Long walks on the Cotswolds, bingo, knitting and waiting around for the kids to visit – this is the image that many people have in their minds when they think of things to do after retirement.
Long walks on the Cotswolds, bingo, knitting and waiting around for the kids to visit – this is the image that many people have in their minds when they think of things to do after retirement. However, they couldn’t be further from the truth, as retirement is the only time in your life when you have the finances and the time to do all the things that you couldn’t while you were working full-time.
Some of the best things to do after retirement range from travelling to foreign countries, taking up a hobby, volunteering, learning a new language or mentoring someone younger than you. The one thing that doesn’t come up often when discussing things to do after retirement is extreme sports. Many people assume that retirees are too old to take part in these activities, but the truth is that extreme sports are a fun and exhilarating option for those retirees brave enough to take them on.
These are some of the most popular extreme sports that retirees can get involved in:
Skydiving is one of the most popular extreme sports that retirees take part in, as it has very little physical exertion and impact on the body. Skydiving is on many people’s bucket list, yet some never manage to do it – either due to time or financial constraints (or pure terror) – but retirement frees you from these constraints and skydiving will give you one of the biggest adrenaline rushes you could imagine.
This 100-year-old great-grandfather celebrated his centennial by taking on a 10 000 feet skydive – proof that no matter what your age, skydiving is an awesome option for things to do after retirement.
Hot Air Ballooning
While, not exactly a sport in itself, hot air ballooning is still a great way for retirees to get an exhilarating adventure activity under their belt. I mean floating thousands of feet in the air in a basket is certainly not something for the feint hearted. Hot air ballooning is an amazing way to see the world from a bird’s eye view, giving you an entirely new perspective.
There are many places in the UK that offer hot air ballooning, such as Hot Air which is located in East Sussex. However, another great option is to do extreme hot air ballooning somewhere spectacular like the temples of Bagan in Myanmar or over the migration in Tanzania.
Kitesurfing is a wonderful option for things to do after retirement, especially for those fitter retirees that have a love of the outdoor. Companies such as the KiteSurf Centre offer courses, lessons and equipment to everyone from beginners to professionals.
The greatest thing about kitesurfing (other than its physical and mental benefits) is that it’s a hobby that you can take anywhere with you on your travels. From the blue waves of Bali to the strong surf in Cape Town – kitesurfing is an activity that will allow you to make connections and friends all over the world, while keeping your body in tip-top shape.
White Water Rafting
A love of water and strong swimming skills are a prerequisite when it comes to white water rafting, but it’s an awesome way to get into nature, meet new people and keep the adrenaline pumping. Don’t get us wrong – we are not advising a trip down Grade 5 rapids such as those found below Victoria Falls such as this. Rather we suggest that you take on gentler rapids like those found in Northern England and Spain.
If you are a young at heart retiree that is looking to combine travel with some extreme sport, then an excellent place to start is Spain. Not only is this the ultimate retiree destination with gorgeous beaches, tasty food, and great wine – it’s also bursting at the seams with adventure sports such as those mentioned above.
Retiring abroad is one of the most exciting things to do after retirement, and Spain is an excellent choice. Contact us to have a look at property for sale in Costa Blanca, as well as gaining expert local advice on real estate and things to do and see in Spain.