For more and more retirees, the end of their professional careers marks a new chapter in their lives and provides an opportunity to do and try some of the things they’ve always dreamed of. For this reason, bucket lists have become an increasingly popular way of ensuring people make the most of their well-earned end of working life. While it’s not all bungee jumping and yoga retreats – you may also want to think about practical considerations like a funeral plan in order to ensure your wish fulfillment doesn’t leave your family with a financial burden – retirement should be about making the most of life and taking as much from it as possible.
Skyding is one of those things that seems to be on everyone’s bucket list, no matter how old you are. Whether it’s the idea of conquering your fear of heights or the adrenaline rush of throwing yourself out a plane at 12,000 feet that propels you to do it, skydiving is one of the activities you’ll never forget and is one that can often keep you coming back for more. Interestingly, age isn’t really a factor in being able to jump, so if you were thinking of using your retirement as an excuse not to do it, take a look at this 101 year old grandad who went skydiving with the rest of his family.
Cross a continent
In a tourism industry defined by budget flights and low cost travel options, it’s rare to hear about someone travelling all the way across a continent without flying. Whether it’s driving across the USA on the iconic Route 66, making your way through Asia on the Trans-Siberian Railway or following the historical route of the world famous Oriental Express, travelling the length of a continent is an exhilarating experience that you’ll never forget.
See one of the Seven Wonders of the World
If you want to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, you’ll have to choose which list of seven wonders you want to use. There’s the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and the Seven Wonders of the Modern World to name but a few. However, what really matters is that you get to visit some of the most breathtaking and beautiful structures in the history of mankind. Whether it’s the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Taj Mahal, the Golden Gate Bridge, Great Barrier Reef, Machu Picchu or the Empire State Building, it’s a trip that’s sure to leave a lasting impression and is definitely one for the bucket list.
Learn to dance
There are a lot of things we put off doing while we’re working because we consider them superfluous or too time consuming to pursue at the time. Now you’re retired, it’s time to take up all those hobbies and activities you never got round to. One of the most commonly cited of these is learning to dance. For the traditionalists out there, it could be learning to waltz; for something a little bit more modern, jive or swing; and for those that appreciate a Latin beat, salsa or tango. Whichever style you opt for, the joy is in expressing yourself, keeping active and learning something new, as demonstrated by these retired dancers.
See the Northern Lights
Finally, no bucket list would be complete without one of the most impressive natural phenomena on the planet, the Aurora Borealis. Otherwise known as the Northern Lights, this impressive celestial show can be experienced from a number of countries around the world, including Iceland, Canada and Russia, but if you’re looking for something a little closer to home, it’s also possible to see them in some parts of Scotland’s northern extremities.