So, have you retired? Well, congratulations on a life well-lived! And yes, there is so much more to retirement than just hanging up your boots and wondering what to do with the rest of your life!
Well, don’t worry, retirement today is more fun than you ever thought possible, and the lifestyle most retirees have you’ll never think was possible a few years back! Here is a look at the five most popular trends that make retirement easy-breezy and fun!
Danish Trend of Senior Co-Housing
This is a novel concept where individuals and retirees share a common home and ownership. The concept boomed in the 1960s. The benefit of co-housing is a combination of independent living, yet you get the perks of availing common facilities with proper community support. Senior residents living in co-housing areas have their own private space. They have other amenities such as dining rooms, spacious kitchen spaces, laundry rooms, parking, and community areas that are all shared. The community decisions are taken collectively and democratically. The co-housing trend has caught on, and it is popular in Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, and the U.K. Denmark has particularly taken to the idea as most of the population prefers to live in the co-housing places. North Americans are not strangers to the idea, and you could find this trend even in the 1980s.
A Country for Retirees
Belize has a Central American setting, and its national language is English, so retirees don’t have to worry about being a misfit there! The country is catching everyone’s as the cost of living is very low, as low as $25,000 a year. That’s not all! You could enjoy a complete meal at a mid-price restaurant, and that will come under $40 for a couple, and if you are fond of seafood, this is the country to be. Active retirees who are into scuba diving, snorkeling, and jungle trekking are more than welcome to fulfill all their adventure travel fantasies.
A Very Merry Cruise Ship Retirement
We say it sounds rad! You can take a stab at condominium cruise ships. The entry price stands a little steep at more than $1 million. But you can try it in various ways, get an extended break without you requiring to stay aboard for the entire year. Retirees can go for flexible schedules and book the best deal available during the year’s best time. Consider going around the world on a cruise that lasts around a hundred days or so. Whichever ship offers the best deal to destinations with the best weather.
Itsy-bitsy Minimalist Houses
Tiny houses, as small as 400-square-feet, are creating a hullaballoo in the housing construction. It has an intimate setting with a small kitchenette, a living room with a loft bedroom. These houses are easy on your pockets and easy to maintain as well, perfect for retirees who are thinking of lowering their cost of living—low-cost, low-maintenance. If you want to live around your adult children, yet maintain your independence, then this is just the thing for you, and you can even build small houses in the backyard of your children’s homes.
Camping Around in an R.V
Living like you are on a perennial road trip sounds like a fun idea. So, if this is a dream that you want fulfilled, you can drive around in your R.V. or camper van and settle in a nice campsite when you find one, start living there and even working there if you want.
When you feel like traveling again, listen to your inner traveling voice and head off somewhere new and interesting—numerous websites that offer great deals for work campers. Thankfully, the cost isn’t too steep, and you have to pay for food and the campsite fees. Some people work as campground hosts and earn some extra money there. You can even work in amusement parks, Army Engineers Corps, and hotels in or around National Parks.
So, do you have a way to make retirement interesting and enjoyable? We are toying with the idea of a cruise ship and campsites, aren’t these such unique and novel ideas. Which one is your favorite? Do get your thinking hats on, and start planning your retirement. Remember, you deserve it!