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Retired? Tips for the best Summer ever!

Whether you’re newly retired or have had a few retired summers under your belt, we’ve got some great tips for making the most of your summer as a retiree. While living within your means, you can still have a great time enjoying your retirement.

Check out your nearest farmer’s market.

Farmer’s markets are often a fun, community-based way to support local growers, artists, and other small business owners. Did you know the USDA has compiled a directory of farmer’s markets? Check it out here! Simply select your state to see all farmer’s markets available in your area.

Go for a hike.

There are plenty of trails in Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado (and lots of other places, too!) that offer varying levels of difficulty and distance. Visit the National Park Service’s website to search for parks near your state. You can even search on their website for things like “easy hikes,” to get results for many different parks at once (click here). Be sure to stay safe!

Play in the water.

Summer heat can be hard to beat, but taking a break to play in the water can be refreshing and fun! Taking a road trip or other vacation to a beach destination can provide the perfect break from reality. Don’t want to go all the way to a beach just to enjoy some surf? Visit your local community center, water park, or hike to a hot springs to enjoy a mini vacation.

Take advantage of free National Park entrance days.

There are several days throughout the year that allow you to enter any National Park free of charge. For example, August 25-28, 2016 is the celebration of the National Park Service’s birthday! Plan your vacation ahead of time to get the most out of our country’s National Parks…. for free! (Other dates later this year can be found here, on the NPS website.)

Write your memoirs.

You’ve worked hard to learn your life lessons — why leave others out of the loop? Your family and friends likely will love reading about your experiences! If thinking of writing your whole life story is intimidating, just write down one story or memory at a time. Start by asking yourself questions, and writing about the answers. (For example, What is your earliest memory? What event in your childhood had the most impact on your life as an adult? What word would you most like people to associate with you? What do your pet peeves reveal about you? For a more questions, check out this list by author and editor Jeri Walker.)

Read something new.

With so many books out there, why not read something new? If you’re looking for something new to read, check out this list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by the online bookshelf community GoodReads. Books on that list fit within a wide range of genres and styles, so there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy!

Whatever you decide to do this summer, have fun and stay safe!