Are you bored with being stuck inside during this coronavirus quarantine? What better way to pass the time than create a bucket list? The excitement of planning a trip may be just what you need to take your mind off things. Making a bucket list is simple in itself as it is all about what you want to do, so what are things that you can do to make your bucket list?
The first step is to think about all the things you want to see, do, and accomplish with the rest of your life. Take out a piece of paper or open your computer, choose a beautiful font, and begin with a single idea, type it out – the first one that pops into your head.
What were the things you wanted to accomplish when you were younger? What are other people doing? What are the things that you want? What places have you been dying to see? So many questions to ask, and the answers can all go on that precious list.
Sometimes it’s hard to filter the millions of possibilities onto one list; it’s difficult even to imagine half of those possibilities the rest of the time. Thankfully, we are in a modern age where information is at your fingertips! Books and the internet detail the best places to see, movies to watch, and you can find thousands of other people’s bucket lists, articles, or blogs.
It’s effortless to add heavenly places on the other side of the planet, accomplishments that anyone would be proud of, and jaw-dropping activities that would make your bucket list glow in a godlike manner. Realistically, are you going to abseil inside a volcano? Or try to wrestle a lion? Or trek through an uncharted jungle?
Keep in mind a budget, a time frame, and have points on your bucket list that can challenge you, but not so much to the point where you aren’t able to complete or achieve them – an uncompleted bucket list is not your friend!
We have put together our top 20 Retirement Bucket List ideas, items we would think everyone needs to have on their list:
- Go to Wimbledon
The epitome of British summer, with strawberries, cream, and a glass of bubbly watching the greats battle it out on the idyllic lawn center court or taking in the atmosphere of Henman Hill.
- Have a Weekend in the Lake District
Described as one of Britain’s best places to experience the outdoors with its network of lakes, valleys, and woodland. Where better to take a walk and breathe in some fresh air while enjoying picturesque views.
- Experience Edinburgh Festival
A culmination of art, culture, and vibrancy, what a way to indulge in great music, theatre, and artistic talent in an iconic city.
- Take a Stroll on the Pembrokeshire Coast
Experience true beauty as you take in blue skies, the turquoise-colored ocean, and the flourish of flowers.
- See Hadrian’s Wall
Not as ‘visible’ as the Great Wall of China, but this Roman wall, built-in 122AD to separate the civilized from the barbarians, is a marvel to see with ruins still visible of life from another era.
- Wonder at the Stone Formations of Stonehenge
A British cultural icon and one of the most famous landmarks in the world, this mysterious site is a must-see.
- Save a Life
Give blood – many people would not be alive today if it weren’t for the generosity of donors.
- Make a Road Trip Across the US
The famous Route 66 is a popular road trip, taking in sights of Las Vegas, California, and San Francisco. One for the bucket list, whatever your age.
- See the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are one of nature’s gorgeous displays, a free, multicolored light show that is most commonly seen in the Arctic regions.
- Do Some Charity Work
Not only will it make you feel great, but you’re giving to a great cause and making a difference in some aspects to someone else’s life and work.
- Learn Another Language
Something many of us would love to achieve. It’s not an easy task, but never too late to learn.
- Have a Makeover
We’re often so busy in life that we can forget to pamper ourselves sometimes. Why not make it a bucket list item to have a complete transformation, you never know you might discover a new you.
- Travel on the Orient Express
The famous Orient Express is something made of dreams. Not cheap, but a once in a lifetime experience.
- Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Great Pyramid of Giza. Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Temple of Artemis. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Colossus of Rhodes. Lighthouse of Alexandria. These unique structures are defiantly worth a visit.
- Go in a Hot Air Balloon
Again not cheap, but you’ll experience the sky and views over the landscape on a different level. With some packages offering champagne and food, it’s an attractive bucket list idea to tick off.
- Go on a Safari
Head out to Africa and see some of the world’s most exotic animals, such as lions, zebra, and elephants! You’ll also reap the benefits of constant sunshine, just think about all of the Vitamin D you’ll be getting.
- Take Dance Classes
Before you hit the dance floor, however, it may be a good idea to take some lessons. Not only is dancing great fun, but it’s also a great form of exercise for your entire body.
- Take a Skydive
One for the daredevils out there. Experience adrenaline like never before as you jump out of a plane and parachute back down to earth.
- Dine-in a 5-Star Michelin Restaurant
Treat yourself, and your loved one, to a fancy meal in a 5-Star Michelin restaurant. You’re guaranteed to taste some of the best food and drinks from around the world.
- Go Sailing
Head out into the water and learn how to sail! Not only is this fun and unique, but it also provides an excellent workout for your muscles.
Start your Bucket List Journey
A bucket list is a perfect way to ensure that you get to do all those things that you have always wanted to do. Your next life adventure awaits. Get started on your bucket list!
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