Ask the Readers: How Would You Like to Spend Your Retirement?

By Ashley Jacobs on 4 August 2015 63 comments

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Monique, Pam, and Lynda for winning this week's contest!

It can't be stressed enough how important it is to save for your retirement. But how much you need to save really depends on how you want to spend your golden years. Some people want to travel, some want to stay home and spend time with family, and others want to continue working some of the time.

How would you like to spend your retirement? Will you spend it at home or abroad? Are your finances on track for your retirement plans?

Tell us how you would like to spend your retirement and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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kyrat

I want to relax. No working unless I find something very interesting.

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Renee

I hope to travel, remain active, and read all the books I never seem to have time for now!

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Susan Smith

I'd love to spend my retirement traveling.

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Ernest S.

My dream retirement would be to travel the world!

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Gina

I'd love to spend my retirement reading all the books I've wanted to read and being cozy at home. Unfortunately, I'll never be able to retire.

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Jay H

Lots of travel!

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Hilary

To be able to travel and do the things I love

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Elena

I would like to travel around Europe when I retire

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Guest

I want to have land and a nice house with a big garden and lots of chickens. But I also want to have easy access to a city and friends and family.

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Tina in NJ

I'd like to go on one US trip and one international trip each year. My husband enjoys volunteer travel, so we'll probably do that. I want to learn and create; a class on wood turning is on the list. Everyone will be getting candlesticks for Christmas that year!

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Liisa R

By the ocean, seeing family and traveling, working part time and volunteering.

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Mary Happymommy

I'd like to retire in the mountains or near the beach.

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Dawn Monroe

If money wasnt an option I would spend my retirement with my husband traveling through America in a decked out RV.

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Amanda Sakovitz

I want to relax on a condo on the beach.

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alona

Abroad :)

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Betty

I would like to spend my retirement close to the beach. I would like friends and voluteer work to keep me busy. I would like to volunteer in a state park. So far I think my finances are on track!

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Susan P.

I'd like to spend my retirement traveling to places I have not been and utilizing my savings wisely.

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Jeff

we would like to travel the backroads of US and Canada

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Rebecca B. A. R.

I want to not have to worry about bills, live in a tiny house, be around my family and friends, volunteer with my church, missionary groups, and animal shelters, and travel a little.

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Natalie

I want to spend my retirement living on a lake.

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Guest

Spoiling my grandkids! :)

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KelR1

I want to travel extensively! I have to start saving a heck of a lot more in order to accomplish this goal.

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Guest

I would love to retire near the beach.

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tricia

I hope to travel and stop to smell the roses more often! Thanks for the chance to win a gift card!

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lostAnnfound

We plan on traveling in our camper and work part-time on the road, hopefully as camp hosts in state/national parks so we can supplement our retirement $$, or at least spend less of them while working in campgrounds (most offer a free campsite if you work as a camp host).

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An G

We would love to get a little beach house on the intercoastal of NC and have some small jobs on the side.

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Lizz

I want to live in Puerto Rico and do all the hobbies I don't have time to do now.

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SRK

I would want to scale back and just take life a little easier - less obligations, simpler living and the freedom to say no.

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Elle

I would spend it closer to home and doubt I'd travel much.

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Mercedes Mejia

I would like to live by the water, spend time with my daughter and do community work for the church to help sick and elderly people. Do some traveling also.
Thank you for the opportunity!

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Guest

I want to travel and remain active.

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Nancy

I am already easing into "retirement," and so far I have it all. Work: I'm continuing to earn some money from writing and have add another minor income stream from tutoring. Family: My husband and I care for our two grandchildren two days a week, plus occasional evenings and have an extended family dinner about once a week. We also go on vacation with the family every other year. Learn new things: Recently, I took golf lessons and now play 9 holes once a week with my husband. I'm also planning on learning Spanish. Giving back, being useful: I volunteer with the state fish and wildlife department which involves me with a wide variety of activities. Staying physically active: I exercise 6 days a week--water aerobics, workout videos, walks with my daughter, golf. One area I'd to beef up--more cultural engagement (plays, concerts, art museums)--but we're on a limited budget.

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Christie

Hoping to travel extensively! We love to travel and I can't wait to see more of the world.

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Robin

I want to relax and walk to the beat of my own drum, not sticking to any regimented schedule. I want to read, help others, and love my family and dog. Can't wait!

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Denise L

I'd like to travel all over the place in the US and abroad. Hopefully I'll have some grandkids to love on too.

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Michelle D.

I would love to spend it traveling!

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Catseye

I'm not sure exactly how I want to spend retirement, but I certainly don't want to spend it working 40 hours a week.

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Heather @ Simply Save

I want to spend retirement working in some way, on things that are fun for me! Pet sitting, maybe run a doggie daycare, consulting...things that are fun and low pressure. I'd also like to travel, volunteer, and read a lot of books!

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Elena

I hope to travel.

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Karen L

I'd like to spend time enjoying my family and traveling.

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Patrick

I'll echo what others have said, relax, work optionally, travel and spend time with my family.

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Jase Silversmith

Travel the world and experience different cultures!

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Monique

Like others have mentioned, I'd like to be able to travel with friends, but also meet new people along the way. It'd also be nice to have time to really get into some hobbies like gardening and hiking.

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Margaret

DH and I have discussed and we want to be able to cut back on working (he is self-employed) while remaining active and be able to take one vacation together each year.

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Dana

I would love to have the time to volunteer at a women's shelter.
And more time with the grandchildren.

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Suz_Glo

I'd like to spend my retirement traveling a lot & working a fun, part-time job in-between trips.

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Chong

I would spend time with my grandkids and garden.

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Caroline

Travel and stay for three months and move on to the next destination

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Maura

I am within two years of retirement and I'm telling everyone that the very first thing I plan to do is take a cross country trip, from east coast to west and back again, visit all the sights I've always wanted to see. Hope my dream comes true. After that, anything I want to.

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Lynda

i'd like to spend my retirement traveling

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CynthiaD

I would like to spend my retirement living in Italy, where my parents are from, and living a simple life filled with fresh food, family, friends and community.

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Abby

I'd love to spend retirement on the beach with my family.

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Donna D.

I'd like to do some traveling and make my garden larger.

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Linda

I would use it close to home for basic essentials like medicine and groceries and gas and have savings put aside should anything arise rather than spend it on traveling.

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JOYCE

Taking the time to enjoy friends and family

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Amy F;)

When I retire, I want to do missions work in the US and overseas (and spend time with my grandkids, of course;).

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Audrey H

Spending time with my husband, travelling some and staying active.

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Carmen

Farming and designing.

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Sheryl

I just want to live according to my own schedule, go where I want and do what I want.

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Selene Montgomery

Already living our dream - living full time in our RV.

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J. Pario

Freelance writer, artist, voice actor, and all-around Creative.

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Happy Love

I want to spend more time volunteering.

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RICH

I would throw away the alarm clock and get up when the dogs wake me.

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Matt

I want to relax and travel!

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Liz

I want to travel, read and play tennis!

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Thomas Murphy

I would like to spend my retirement in FL.