Bright and colorful carnival near the beach at sunset. What would you do if you were retired?
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40 Things to Do When You Retire

Ok, so you read last weeks article and you realize that 65 isn’t the minimum retirement age. That’s right. In fact, with a high enough savings rate there’s nothing holding you back from retiring in 10 years or less. This holds true whether you’re 18 or 45 years old.

You have one more question before buying into this Financial Independence and Retire Early movement. What do people do when they reach financial independence?

Honestly, you can do whatever you want as long as it’s within your means. However, there’s no requirement that you stop working when you reach financial independence. If you’re someone who says “I’m going to work until I die”, I don’t see anything wrong with that. But what if you change your mind?

Many people who retire early continue to work, but there’s one major difference. Those who are financially independent work when they want and where they want.

Tweet: Those who are financially independent work when they want and where they want. @fourwallsoffire

Anyways, I figured some of you aren’t sure what you would do if you retired before 65, so I decided ask around and get some ideas for you.

Here is a list of 40 things to do when you retire. Ready. Set. Go!
So, here we go. 40 Things to Do When You Retire!
  1. Travel
  2. More Family Time at Home
  3. Sleep
  4. Volunteer
  5. Pick Up a New Hobby
  6. Real Estate Investing / Flipping Houses
  7. Visit Family More Frequently
  8. Spoil Grandkids
  9. Fly an Airplane
  10. Work a Part Time Job
  11. Coach Youth Sports
  12. Take Care Elderly Parents / Family Member
  13. Relax With Spouse
  14. More DIY Projects at Home
  15. Provide Free Financial Coaching and Mentorship
  16. Play Golf
  17. Go Shooting
  18. Relocate…Wherever You Want
  19. Homeschool Children
  20. Run Marathons
  21. Play Video Games
  22. Work in the Garden
  23. Spend Time With Pets
  24. Go on Cruises
  25. Hiking at National Parks
  26. Camping
  27. Start a Blog
  28. Write a Book
  29. Start a Business
  30. Go on Mission Trips
  31. Learn to Sew
  32. Bake (Food!)
  33. Go to a Hospital and Rock Babies
  34. Serve at Church
  35. Go to the Gym
  36. Watch Movies
  37. Bird Watching
  38. Sit on the Porch
  39. Become a Regular at a Coffee Shop
  40. Be Bored and Love It!

Well, there you have it. 40 Things to do when you retire. If you’re still unsure of what you’d do upon retiring early, this blog may not be for you. Check out this video I made instead.

For the rest of you, keep on reading. Make plans for your retirement years, they’ll be here before you know it.

PS: Have anything to add to the list? Comment below!


  • Reply
    June 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Ride dirt bikes, roller coasters, and water slides!!!

    • Reply
      June 10, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      Awesome! Could go for some roller coasters and water slides right now!!

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