How Can I Have Fun in Retirement? | 27 Fun Things To Do


Now you’re retired you want to have some fun too. Well, you’ve have come to the right place! In this article, I’ve listed 27 fun things to do in retirement to give you inspiration and activity ideas for your retirement days.

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Create A Retirement Bucket List

A bucket list is a list with all the things you always wanted to do, places in the world you want to see, and things you want to experience before you die. To make more fun in your retirement, you can start creating your bucket list and have fun with all the experiences your list has in store for you.

When you’re looking for some inspiration for your Bucket List, I recommend reading my article, 101+ Ideas For Your Retirement Bucket List.

Visit Your Family And Friends

As a retiree, you’ve got a lot more free time than when you were still busy working. You can use this time to visit friends and family who you didn’t see for a long time. Or just visit them more often.

Retirement is perfect for spending more time with the people you care about. Even if you didn’t see them for a while, it’s often lovely to catch up. Maybe you have family or friends who live far away and know that you’re retired you finally have the time to visit them.

Take A Class

It might be an item on your retirement bucketlist. Or maybe you just always wanted to take a new class, and learn some new things. Being retired is the time to do this!

Did you know that many colleges and universities in the United States offer discounted or even free classes for seniors and retired people? A great opportunity if you want to go back to college again! You can find a useful list of applicable colleges here.

Another great way to take classes is to go online. Ever heard of Masterclass? Masterclass is an online video education program, where you can take all kinds of courses. And the teachers? They happen to be the most successful, and famous people in the world.

Some famous teachers on Masterclass are, Gordon Ramsey, Aaron Franklin, Tony Hawk, Kelly Wearstler, Dr. Jane Goodall, Martin Scorsese, Timbaland, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and many others. They all teach a course in the discipline they’re famous for.

For example, Aaron Franklin teaches Texas-style BBQ. Neil deGrasse Tyson teaches scientific thinking and communication, and Kelly Wearstler teaches interior design.

Masterclass courses are great to follow, and the beauty is that you can easily follow the course from home. Start today, and get your Masterclass all-access pass for only $ 180 USD today.

Start Writing

Retirement is also a perfect time to do some reflection. A great way to look back at your past experiences is by writing down your memoirs. It might even be the start of a family tradition, where your children and maybe grandchildren can contribute with their stories.

If you love to write, but don’t want to write your memoirs, but just some stories, that also awesome to do! Be creative, and just do what feels good. It’s all about having fun in retirement!

Some people are eager to start with writing but are not sure where to start. Following a writing Masterclass can be a perfect help. The Masterclass platform, I told you earlier about, offers several writing courses that can help you to improve your writing skills.

Become A Mentor or Coach

As a retiree, you probably have a lot of experience to share. If you want to spend time helping others, you might want to become a coach or mentor for other people. Depending on what you did in your life and career, you can decide to become a professional coach and help others with their career choices. Or maybe you’re more interested in becoming a life coach and help other people succeed in life and make the choices that fit them.

Becoming a mentor or coach can be time-consuming, so if you want to do this in retirement, make sure that it doesn’t take up all your time. It must be a fun activity to do. You probably have many other things to do as well. However, coaching other people is also a fulfilling activity.

If you want to improve your coaching skills and become an international certified (life) coach, I recommend to check out Coach Star Alliance. They offer several programs where you can learn from other coaches around the world, which helps to boost your coaching skills!

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Stay Physically Active

I truly hope that you can spend many happy and healthy years as a retiree. However, when we get older we all get more and more age-related health issues. Sometimes small, and sometimes bigger. And often there’s nothing we can do about it. But according to the CDC, we can control our physical activity. The CDC says that staying physically active, is related to avoiding health issues that come with age.

So, make sure that you follow at least their recommendations when it comes to physical activity. You can also decide to combine the minimum requirements with some fun activities in retirement, like swimming, playing golf, and hiking.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how you can stay active, I recommend reading my article, How Can I Stay Active In Retirement?

Perform A Random Act Of Kindness

A random act of kindness is a selfless act to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier. And making other people happy will also make you happy. Examples of random acts of kindness are: Help a child or older person cross the street, water your neighbor’s lawn/flowers, Insert coins into someone’s parking meter, Buy flowers to hand out on the street, leave positive notes on people’s cars or anything you that will make someone else happy.

Be A Host

Take the initiative to entertain, and invite friends or family over for dinner or something else. Like game night, karaoke night, or wine tasting. Or you can become a host on Airbnb and rent out on extra room to travelers. This way you meet new and fun people just by opening your doors.

Stay Socially Active

Earlier I told you about the importance of staying physically active in retirement. It’s also important to keep up with your social activities. Many people find it challenging to have enough social activities when they’re retired often because a lot of their social contact were work-related.

Staying socially active is also related to many health benefits. According to this article on Harvard Health Publishing, seniors who are having many social interactions, are often having a more active lifestyle.

If you have a broad social circle, it often means more opportunities to plan fun things in retirement.

When you find it challenging to keep up with your social interactions, I recommend reading my article, How Can I Stay Socially Active In Retirement?

Go To A Comedy Club

Find a comedy club nearby and plan a fun night out alone, with friends or your spouse. An evening filled with laughter is always fun.

Rekindle Your Relationship With Your Spouse

Now you have more time to spend with your love, you can make an effort to rekindle your relationship. You can revive your relationship by planning a date night, set up a treasure hunt, or go the extra mile and even get re-married.

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Rekindle your relationship

Plan An Adventure Trip

Nothing can be more fun than an adventure trip, and sometimes half the fun is planning on where to go and what to do. We are full-time travelers, so we can highly recommend going traveling a retirement. So if you’re interested to travel in retirement, get yourself the best travel gear out there and go on an adventure.

I wrote several inspirational travel articles, that you might find interesting;

Organize A Surprise Party

If you like to organize and make others happy, then hosting a surprise party is a fun thing to do in retirement. You can wait for a special moment or date that is coming up or just plan a surprise party because you feel like it.

Do Volunteer Work

One of the most popular and fulfilling things to do in retirement is to do volunteer work. You can have fun while helping others in need. Check out Volunteer.gov for volunteer jobs near you.

Many retirees decide to start with volunteering because they want to help out in their local community, now that they have more time. Volunteering is a great way to help others, and also can help with staying more socially active in retirement. You probably meet a lot of new people when you start volunteering.

If you want to start as a volunteer, but eager to know more about it, I recommend reading my article, Why Do Retirees Volunteer?

Become A Coach Of A Sports Team

If you like sports, then you can consider becoming a coach. Maybe your grandchildren play sports and need a coach for their team. You can become their coach. Or look for clubs near you that are looking for coaches.

Try A New Or Unusual Recipe

If you love to cook than cooking unusual recipes can be a fun thing to do in retirement. Get on Pinterest for inspiration or google recipes of local dishes of your favorite travel destinations and start cooking.

When you’re looking to get inspired and want to improve your cooking skills, a great way to do so is by following a Masterclass. The online education platform offers many different cooking classes that all help you to become a better cook.

One of the most popular cooking classes on Masterclass is Aaron Franklin, who teaches Texas-Style BBQ.

Test Drive Your Favorite Car

Ok, so maybe you’re not planning to buy a car, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun test driving it. Go to the nearby car dealer and take a spin behind the wheel of your favorite car.

Having fun in retirement test drive a sports car
Test drive your favorite car

Go To A Mystery Dinner Theater

Look for a dinner theater near you and have some fun by solving a mystery and getting a delicious dinner.

Go To An Escape Room

If you like solving puzzles and can handle a deadline then going to an escape room is a fun activity do on in retirement.

Make A Road Trip

Retirement is not the end of the road; it’s the beginning of the open high way! So get in your car, RV, or truck and hit the road for a (spontaneous) road trip.

If you’re looking for some road trip inspiration, make sure to read one of my road trip articles.

Take A Cruise

Going on a cruise is an easy way of traveling. Every day there is a new destination waiting to be explored and on the cruise ship are so many fun things to do that it’s hard to get bored. And breakfast, lunch, dinner, and entertainment are all arranged for you so you don’t have to worry about anything. Some people have so much fun cruising they practically live on a cruise ship during their retirement.

Learn Something New

Learning something new is a great way to have fun in retirement. You can learn a new skill, language or musical instrument now you have all the time in the world. Go on Pinterest to find inspiration for fun Do It Yourself projects, take (online) classes to learn a new skill. Via Babbel & Duolingo you can learn a new language online. And on YouTube, you can find great tutorials on how to learn a musical instrument. But the best place to learn something new is on the online platform Masterclass.

Read An Adventurous Novel or Thriller

Reading a book is like traveling. You can go to a different world without leaving your house. It’s a really cheap way of traveling that can be as much fun as real traveling. Reading inspires you and is a great exercise for your brain because it improves your IQ, memory, vocabulary and communication skills.

Give yourself the gift of unlimited reading in retirement with the Oasis Kindle E-reader and Kindle Membership.

Read a book
Read a book and you’ll travel to another world without leaving your house

Build A Family Tree

If history was one of your favorite classes in school than building your family tree is a fun thing to do in retirement. A lot of retirees like to dive into their family history and search for ancestors. On Family Echo and Ancestry, you can build your family tree online for free. And on Find My Past and Family Search you can trace your ancestors.

Surround Yourself With Fun People

If you surround yourself with fun people you’ll have fun in your retirement for sure. So be selective with the people within your social circle. Ask yourself do they lift me up? Or bring me down? Filter the negative people out your social circle and let the fun people in. And to meet new fun people you can join a club, become a host on Airbnb to meet travelers or just approach someone fun on the street for a conversation. You never know what comes out of it.

Start A Business

Who says you can’t have fun and earn some extra money in retirement? You can become an online entrepreneur by selling your arts and crafts on Etsy or start a blogging website to earn a passive income, start a YouTube channel and create videos about your favorite hobby or start a drop-shipping company. If you have a big backyard you can think of building a (tree) house or pimp up an old campervan so you can use the extra space to rent out on Airbnb.

Redecorate Your House

Switching things up can be fun and it certainly feels new and different. So getting a makeover for yourself or your house is a fun project to have in retirement. So get a new haircut, have your make-up done by a pro or buy a new outfit. Do this with a friend or family member to make it even more fun. And if you don’t feel like do a total house makeover you can start by decluttering, rearrange or redecorate a room. Move furniture to spice things up.

Did you know that there’s an awesome Masterclass available when it comes to interior design? Renowned interior designer Kelly Wearstler teaches interior design on Masterclass. She is famous for modern American design and influenced the rise of designer hotels. In her Masterclass, she shares her knowledge.

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I hope you’ve found some inspiration to have fun in retirement. I always try to be as helpful as possible when writing my articles. I love to do research about retirement, and inspiring retirees you like you to get the most out of their retirement.

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I'm Kirsten. In 2017, my boyfriend Léon, and I decided to retire from the rat race to travel the world and work and live location independently. With my articles, I want to help people enjoy and celebrate retirement in the best way possible.

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