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Planning Retirement Online

Where to do Your Research

On the previous page of this Guide, you will find some links that will give you ideas for days out. If we are going to explore our local area (see the Introduction), part of the fun might be doing the research and unearthing all the great places to see and things to do on a day out. The more research that we do, the more exciting places and experiences will open up for us, providing enjoyment, the ability to keep mentally and physically fit and the opportunity to meet new people.

Getting Out and About links

So as well as looking on the links on the previous page, where else can we go to in order to find out what's out there for us? If you don't like to rely solely on the Internet to do research, then a trip to your local council may reap dividends. Most councils will be able to tell you about at least some of the attractions in the area and will probably provide you with some literature, too. The council website will also provide information, of course. There are also tourist information centres throughout the country, so be a tourist in your local area and go to your local information centre to find out what's available to you. Go to to find the locations of all the tourist information centres in England, Scotland and Wales. Going to the local council offices and/or your tourist information centre might, in itself, be the catalyst for a day out. Chatting to people about what is available might give them the opportunity of telling you about their own favourite place to visit, so you might be able to follow their recommendation there and then! Talk to your friends, family and neighbours, too. We all have our favourite places to visit and the more people we talk to the more ideas we will get. We will probably be able to tell them about some places to go to and things to do that they haven't heard about, too, so it's an exchange of knowledge that will help everyone.

There are, of course, lots of sources of information on the Internet and so, having read this Guide, you can start your research straight away by looking at some of the relevant websites. One very good one, on which you type in your post code and then have access to lots of local attractions, is  It's kept right up to date and when you type in your address you'll be amazed at all the things that are there in your locality that you didn't know about.

Here on Laterlife we have the One-armed Bandit that is great fun and has hundreds of ideas about things to do and places to go. They don't all involve days out but go to , click on the handle as many times as you like and find lots of ideas. It's fun and informative!

For those of us with grandchildren, there's a very good website called . As with, just put in your post code and discover lots of ideas for taking out the grandchildren for the day.

Getting out and about is one of the joys of later life. Not only that, it's good for us, too, in that it helps to keep us fit both physically and mentally as well as allowing to meet lots of new people. So do your research and start to reap the pleasure and the benefits of discovering all about your local area and other places in this wonderful country of ours. Click on the links in the box above, read the rest of this Guide and then get out and about.

This Guide to What to do in Retirement is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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