72 Things To Do In Retirement

After years of hard work, it’s important to make time for yourself and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Keeping things new and interesting while in retirement can be difficult. Routines can become boring! Get creative and spice things up a bit! Our previous post about creative and fun things a retired couple can do was so popular, we decided to come up with even more retirement ideas!

From the words of Maya Angelou:

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Sometimes it’s just a walk in the woods or a jog around the neighbourhood. You could spend an afternoon at home with a good book or a short road trip to get away from everything. You don’t need to plan something new each and every day either; you could plan one big trip or event each year to look forward to. For example, one year you could go camping, another year take a trip boating or you could plan one year to rent an RV and drive down the coast.

Begin by thinking about the kind of life you want to have in your retirement. Think about the activities, people, places, passions, and things that you would like to be doing. The most effective way to do this is to start by writing down the list of things that you’re passionate about and things that you’d like to do in your life.

To help you with your planning, we’ve compiled a list of 72 things to do in retirement:

  • Spend time with grandchildren
  • Travel the world
  • Start a new business
  • Travel the country
  • Learn a new language
  • Help a friend
  • Take a class
  • Watch more movies
  • Write a book
  • Write a poem
  • Make a donation
  • Spend time with a pet
  • Go to the gym
  • Start a blog
  • Read more books
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Go to a concert
  • Get a massage
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset
  • Have a picnic
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Go to a museum
  • Go fishing
  • Play poker
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Go camping
  • Visit a winery
  • Go to a farmers market
  • Go on a vacation
  • Go to the zoo
  • Listen to music
  • Play golf
  • Play video games
  • Get a part-time job
  • Go to the beach
  • Go to the movies
  • Go on a road trip
  • Take a nap
  • Make a new friend
  • Play tennis
  • Go to a carnival
  • Play a board game
  • Play cards
  • Go to a comedy show
  • Go on a cruise
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Take a photography class
  • Learn something new online
  • Workout more often
  • Make friends with your neighbours
  • Take up a new hobby or craft project
  • Have coffee with an old friend you haven’t seen in years
  • Take a cooking class
  • Buy an RV and travel around the country
  • Take a dance class or go salsa dancing
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  • Take an improv class
  • Go to the park and feed the ducks
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Join a choir
  • Learn to knit or crochet
  • Start a band
  • Go to the aquarium
  • Host a book club meeting at your house
  • Write letters to old friends you haven’t seen in years
  • Write a letter to your future self
  • Get involved in local politics
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Give back to your community through volunteering
  • Learn how to scuba dive
  • Watch a documentary about something you’re interested in
  • Have dinner with your family more often

Planning your retirement? The team at Pension Solutions Canada specializes in helping individuals prepare for retirement and protect their assets. We’ll also help you with estate planning, address tax minimization, and answer all of your retirement questions.

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