I hate to think about the day I retire, simply because I love driving buses so much. I recall almost all of my trips over the years, from taking scores of children to The Big Rocking Horse in South Australia through to the over 50′s tour of the Kimberly Ranges in Western Australia. There hasn’t been a trip that I regret and I have met so many people and had so many remarkable experiences driving tour buses I could fill a book. However, like everyone, I know that someday I will have to retire and give up my bus driving. I am not looking forward to this day, but I do have a retirement plan.
Once I give up driving my tour bus I plan on selling up the family home and moving into a retirement village close to my kids. I want more time to play with the grandkids and to be able to take them fishing on the weekends and school holidays would be fantastic. One of the hardest things about driving a tour bus is to remain active and I also plan on taking up golf and lawn bowls so that I remain active during retirement. I have worked hard to remain at a healthy weight while driving buses and I don’t want to let myself go when I retire. I also plan on doing some bus tours when I retire, but this time as a paying customer.
I am fortunate to have a son-in-law who works in the finance industry and he has given me lots of advice regarding my retirement finance plan. He was the one that helped me learn to use online resources such as this one to compare super funds to make sure that my fund was giving me the very best performance possible. By his calculations I have increased my retirement savings by as much as $30,000 by doing this. He has also helped me make some sound investment choices, which I’m hoping will be able to provide for my lifestyle during retirement. I was never much good with money so I am very thankful for my son-in-law’s advice.
Preparing for the Big Day
It will be hard to remove the keys and walk out of the bus for the last time, but I have been trying to get myself used to the idea of retiring from my job in a gradual way. Firstly, I have reduced the number of hours I am working each week and I have stopped driving any long term tour buses. I have also begun to share some of my insights with the other drivers and they have been very thankful that I’ve been able to do this for them. My company has also been gracious enough to offer me open access to the office any time I want to drop in after a retire to catch up with all of my mates. I have no doubt that there will be many times I pop into the old bus depot to catch up with all the going ons in the company.