This past year I took a leaf out of my English kids book where they and many of their peers took off for a year of travel after they graduated from "uni." (college/university). This isn't jet set travel, but a year of working in various short term places to fund a flight.
At a much older age, I decided to have a "Senior Gap Year!" This is the first year after retirement....and I have to say I used the money left to me by my mother when she passed away. In a way, the trip was to honour both her and dad; and to spend some time on my identity before this stage of my life filled up with "stuff." I want this stage of life to be done "on purpose," with purpose and with something I never had when I was working: work/life balance!
(for my Senior Gap Year Road Trip blog, please see: www.kathleenmcanearsmith.com)
Check out the blog from a friend of mine in Australia.....and see what good idea you come up with in the New Year: