Live Your Best Retired Life: The Ultimate Bucket List

Retirement can be as relaxing or as adventurous as you make it. But one thing’s for sure; you don’t want to get bored. So, what are you going to do with all that extra time you’ve suddenly got on your hands? Make the most of your new-found freedom and get out there now. Whether it’s starting a new hobby at home or heading to far-flung destinations across the globe, the world really is your oyster now, so what are you waiting for? Take a look at our ultimate retirement bucket list and see how many of the 30 activities you can cross off over the coming years.


The Ultimate Bucket List for Retirees


  • Go on a cruise and see as much of the world as you can
  • Learn a new instrument with your partner, such as the guitar piano
  • Hire a motorhome and travel around New Zealand
  • Go on a hot air balloon ride in one of your favorite destinations
  • Start a monthly book club with your friends
  • Start a new creative hobby, such as learning to crochet
  • See the Northern Lights in Norway, Finland or Iceland



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  • Finally get to grips with your legal affairs and organize your will; free sites such as Beyond can help
  • Write your memoir to hand down to your children and grandchildren
  • Volunteer some time on a regular basis for a local charity
  • Get your family together and renew your wedding vows
  • Go on holiday to the place where you went on your honeymoon
  • Head to the local shelter and adopt a rescue dog to keep you active
  • Spend more time with your grandchildren
  • Ride the Orient Express across Europe
  • Research your family tree and get in touch with long-lost relatives
  • Spend the winter in a hot country and avoid the cold and miserable weather
  • Drive across America on the world-famous Route 66
  • Throw caution to the wind and go skinny dipping
  • Hit up the casinos in Las Vegas


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  • Head to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or the Red Sea in Egypt and try scuba diving
  • Get an allotment and grow vegetables for you and your family
  • Take up a new form of exercise to keep you happy and healthy, such as yoga or dancing
  • Join a dating website if you’re single
  • Join the National Trust and cross off at least one new property a month
  • Redecorate and renovate your house
  • Go in search of the ‘big five’ on a safari in Africa
  • Indulge in regular spa treatments
  • Clear out the loft, dig out all your old photos and organize them into proper albums
  • Do whatever you want, whenever you want and have no one else tell you otherwise


Have you done any of the activities listed above already? If so, how many? And which one is next on your list? The golden years can be the most exciting time of your life. After all, life begins at retirement!

About Nia McKenna

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Nia is an Associate Editor at The Fairytale Traveler and self diagnosed travel junkie. Having traveled to 5 of the 7 continents, her love of good food and culture is a force to be reckoned with. When she isn't off adventuring with her husband, which she writes about on her blog CircaWanderlust, she can be found with a good cup of tea cuddling her pups and taking pictures of her food. She loves black and white movies and could listen to Elvis on repeat.

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