It seems as if COVID is a factor here. Lots of people are feeling restless, and apparently airbnb’s and VRBO’s have low inventory because so many want to go away briefly, and don’t trust hotels. Maybe you should try a quick trip- in a place that is safely sanitized and where you could quarantine comfortably or in a state where there is no quarantine.
I also read that RV’s are going like hot cakes.
As for the larger question on being 60 or older, still needing to be productive and thinking about a big change at this transitional time of life (kids grown, retirement looming), I often think someone needs to write a book. People use to be a lot older than they are now! The period after retirement age may include working, or not, but it is an important phase and so many of us are confused about how to use it.
Personally, I have been in a kind of limbo for a couple of years. Sold my house after divorce, elderly mother was on hospice (but is now stable), and I got into a pattern of seasonal rentals, partly due to uncertainty and partly due to low inventory of rentals in my area. Two kids across the country whom I miss. Of course, who knows where they will live in the next few years.
I feel like breaking out and moving to the SW or SoCal (one kid is there) but am tied down with my mother.
COVID is very restricting and can make us feel trapped, I think. Nice that some of you have experienced this period of restriction as practice retirement, and that it has helped some come to some decisions, even if they involve some sadness.
I often think this period would be easier with a partner, but then again, some of my married friends envy my extensive time alone