Lately this subject has been on my mind A LOT. So I thought I'd share with you some of the things I want to do when I retire. I made a list!
No surprise there, I'm sure, since I did buy a motorhome last spring. I plan to take it low and slow, however. I notice that a lot of the van dwellers and RV'ers out there (follow some on Youtube) are constantly on the go heading from one place to another. I plan to travel at a much slower pace, taking my time to explore and really enjoy the area I'm stopped at before I hop back out on the road. The biggest reason for that is because travel isn't going to be my only activity. I plan to do a ton of stuff while I'm out there on the road.
I plan to take my sewing machine and supplies with me so I can work on projects, do some quilting, crochet and knit, embroider, make clothing, make gifts, make whatever strikes my fancy.
I plan to devote a whole lot of time to writing. I have loads of novels I want to get published and that is a big reason for choosing early retirement. It is really hard to focus on writing when you have to stop and go to work or take care of a house and run your children to their next activity. Not impossible, of course, but not so easy either. I'm looking forward to quiet afternoons in the woods with my laptop (and solar charger) tapping on the keyboard. I can just imagine it right now too.
I love to hike. I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to strap on my hiking boots and hit the trail. Great exercise and scenic views, what more can a girl ask for?
I'd like to get better at taking pictures and what better way to practice than to get outdoors and snap away. Combine that with hiking. Oh yeah!
Of course! Even if it is just me I plan to cook my meals and do some baking as well. Inside the motorhome or outside at the fire pit. Either way it will be a lot of fun.
I do enjoy fishing and I have to be honest, sadly I haven't made a lot of time for it. I plan to change that once I retire. You can do a lot of thinking and planning while holding onto the end of a rod and waiting for a bite. And there is nothing quite like a fresh caught fish for your supper either.
What?! Yes, I may do some part time or seasonal work, because I do like to socialize and let's face it. A little extra traveling cash wouldn't be bad either. Or I may boot up my Etsy shop and really give it a go. Who knows?
These are just a handful of the things I plan to do when I retire. My list is huge, but totally doable, in my opinion. I can tell you one thing. I'm very much looking forward to finding out.