC a couple of nights ago, but he hasn't said anything about us going there again since then, but he may think about it more if I suggest NYC homestays! I used homestays while backpacking around Bali with our 2 teenage daughters in Jan '95, (then only $A3 a night each, with breakfast, & then again in August '17, but just with my husband. We haven't done Scotland or Ireland. I'm glad you also love travelling.
I retired 1 month before our 1st daughter was born, 42 years ago. We started cruising in 2003, the month my husband was offered a very good redundancy payout, so he took that, & we’ve cruised just about every year since. I did do Volunteering for 22 years & 2 months. We do fly down to Melbourne 4 or 5 times a year, to visit a daughter & 2 granddaughters. If we didn’t have to worry about money, I’d love an apartment in Melbourne & Paris!