What to do in Retirement: How to Spend Your Golden Years

We work hard to be able to enjoy our retirement, so we finally have the time to enjoy our hobbies and passions. But sometimes we may feel like we have too much time on our hands. How do we make the most of our golden years? From leisure activities to spending time with your grandchildren, there are lots to get involved in. Here are some ideas to make the most of your retirement.


Some people reach a certain age and realise there are so many places they never got the chance to visit. Rather than sit back and watch others fulfil their wanderlust – why not join them? You are no longer limited to 28 days of holiday per year so you have the flexibility to go on extended trips or enjoy last-minute offers. Make the most of your trips and engage in activities you love such as biking, golfing and swimming. You could explore your home country or even jet further afield to South America or Asia. There are many cheaper alternatives too like using a camper van, house sitting or staying with friends and family.

Keep learning

When you’ve got so much time on your hands why not do something valuable? You could attend classes at your local college or university where you may find free or discounted classes for senior citizens. Why not learn a language you’ve always wanted to learn or learn to paint? There are so many opportunities and with the introduction of Zoom, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home. Don’t forget about free tools as well such as YouTube or Ted Talks.

Take up a new hobby

Not only is participating in a hobby a great way to keep your mind and body active, but it’s also a great way to make new friends. Some can find retirement to be lonely, so it’s a good idea to broaden your circle of friends. Why not join a book club or start yoga? Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Gardening
  • Swimming
  • Pottery making
  • Glass blowing
  • Tai Chi
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Chess
  • Crafting
  • Winemaking
  • Baking


There is never a shortage of charities or communities that need willing volunteers. If you want to do something to give back or you need a bit more fulfilment, why not volunteer? Think about the type of work you’d like to do and speak to somebody who already works there to see if they need some extra help. You could ask libraries, charity shops, hospices, community centres, museums, places of worship or food banks.

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