What does “pretirement” mean?

We are not the first people to utilize the term “pretirement” and I think it means something different to everyone from early retirement to sabbatical to changing careers. In our minds, to pretire is a verb defined by taking a fixed amount of time off (10 months in this case) to do whatever we would want to do when we actually retire. Maybe this decision will require us to work an extra year or two at the end of our careers, but we both think it will be worth it for all of the memories we are about to make. To maximize our vacation time has required hours of planning and to afford the trip has required years of saving. We want to make the most of this unique opportunity by packing in as much fun as possible. I know our definition of fun can be very different from that of other people, so please take a minute to think about what you would do with a pretirement year.