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Old 09-06-2019, 08:00 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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My master bedroom is definitely more comfortable than any 5-star hotel, even much better than the Ritz Carlton. But we don’t have fresh lobsters here. The best desserts come from Europe. But we travel to improve our brains, lots of stimulation for sure from our traveling.
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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My master bedroom is definitely more comfortable than any 5-star hotel, even much better than the Ritz Carlton. But we donít have fresh lobsters here. The best desserts come from Europe. But we travel to improve our brains, lots of stimulation for sure from our traveling.
I read dozens of items every week (books, articles, even Internet blogs) and write papers and do puzzles to improve my brain. No need for travel for THAT! (Glad it works for you, though! )

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P.S. Full disclosure, my latest travel adventure -- an 11-day trip to the UK with my spring class (free to me) -- was a disaster for me because of my bad knee (it was fantastic for my students and travel partner). So I am aware that I may just be being ornery here because I was in so much pain during the trip. But I truly don't see the appeal of traveling for just a week or two at a time -- I really would want to go someplace for at least a month, but that's hard to do with a house, pets, etc. left behind. Maybe I will change my mind in actual retirement (it's a few years away) ... and of course I realize that other people may love it.
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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I had a list of stuff I wanted to do - then quickly realized I had a major issue with commitment.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:03 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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You have to be fit to travel. I lost 10 lbs by walking all over Europe. Our first trip there for 4 months, we didn’t have a car. We walked 2-3 miles a day. It was not only good for our brains, it was good for our body.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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You have to be fit to travel. I lost 10 lbs by walking all over Europe. Our first trip there for 4 months, we didnít have a car. We walked 2-3 miles a day. It was not only good for our brains, it was good for our body.

Whether you're fit or not, at the start, you'kk get fitter. Provided you actually travel, and not just fly to a pool or beach.
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:30 PM
 
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Hahaha - That might have been true a zillion years ago when I was in my 20's and didn't mind sleeping in a train station, but this is the retirement forum and most of us now want a little comfort and a decent meal.
Especially at retirement age -- our bones can't take traveling like we did in our wild and free days!
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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If those are the things that make you happy - go for it! Make sure to socialize and get exercise too.
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Old 09-07-2019, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Especially at retirement age -- our bones can't take traveling like we did in our wild and free days!

If it is expected that you can still do productive physical labor at 64, you can carry a shoulder bag onto a bus at 66.
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Old 09-07-2019, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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Retirement is just around the corner for us!


Here's some thoughts I have on how to spend my time:
(no particular order of importance, just as they occur to me)


Learn French -- again! I was somewhat proficient in it in high school and college, but I've all but forgotten most of it, or so I thought. Recently my dh and I started watching French Village, a multi-part series about the German occupation of a French village during WWII. Its mostly in French with English subtitles. I find, much to my surprise, much is coming back to me! I still rely on the subtitles, but its coming back. I still have my old French textbooks from college, I might brush them off and see if I can re-learn it!


Learn how to cook -- again! I cooked for my family of four, but our kids are grown and out of the house. I'd like to start learning to cook healthful meals for two


Foster kittens. I love kittens, but at our age I don't think it would be fair to take on kittens who would probably outlive us! I would like to foster some to help them become adoptable.


Vegetable gardening, flower gardening


Get going with Genealogy! I've played around with subscriptions to sites like Ancestry, My Heritage, etc, but I would like to really delve into the topic. Maybe take some college courses, perhaps even do Heritage travel tours!


So, how's this sound for a retired lady's activities?
Looks like a good mix of indoor and outdoor activities, interests that can be enjoyed both at home and while travelling - except the kitten fostering part, physical and mental activities. Enjoy!
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Old 09-07-2019, 08:17 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Lots of exercise (walking & biking), take the RV out once a month somewhere, and I volunteer for the city I live in. Sometimes this is not enough but I'm not going back to work.
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