Following on from last week’s blog about retirement being the age of adventure I thought it would be nice to check out exactly what people have on their retirement bucket lists.
Google the term ‘retirement bucket list’ and you are spoilt for choice. Titled the ‘Ultimate Bucket List’ this one caught my eye!
Certain items come as no real surprise; seeing the Northern Lights, driving Route 66 and visiting the Great Wall of China, whereas others aren’t quite so obvious.
Alongside exotic, far flung travel are grandparents looking to spend more time with their grandchildren, community hearted individuals looking to immerse themselves in charitable work, others looking to learn new skills and then there’s also simple pleasures such as getting up late (no alarm clock required) and having the time to finish projects they never had time for. And there is definitely one in particular that I didn’t expect to see there – I’ll let you guess!
This extensive list is the finding of a survey carried out by Skipton Building Society of 2000 people and their retirement ‘must do’s’.
So, here it is…
The Ultimate ‘RETIREMENT BUCKET LIST’
2. Just do what you want, when you want
4. See the Northern Lights
5. Spend more time with / look after the grandchildren
6. Live abroad / get a second home abroad
7. Buy a dog
8. Train trips
9. Grow own vegetables / start an allotment
10. Travel Europe in a camper van
11. Re-visit original honeymoon destinations
12. Cake making
13. Charity work
14. Do Route 66 in America
15. Go on safari
16. Learn a foreign language
17. Visit the Great Wall of China
18. Tea at the Ritz
19. Put decades of photos in photo albums
20. Gardening project
21. Gamble in Las Vegas
22. Re-decorate / renovation project
23. Getting spa treatments
24. Take the grandchildren to Disneyland
26. Build your own house
27. Help your kids with some DIY
28. Renew wedding vows
29. Bus tours
30. Swimming with dolphins
31. Visit relatives abroad
32. Lake District hiking
33. Have an affair with a younger man / woman
34. Trip to Stonehenge
35. Write a book
36. National Trust membership
37. Meet Father Christmas / take the children to meet Father Christmas
38. Hot air balloon ride
39. Work on family tree / track down long-lost relatives
40. Scuba diving in the Maldives
41. Volunteer in the local animal shelter / dog walking
42. Get a face lift / cosmetic surgery
43. Ride an elephant
44. Cooking lessons
45. Hiking around the world
46. Paint / make art / attend art classes
47. Sort the loft out
48. Not get up before midday every day
49. Volunteer for community or local school
50. Be a Brown Owl in Brownies / Akela in Scouts
We hope that this list has provided you with some retirement adventure inspiration. Have they got it covered or is your ‘must do’ missing? We’d love to hear of any additions that you feel should be added.
Thanks for reading!