There are numerous clichés about age; forty is the ‘top of the hill’, ‘life begins at fifty’ and of course the party animal eighteen year old to name a few. People look forward to certain milestones in their lives, and one milestone that the majority of people look forward to is the retirement age. Although this age keeps rising, people plan what they will do when they have retired and how they will be able to afford all of the things they want to do. Hopefully, most people will have undertaken a lot of retirement planning throughout the course of their life so they have enough money to live comfortably and do things they wouldn’t usually do like go on an extended holiday or even volunteer full time. If a person has not started planning for how they will cope with retirement financially, they need to start thinking about it.
Many financial advisers recommend using a ‘retirement calculator’. This will tell people when they can retire so they can start planning how many years they have to save money as part of their own pension plan. However, there is more to retirement than just living a comfortable life; retirement is for having fun and doing things you could never do before.
Many retirees who have worked all of their life may find that, after a few weeks rest, they begin to miss work. Many people enjoy having a routine and feeling like they are doing something worthwhile. The social aspects of volunteering are also good for retirees as they continue to make new friends and have a group of people to talk to every day. A person will only be able to volunteer if they have saved enough money throughout their life to not need a paying job after they retire. Volunteers often find that giving something back to the community, or working towards something they’re passionate about, is a great way of keeping alert and healthy.
Other people who retire may want to spend a lot of money on a lifetime ambition, for example, on a road trip across the US with a friend or partner. This can cost thousands of pounds, but if a person has been thinking about it for some time and has saved up the money they need through their pension plan provider and through their own personal account, they will be able to afford to do whatever it is that they want to do.
For some people, life does begin at retirement as they are able to do what they want to do without the pressures of work. However, to be able to have this luxury, it is important that people plan for their retirement throughout their working life.