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Old 12-28-2008, 10:14 AM   #1
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Hi All,
We're planning on "part-timing" in a year or so, not quite ready for full time yet. One of the things that I'm wondering about, maybe a stupid question, but...............
What do you spend your time doing if you're retired?
We don't have TV, though we do watch DVD's and read a lot and walk a lot, play crib, but then what? I'm talking things apart from the obvious like sight-seeing, shopping etc.
Not much room for storing craft items?
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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Yours is a serious question and it took me a while to find an answer. That answer has made a big difference in my 13 years of retirement.

FIND A PURPOSE

I have friends who drive folks to the market. Volunteer in libraries. Do maintenance in County Parks. Participate in city or county advisory boards. Run for public office especially for jobs few want. (water district commissioner, town council, homeowner's boards)

Commit to stuff and do it. Find a reason to get up.

Maybe even as a park host.

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Old 12-28-2008, 09:08 PM   #3
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I was thinking more of when you're away for several months in the trailer. I can find volunteer work around my home town, but when we're away, then what? We're actually planning on joining a group of RVers who are assigned different projects with churches etc but what about the rest of the time?
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Yours is a serious question and it took me a while to find an answer. That answer has made a big difference in my 13 years of retirement.

FIND A PURPOSE

I have friends who drive folks to the market. Volunteer in libraries. Do maintenance in County Parks. Participate in city or county advisory boards. Run for public office especially for jobs few want. (water district commissioner, town council, homeowner's boards)

Commit to stuff and do it. Find a reason to get up.

Maybe even as a park host.

Ron from Lopez Island
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:42 PM   #4
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I was thinking more of when you're away for several months in the trailer. I can find volunteer work around my home town, but when we're away, then what? We're actually planning on joining a group of RVers who are assigned different projects with churches etc but what about the rest of the time?
Christine
By any chance are you talking about MMAP? My dad did that and found it very rewarding for over ten years. In his case he went to parts of the US he wanted to see and also where he wanted to visit relatives. Also, he went to Alaska a couple of times which he really enjoyed.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:25 AM   #5
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I'm am indeed! What better way to see the USA?
You guys are my heroes. We're (or I) am hoping to go full-time eventually like you. I've been reading your posts and saw you seemed to do it gradually in stages, which is what we plan to do to make sure it fits.




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By any chance are you talking about MMAP? My dad did that and found it very rewarding for over ten years. In his case he went to parts of the US he wanted to see and also where he wanted to visit relatives. Also, he went to Alaska a couple of times which he really enjoyed.
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:21 AM   #6
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Hi All,
We're planning on "part-timing" in a year or so, not quite ready for full time yet. One of the things that I'm wondering about, maybe a stupid question, but...............
What do you spend your time doing if you're retired?
We don't have TV, though we do watch DVD's and read a lot and walk a lot, play crib, but then what? I'm talking things apart from the obvious like sight-seeing, shopping etc.
Not much room for storing craft items?
Christine

Hello,
Have you tried looking at Workamper.com for ideas. When I visited Yellowstone it seemed like everyone had a name tag with their home state. What a great way to spend retirement - park to park hosting, genaral store or anything to get you off the couch. Bryan
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:11 PM   #7
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That question never crossed my mind before I started to full time in a small trailer. And there was no way I was going to wait until I was in my sixties to start. I just continued to do what I was doing with my free time while working&#151spending time out in Nature. Now, however, I do even more of it. Also, if you donít already have an art or a craft that you are interested in, you might think about taking one up. I work with silver. Maybe try geocaching. Possibly go off for a dayís trek where there are not trails. I could not do this lifestyle without a pet. My two felines are priceless. They love to go for walks with me, make fine companions, and are quite entertaining. If you are going to be by water much, get a boat (canoe, kayak, or pontoon). I also donít live with a TV and read a lot. Take a few paperbacks over to other campers to exchange books or just as a way to meet people. Get a travel blog going to keep friends informed of your travels. Youíll be spending time taking pictures and composing your postings. These are just things that come to mind as Iím sitting here in a library using their wireless. If you want to work a season, using something like workamper.com, there are many more sites for seasonal employment that I can post (although it might be a few days before I have web access again).

On an outside corner of my trailer, I wrote: The more one sees, the less one needs.
One does not need to always be doing something. Slowing down, simplifying, opening oneís eyes, presents a new way of looking at life. Sometimes I have trouble keeping the smile off my face. But then again, I donít look like, think like, or do, as most people my age. Maybe one should stop acting their age once they get in their fifties. Sure would cut down on medical problems. Oh well, glad to hear you are planning to try it.

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Old 12-29-2008, 02:17 PM   #8
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Project Habitant? Former teachers teaching ESL? Helping out with community gardens? Find volunteer bureau's in each town.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:13 PM   #9
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Are you planning to work part time or volunteer during your year? Or are you looking at taking a break and getting into some new things? Although, volunteering to stack books in little libraries along the way is a lot of fun and gives one a chance to talk to the patrons and staff about what's in the area. Also, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT is always looking for short term volunteers.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:37 PM   #10
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... volunteering to stack books in little libraries along the way is a lot of fun and gives one a chance to talk to the patrons and staff about what's in the area.
Great idea! If you had stopped in the library where I used to work, we would have tied you to the stacks... er... I mean "been most appreciative"

We always had so many more books to shelve than time to do it in!

And I bet it is a great way to find out about things in the community. Libraries are often a hub of small-town activity, and the librarians tend to know about local attractions - or how to find out about them.

Sounds totally win/win.

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Hi All,
We're planning on "part-timing" in a year or so, not quite ready for full time yet. One of the things that I'm wondering about, maybe a stupid question, but...............
What do you spend your time doing if you're retired?
We don't have TV, though we do watch DVD's and read a lot and walk a lot, play crib, but then what? I'm talking things apart from the obvious like sight-seeing, shopping etc.
Not much room for storing craft items?
Christine
You could take some long distance learning courses. There are go-at-your-own-pace curricula offered by some educational institutions. You could get the degree you've always wanted. If you ever wanted...
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:07 PM   #12
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Yes, libraries are a great place to learn about local events. And yes, they generally always have books to shelve. I walked into one small library once and the librarian looked at me as if thinking, "Are you nutsóno likes to shelve books." It's a nice way to meet people.

Taking web classes is one of the things I miss with this lifestyle. I've taken a number of stellar classes from www.ed2go.com (I accessed it through www.ed2go.com/sky). I know I could get access through a cell phone but by keeping my monthly expenses down, I did not have to wait until I was 62 to get into this roaming lifestyle. Also many of the places I camp have weak or no coverage. Pluses and minuses. It's sure nice not going to work everyday. But if you have web access, taking classes was a great suggestion. A roll model, who is in her eighties, believes that if one does not learn something new from time to time, one might as well be dead. She's a hoot, and a very active one at that.

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Old 01-01-2009, 07:49 AM   #13
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What some great ideas!
I was just imagining staying in the same trailer park for about 3 months or so and wondering how on earth I was going to spend my time. Now I'll go to the local volunteer place, go to church, take a course, do photography, start a journal, etc etc
Thanks people, I love this web-site.
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We were wondering the same thing, we get bored tooooo easily.
Thanks for all the great ideas.
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