How can I start thinking about my bucket list for retirement?

Often when we ask our clients what their goals in retirement are, they struggle to come up with ideas.

Yet, many have more than enough to fund their day-to-day lifestyle without fear of running out of money. But still it’s sometimes harder than you can imagine to remember or recall lost dreams.

It may be that we have been doing what we do for so long that it’s hard to think – or see – outside the box.

There is nothing wrong with carrying on but, to help you start to think about what your ‘bucket list’ for retirement might be, we’ve put together some tempters. Think of this as a smorgasbord that invites you to sample any of the morsels that you fancy.

A bucket list was popularised by the film of the same name starring Jack Nicholson. It’s a list of things that you would like to do before you ‘kick the bucket’.

Matching our own preferences, our list centres on travel experiences. Maybe these are not your bag, let alone your bucket. This doesn’t matter – as long as we’ve got you thinking.

You ready?

[Deep breath…]

  • Gold Pagoda
  • Plan a trip in Italy
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • See the Palio
  • Visit San Francisco
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Experience Japan
  • See Latin America
  • Machu Picchu
  • Visit Californian vineyards
  • Iceland
  • Angkor Watt
  • Great Wall of China
  • Galapagos islands
  • Visit the Taj Mahal
  • Visit Patagonia
  • Go to the Himalayas
  • Take a trip to Easter Island
  • Go to Jerusalem
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Visit Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Go to Bora Bora
  • Pyramids in Egypt
  • British Michelin starred restaurants
  • Great Barrier Reef scuba diving
  • Eco-lodge in the rainforest canopy
  • Run with the bulls!
  • Rocky Mountain train
  • The best classic car show in the world
  • The sporting trip of a lifetime
  • Own a racehorse
  • Spanish tomato throwing!
  • The Big Sur
  • Holi Festival in India
  • Drive a Ferrari in Italy
  • Cool and unique lodges
  • Train journeys of the world
  • Fastest zipwire in the world
  • 50 best restaurants in the world
  • Balloon flights
  • Whisky tour
  • Ride the Orient Express
  • Cycle in Europe
  • Oktoberfest
  • Join the National Trust
  • See the opera in Verona
  • The North Coast 500
  • Walk Hadrian’s Wall
  • World’s 50 best bars
  • Skydive
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Go Backpacking in Europe
  • Visit Niagara Falls
  • Drive across America
  • African Safari
  • See New England in the fall
  • Whale Watching
  • Ride a Gondola in Venice
  • Go to the Monaco grand prix
  • See cherry blossoms in Japan
  • Trek through the Amazon