If you are keen to retire early, you might be thinking about doing something to celebrate this milestone in your life. Many people see retirement as the first death knoll in your social life and the slow winding down of every fun activity in your life. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Retiring under the age of sixty gives you the opportunity to do new and wonderful things before you are too old to give them a go. Having the ability to decide how you spend your time with the financial freedom supporting you can be life-affirming.
So, how will you celebrate this new chapter in your life? Rather than buying yourself a new car or booking a cruise, why not consider the joys of a good old fashioned road trip? Who said retirees didn’t have a sense of adventure?!
The most important aspect of any road trip is the planning. As you now have more time on your hands, there’s no excuse not to plan your route, your accommodation, your stop-offs, and any touristy things you want to do along the way. You need to consider where you want your road trip to take you. You might fancy venturing down to the coast around Devon and Cornwall. Or perhaps you are more of a country bunny and taking in the Yorkshire Moors or Peak District is more to your liking. Or perhaps you want to go on a mammoth road trip taking in the Highlands and the northwest coast of Scotland? The possibilities really are endless.
For those of us of a certain age, the thought of slumming it and camping might be a little too much to bear. Don’t assume that a road trip isn’t for you if you prefer the finer things in life. Rather than take your car and tent on your road trip, you could hire an incredible motor home. Many of these vehicles are like five star hotel rooms on wheels, complete with fully functioning toilet, shower, kitchen area, and smart TV. You will be comfortable and want for nothing when out and about on your road trip.
Ok, so we won’t labour the point that you are no spring chicken, but you do have to consider your age alongside your road trip plans. If you struggle a little with your joints or your mobility, make sure that you don’t plan in activities that require a day’s hiking or any steep climbing. If you love the great outdoors, opt for those walks that are flatter and more gentle on your knees.
If you regularly take medication at home, make sure you pack the pill boxes you need to store your tablets safely. This way, you will always know what tablet to take and when, because the storage you have for your medication will be labelled. It doesn’t matter that you are on vitamins, anti-inflammatories, and other tablets – you can still venture out on a road trip and enjoy your adventure.
As you venture on your road trip across the UK, you need to plan in your experiences. The activities that you choose should be bespoke to your passions and interests. Think about booking tickets to see some theatre, make a reservation at the top seafood restaurant that you’ve always fancied dining at, and consider going for something a little bit more adrenaline-inducing. Just because you are fifty-something doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a spot of indoor skydiving, a boat trip to try and spot some whales, and a foray into the world of escape rooms.
Your road trip should be a celebration and allow you to experience new vistas and experiences, as well as meeting new people and making new friends. Many people who venture on a road trip ensure that they never drive for more than two hours at any one time. This way, you will get plenty of stop-offs and chances to see the areas around you. Drive all day, every day, and you will be constantly on the road. Get a large old school map and plot your route and stop-offs. Every morning, before you set out on the road, check out your itinerary for the day and enjoy having a rough plan in your head for timings, expenses, and food. This way, you will never go hungry, have money worries, or be short on time.
Venturing out on a road trip aged fifty-something can be fun. While adventures may be seen as the realm of youngsters, you can break the mould and enjoy celebrating your early retirement milestone in style while out on the open road.