Hi, my name is David. I live on the NSW North Coast with my family of 6. I enjoy travelling, swimming and fishing and like to write in my spare time.
By David Anthony
Published on 22nd June, 2017
Getting to retirement is considered a milestone. It is also assumed that everything goes in to cruise control for retirees. This is not the case. Lifestyle choices change drastically at retirement, opening u a world of new travel possibilities.
To Travel or Stay at Home: Coastal Lifestyle Choices for 55+
Life after retirement can become annoying pretty soon. Your work might have been enough to keep you busy and active the whole day long, but now that you have ample free time on your hands, youíre out of ideas on how to spend it.
So, what do you do when your kids have left home, and you are retiring from work? For many people, searching for the answer to this question is like the quest for the Holy Grail; never ending.
Itís important to stay active and to find a healthy hobby to pass the time. However, itís easy to slack off when thereís no more 9 to 5 routine.
With the time not being an issue anymore, you would have to decide whether you should stay at home to relax after years of hard work, join a club, start a hobby with friends or take up travelling.
Just to help you out with your decision, here are some pros and cons of staying at home as well as travelling around the globe.
Travelling after Retirement
Pros Exposing yourself to different cultures and traditions will allow you to learn about the world first-hand. Given the often unhealthy nature of living alone in our latter years, travelling is a great way to stay in touch with the broader community.
Youíll finally have the opportunity to explore the spontaneous and adventurous side of your personality.
Most trips are quite affordable and many†are planned by organised groups like the Grey Nomads. Youíll have the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy your life to the fullest.
Cons Your health might not allow for the exposure.
You might become homesick really soon and might miss some family milestones.
Once you get addicted to the wanderlust, itíll be hard to give up the habit, and you might find your funds gradually dwindling away.
Staying at Home after Your Retirement
ProsYou can take up your old hobbies or find something that appeals to you. Learn a new language or skill. For many on the Central Coast, enjoying†the choices†of a Retirement Village lifestyle is an option.
You†may also get to spend time with your family and will finally have the opportunity to catch up with the things going on in their life.
Cons Without an activity to keep you busy, youíll soon get fed up of having free time. Staying at home might make you lazy as you start slacking on chores and housework.
Post-retirement activities are encouraged but not to the extent that you forget to enjoy the small things in life. Itís hard to give up work and suddenly have too much time on your hands.
Youíll want to keep yourself busy but make sure you donít take on more than you can handle. Itís the time to do all the things you wanted to do in the past but never had time for.
So sit back, relax a little and enjoy the time you have. Donít worry about the little things. Just make sure you find a balance between work and pleasure, and enjoy your retirement.