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Summer Fun For Empty Nesters

As an empty nester, you now have the bandwidth to do just about anything, at any time! With summer on the horizon, here are three recommendations to make the most of your summer as a retiree:

1. Get a summer job.
Yes, we said it! We're not telling you to go back to the 9-5 daily grind, but getting a summer job is great for some extra cash and to keep yourself busy. If you love working with kids, you could sign up to be a camp counselor, manage a pool or be a lifeguard. You could also apply to be a park ranger at a nearby national park or become a seasonal camp ground host. Look for opportunities in your area and ask around to see if anyone in your town is hiring extra help for the summer.

2. Plan a vacation.
As a retiree, you can now go on a vacation any time you want. But during the summer you might be able to score some great deals on destinations that offer discounts for seniors. For example, the state of South Carolina offers a great deal of senior discounts; and, it's an easy place to get to for a road trip destination! Cruises are also perfect if you want to invite your family to join you on vacation, as they offer amenities and activities for all ages. Here's a list of the 2018 best travel discounts for seniors.

3. Volunteer
. Summer is an ideal time to volunteer, especially with any organization that offers programs for children. Spend some time mentoring children, participating in story time at the library, or even volunteer at the local hospital. Most organizations can use an extra set of hands and will be grateful for the help.

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