Rather than approaching retirement as the end of one chapter, think of it as the beginning of another. You have every reason to celebrate after decades of working a 9 to 5, but even happy transitions can be challenging at first. We rounded up blogs that help baby boomers find fulfillment in retirement. Some blogs focus on the financial aspects of retirement, such as generating income and setting up a budget. Some focus on travel or relocating to a lower-cost-of-living state. Others are more lifestyle and community oriented. Whichever topic you are interested in, you're sure to find nuggets of wisdom amongst this diverse group of authors.
14. Retirement is Only the Beginning
When Dave embarked on his retirement journey, he quickly discovered that most resources focus on the financial side of retirement planning. His site is a resource for all the non-financial questions that come up: how do you structure your days, weeks and years? How do you build a new identity outside of work?
13. Having Fun Cracking Retirement
After a 30 year career in IT, the blogger at Cracking Retirement retired at 56 in 2011. This blog is more personal than the other ones on our list. It features life updates, including detailed "slow travel" posts.
12. Growing Bolder
Growing Bolder calls for its community to defy the cult of youth, live with passion and purpose. They publish profiles of people over 50 doing amazing things.
11. Women's Older Wisdom
WOW is a beautifully designed site that is a community for older women. Pat Taub started the blog out of frustration at the lack of resources for women 50 and older. She writes, "It’s my dream that WOW will offer a place for older women to exchange personal experiences, wisdom, humor, and resources so that we can age with dignity and not feel so alone in the process."
10. Sightings Over 60
Sightings over 60 covers health, finance, retirement and other topics for the baby boomer generation. Tom Sightings runs the site. He also writes about retirement for U.S. News & World Report.
9. Better After 50
Unlike the other blogs on this list, Better After 50 focuses on lifestyle rather than finances. You’ll find articles about travel, relationships, and diet geared towards women over 50.
8. How Much Can I Afford to Spend in Retirement
Budgeting after you’ve left the steady paycheck is no easy task. Luckily, actuaries Ken Steiner and Bobbie Kalben walk you through how to build a financial model to come up with a reasonable spending budget.
7. Retirement Researcher
If you’re mainly interested in investing, look no further. Wade Pfau, the founder of Retirement Researcher, is the Professor of Retirement Income at The American College, a higher education institution for financial planners.
6. Boomer Reinvention
Who says you can’t have multiple careers? John Tarnoff gives career development advice for workers over 50 who either can’t retire or simply don’t want to.
5. Real Deal Retirement
Editor Walter Updegrave pens a weekly “Ask Real Deal” column where he answers reader questions such as “I would like to buy an immediate annuity, but I want to know that I'm getting one from a reliable company. How can I do that?.” He offers no-nonsense advice, warning of hidden fees and conflicts of interest rife in the financial advisory business.
- Do You Really Need a Financial Advisor?
- How Should I Invest My Nest Egg For Maximum Retirement Income?
4. Satisfying Retirement
While you can find plenty of resources about retirement finances, Bob Lowry focuses on topics such as relationship-strengthening, finding your passions, time management, health and healthy living, aging issues and solutions.
- Travel and Health: Balancing Our Wishes and Our Wallet
- Friendship and Retirement: Not a Simple Combination
- Working After Retirement: Not Unusual Anymore
3. Retirement Revised
Mark Miller runs Retirement Revised. Mark is a journalist who frequently writes about retirement-related public policy issues, including reform of Social Security, Medicare and workplace retirement plans. He also wrote the book 65 Things to Do When You Retire, 65 Notable Achievers on How to Make the Most of the Rest of Your Life.
2. Aging with Freedom
High wealth, high health, high purpose: those three pillars are the cornerstone content of Aging With Freedom.
1. Retirement Manifesto
After 33 years in corporate America, Fritz Gilbert achieved early retirement in 2018 at the age of 55. He and his wife downsized to a cabin in the North Georgia mountains and are sharing their journey and lessons learned.