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    • EdSwippet
    • By EdSwippet 14th Nov 15, 7:31 PM
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    Things to do after early retirement?
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    • 14th Nov 15, 7:31 PM
    Things to do after early retirement? 14th Nov 15 at 7:31 PM
    I am mid-fifties and plan on taking early retirement, possibly in the first quarter of next year. I'm active and in good health, have decent pension arrangements, and have a list of things I want to do, but I'm interested to hear any reports from folk who have perhaps retired early in the past.

    In particular, anything in your plan that worked well, perhaps unexpectedly so? Anything that didn't work out at all? Or if you haven't yet retired early but are thinking about it, how do you plan to spend time?

    I know we all like to do different things, but nevertheless I'm on the lookout for possibilities I might not yet have thought of.

    For my part... I will swim most days. I will go to the gym, and take regular yoga, pilates and other exercise classes. I will be a volunteer gardener at a local NT property. I will help disabled children learn to swim. I will learn to draw, and attend art appreciation classes. I will -- finally, and after multiple false starts earlier in life! -- learn to read music and play a musical instrument. I will cycle, hike, and canoe where possible. I will learn Spanish. I will go on yoga and meditation retreats. I will travel widely. I will not write a book.

    There now, let's see how much of that plan survives its first encounter with reality!
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 2nd Jan 16, 1:05 AM
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    We are contemplating the purchase of a small villa in Spain to live in the Winters and rent out in the summer.
    Originally posted by redmalc
    May I commend our 'Living Abroad' thread to you. It's not a very active thread, but several of our informants either do or have lived in Spain. The main thing I picked up is that some parts of Spain are not very warm in winter ... so choose well!
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    • missile
    • By missile 4th Jan 16, 12:49 AM
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    We are contemplating the purchase of a small villa in Spain to live in the Winters and rent out in the summer.
    Originally posted by redmalc
    Do you have any experience of property letting? It is not as easy or as profitable as you may think. There are many rental properties in Spain which stand empty / rent for a loss. Who would manage your property?
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    • k6chris
    • By k6chris 25th Sep 17, 7:22 AM
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    Posting in this excellent thread partly to bump it up, but also to focus on the early retirement aspect. Being (touch wood) reasonably fit at present, filling my time on good weather days will be simple, but what new indoor activities have early retirees been able to do with their new found time???
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 25th Sep 17, 8:38 AM
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    Join your local U3A. You'll find a wide range of things to do, from intellectual to fun, outdoors or indoors.
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    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • Arthurian
    • By Arthurian 2nd Oct 17, 1:15 PM
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    For couples who have always divided home life into 'his and hers' chores, may I suggest thoroughly learning what the other half does? For example, the one who always deals with finances should teach the other about the basics of investing, where the tax forms are kept, etc. The one who loves gardening should teach the other how the lawnmower works. The DIYer should explain the intricacies of the hot water system, etc. It's too easy to just let the other one just get on with it, until one day you suddenly realise you have to do it all, and it's too late to ask how.
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 12th Nov 17, 6:07 PM
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    In our case we went to France and spent 17 years buying houses, renovating them living in them each time, we even built a new one to our design. We started when I was made redundant for the fourth time at 50 and had had enough!
    We didn't make a fortune but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. we then moved to the UK to be near ancient parents and our family.
    I feel many who take early retirement just play and could do with a real project to keep them alive inside!
    • fatbeetle
    • By fatbeetle 12th Nov 17, 11:49 PM
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    While I agree with you, there's a fine line between "just play" and fulfilling hobbies and interests.

    My hope is when I retire* that my hobbies become, if not more meaningful, then at least something I can give more time, care, and involvement to, recreation as "re-creation" of myself. They also include a fair bit of skills development.

    My hobbies are gym, photography, visiting archeological sites, (mainly bronze age,) music making, rock climbing, hill walking, cooking, gardening, home brewing and foraging, amongst others.

    We also hope to explore Blighty and Europe in a campervan. So yes, we will do a fair bit of play, but not meaningless play, if you see what i mean!

    *13 working days to go!!!!!!
    “If you trust in yourself, and believe in your dreams, and follow your star. . . you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and who weren't so lazy.”
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 13th Nov 17, 9:57 AM
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    Hey fatbeetle, we have recentlt bought a caravan and are having fun in our 70s exploring UK. We joined the camping and caravan club plus the caravan and motorhome club. We enjoy going to the small private club sites with a max of 5 units.
    Maybe we will meet up sometime.
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