Twenty things to do now you are retired

Twenty things to do now you are retired

Posted by Justin Allitt in Retirement, May 17, 2018

Now that you’re retired, you may thinking about investing in your leisure time. Or you may be thinking about adventure. Just because you’re no longer working doesn’t mean that you have to give up on all the wonderful things that make life interesting. In fact, many retired people will tell you that retirement is the best age to start doing all the things you always wanted to but never had the time for.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with 20 of our favourite things that everyone who has retired should consider doing when you are retired.

Book a cruise

A cruise is the ultimate in luxury holidays. You get to explore loads of different places and come back to the same ship every night to relax and be waited on. From chic suites with balconies to fancy black-tie dinners cruises really are the height of sophistication.

Explore Britain

We live in a truly wonderful country and it’s a sad fact that most of us don’t appreciate the beauty of Britain. Now that you’re retired you can take the time to visit all the places you always wanted to go to. Visit historical sites, postcard seaside towns and quaint countryside villages.

Tour London

While we’re on the subject, everyone should visit London at least once in their life. You may have spent a lot of time here or even lived here but we’re willing to bet you never experienced London as a tourist. Visit all of the landmarks, do all of the cheesy tourist things. We guarantee you an amazing few days packed with new surprises! When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life!

Go on Safari

This may not appeal to everyone, but for those who have adventure in their blood it’s the perfect way to experience many animals you will have never seen before. Safaris are an amazing way to get up close and personal with animals in their native habitat – and learn more about the world around you.

Visit Machu Picchu

This is truly a sight to behold and for many people a once in a lifetime experience. Just because you’re exploring new places doesn’t mean you should forget the most historic places on Earth. See another culture and step into another world.

Trek the Great Wall of China

This is also true of the Great Wall. Okay, so you may not have the energy to trek the whole wall (it is over 10,000 miles!) but travelling along even the smallest section will send you back in time. It is generally regarded as one of the most impressive feats of architecture in history, and you’ll see why!

Travel around Europe

If you’ve lived in Britain your whole life then chances are that you’ve seen a few European countries. However, one of the best ways to see Europe is by inter-railing. They say it’s only for students, but why not show everyone wrong and really dive in the heart of this wonderful continent.

Spend time with family

Now that you’re retired you can have so much more time to spend with loved ones. Have relatives far away that you always meant to visit? Now’s the time! Maybe you even have grandchildren. Why not offer to look after them for a weekend and give your children a much needed break. You can create some wonderful memories with them that will last their entire life.

Have a second honeymoon

Just because you’ve been married a while doesn’t mean you should take one another for granted. Unfortunately the romance does leave a relationship after a while but now that you’re retired it’s time to rekindle that spark. Going on a second (or third or fourth) honeymoon is the perfect way to do this.

Go to Las Vegas

It may be something that you’ve always wanted to do but always considered (sensibly) the risk of letting go of a lot of money just like that. Well now that you’re retired you can afford to live a little more frivolously and take a gamble in the best gambling city in the world.

Go in a hot air balloon

Not for those who are afraid of heights – but for anyone who wants to experience the country like never before. Hot air balloons are an amazing way to gain a whole new perspective on where you live and with a wam blanket and glass of champagne can make for a wonderfully romantic evening.

See Paris

On the subject of romance – you may have seen Paris a hundred times but now that you’re retired it’s the perfect time to go back to the City of Love. Stroll along the river and eat nothing but cheese, bread and wi

ne. You’ll definitely feel like a kid again after spending a few days here with a loved one.

Hike the Lake District

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in Britain. Lush green countryside, rolling hills and of course lakes! Take a hike around and see some new places, or visit the lakes and hire out a sailboat for a few hours.

Learn an Instrument

You’re never too old for something new and being retired is a great time to learn something new. You no longer need to work so you have all this free time that you can use to practice! Try the piano or guitar, or violin for something a little different!

Buy your Other Half an Expensive Gift

When we work we’re always trying to save money for the next bill or car payment and so we don’t treat our loved ones as often as we would like. Now’s the time to make up for that by buying your loved one an extravagant gift – we’re not saying break the bank but something that shows how much you love and appreciate them.

See the Rainforest

The rainforest is one of the most mysterious places on Earth, with so many different parts that haven’t even been discovered yet. See for yourself the immense size of the trees, new and exotic animals and some very strange weather patterns!

See the Pyramids

One of the oldest landmarks in the world, the Great Pyramids of Egypt are truly incredible to see up close. The sheer size will leave you baffled by how these ancient people managed to finish constructing something so wonderful.

Go Diving

While you’re exploring the world you should definitely go diving. It’s a chance to see the whole world which exists under us and see amazing scenery. Diving will also give you a chance to travel to more amazing places which are famous for it.

See the Northern Lights

Although you can’t guarantee that you will see them, the Northern Lights are an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity and will really make you feel the weight of the universe around us. Perhaps not always guaranteeing when they appear is another part of their charm!


Now that you’re retired it’s time to up sticks and move to a smaller, more manageable place. Park homes are the perfect way to do this and experience all of the other amazing things on this list!