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They say you don’t stop playing when you get old, you get old when you stop playing. And now that you’re retired that couldn’t be more true. But what are you going to do? What adventures would you want to set out on? What did you always want to do, but couldn’t take the time off work? Well if you haven’t written out your own bucket list, here are three ideas to get you started.
Set Up Shop
This is your chance to finally open that antique shop. All those records you’ve been holding onto despite your record player breaking years ago will fill those shelves nicely. But you’ll need more than that. Start by fishing out that typewriter, the old landscape painting and anything else you think might be of value. And be sure to get your items appraised before you slap a price tag on them. There are a host of resources for antique dealers and collectors alike, but it’s important to do your homework. A wonderful resource is the famous Antique Road Show. There are also antique malls all over the country. All you need to do is start asking questions to be welcomed into the community.
If you’re more of a book person, why not open a used bookstore? To find your initial inventory of books check out estate sales and liquidations. Many liquidations sell books by the penny and estate sales can land you some rare and valuable books at a low price.
The Hunting Adventure
No matter the time of year, being outdoors is where some people find their callings. If you’re one of these people it’s time to pack up your equipment and head off to Montana. However, it can be cold out in the woods, so don’t forget to pick up any winter camouflage clothing you might need.
If traveling to remote Montana is out of the question, look to “best of” lists that feature fishing and hunting locations. And remember, good old fashioned word-of-mouth is a great way to find the perfect hunting spot.
Russell, Kansas which has pheasants, quail, doves, turkeys, waterfowl, and deer in the heart of the Smoky Hills, or Goldendale, Washington where hunting starts just at the edge of town, are two other options to consider. Wherever you end up hunting, it’s important to research the regulations and get the right permits and licenses for your activities.
The Trip of a Lifetime
Have you always wanted to see the world but couldn’t until now? Well here’s your chance. From backpacking Europe or South America, to Caribbean cruises it’s important to have the correct equipment. From backpacks, money belts and phrase books, travel expert Rick Steves has you covered. Most of the resources on the Rick Steves website are for traveling Europe, but the travel advice you can find there is invaluable whether you’re walking the Great Wall of China, exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu, or admiring the Sistine Chapel.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed adventure a cruise may be the right fit. Spend your days lounging in the sun, going to movies, dinning out and spending the days in famous cities such as Venice, Maui, or Melbourne. Of course everyone will have a different idea of which cruise is right for them, that’s why it’s important to research the cruise you might want to take and understand what might fit your budget.