Retirement bucket list ideas
Retiring from work brings with it incredible freedom to pursue new things, but can also be a bit daunting to begin with.
Whether you’re on the brink of retirement or have already been retired a few years, takin a moment to draw up a “bucket list” can be a great way to help identify new interests and passions.
Sit down with a cup of tea and a notepad and start with this simple exercise. Begin a sentence with “wouldn’t it be great if…” and write down whatever answer comes to mind. It might be something practical like, wouldn’t it be great if we had a clean wardrobe, to something more aspirational like wouldn’t it be great to travel the world.
The beauty of the exercise is it helps you identify things you’re interested in – and then you can later use these to set goals.
Need further inspiration for your bucket list? Here’s some of the most common aspirations for when you retire, as chosen by a survey of 2,000 retirees :
- Revisit your original honeymoon destination
- Go hiking in the Lake District
- See the Northern Lights
- Travel a country from end to end
- Volunteer for a charity
- Stand on all seven continents
- Learn to cook to a professional level
- Write a book or memoir
- Trace your family tree
- Try surfing, scuba diving or sailing
- Start a business
- Climb Britain’s highest peaks
- Ride an elephant
- Live abroad
- Travel America’s Route 66
- Build your own house
- Renew your wedding vows
- Sort the loft out
What’s on your retirement bucket list? Share your ideas in the comments below!
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