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 :

  1. Revisit your original honeymoon destination
  2. Go hiking in the Lake District
  3. See the Northern Lights
  4. Travel a country from end to end
  5. Volunteer for a charity
  6. Stand on all seven continents
  7. Learn to cook to a professional level
  8. Write a book or memoir
  9. Trace your family tree
  10. Try surfing, scuba diving or sailing
  11. Start a business
  12. Climb Britain’s highest peaks
  13. Ride an elephant
  14. Live abroad
  15. Travel America’s Route 66
  16. Build your own house
  17. Renew your wedding vows
  18. Sort the loft out

What’s on your retirement bucket list? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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mac the builder
3rd Jul 2018
Thanks for voting!
I've just come back from 19 days holiday in Bulgaria. I've considered taking up skiing and horse riding, but decided to take up kayaking as its safer.

Went kayaking last week, its so sunny at present, the water is warm, so falling in is not a problem.

Theirs a lot to do and the clock is ticking!!!!
Margaret Hart
3rd Jul 2018
Thanks for voting!
I had to retire early in 1996 due to ill health ssoeven then I knew I would have to rewrite my bucket list as my ability to move was reduced as well as other problems. Then thanks to George Brown we only received about one twelfth of our private pension and there was nothing we could do to make up for that. My ideal would have been to travel to as many places as we could but we now have to be satisfied with a cruise every two or three years although we are very lucky this year as our son is taking us on a cruise for our 50th anniversary which is fantastic. We both have lots of hobbies me all different crafts and David Model Railway, boats etc. We used to have a boat which we had to give up both because of my health and to form part of our pension fund but we had expected to cruise on our own for a further 5 years at least. I have a friend who has moved to Spain and I can go there whenever i wish to stay with them. As we now have two dogs which we adore my husband stays at home with them when I go there not just to look after them but because kennels which we use for main holidays cost approx £200 for a week. Apart from that we don’t do much apart from look after the garden which is large and our hobbies. We also go to a classic car club as we used to have a Triumph Stag and since we sold it we still go to the meetings to keep up with all the friends we had their. I go to a craft group and a book club as I am an avid reader. We won’t be the only couple whose dreams have had to alter and some people will have never had the chances through there lives for all the things we’ve done. Before I was 10 I strongly believed I had been born to travel and by the time I was 20 I had been all over Europe and that year went to the USA and Canada. Although we may be very disappointed we know we are very lucky in comparison to many.

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