The key to having a healthy retirement, and enjoying yourself in the process, is keeping yourself busy. Research carried out by Skipton Building Society shows that one in five of us are worried that they won’t be fit enough to tick the items off their bucket list when they retire, whilst 43 per cent of people imagine their retirement years will be some of the most exciting of their life.
Whichever category you may fall into, there’s no time like the present to make a retirement bucket list! Stuck for ideas? Here are some of the top plans that people have made and shared online.
The general jist of most people’s bucket lists seems to be travel, travel, travel! Most listed “general sight-seeing” as top of their to-do list. To narrow it down a bit more; train trips, a trip to Stonehenge, and travelling by hot air balloon seemed to feature heavily.
After something a bit more 'out there'?
Seeing the Northern Lights, tackling Route 66 in America, and a visit to the Great Wall of China also made frequent appearances.
If travel isn’t your thing, some people choose to use their retirement to indulge in old hobbies, or to try something new! Spa treatments are a perfect idea for those after a bit of pampering. Fond of nature? Some choose to take up a National Trust membership. Benefits include free days out at National Trust parks, free magazines, and lots of other goodies!
For the foodies, exploring new and exciting restaurants can be a delightful way to spend your time. Whether it's trying out the latest trendy spot or revisiting old favourites, the culinary world has a lot to offer for retirees with a taste for adventure.
Family comes first.
If you don’t want to leave the family out, some other options often mentioned include taking younger relatives to see Santa, or splashing out on a trip to Disneyland! If you have relatives abroad, pay them a visit.
If for whatever reason you fancy sticking around the house a little bit more, some opt for cosier options such as taking up a new craft or DIY project, spending more time with grandchildren, and sorting the dreaded loft out.
Whatever you fancy doing when you retire, be it keeping your plans modest or reaching for the stars, the important thing is to keep an eye on your finances in the run up to it. Retirement Line could help you with the finance side of it all. We're here to help you maximise your retirement income. Contact us today.