Create Your Own Bucket List

Bucket list
How many things have you done in the last five years that you consider to be meaningful? You can bet that you’ll have even more meaningful experiences over the next five years if you create a bucket list.

You might consider a bucket list to be silly or something that you should have done earlier in your retirement, but it’s never too late to start examining your life and prioritizing your time.

Create a bucket list that fills you with enthusiasm:

  1. Start with childhood. You had a lot of great ideas when you were a child. You’ve forgotten many of them or dismiss them as silly childhood dreams. Now is the time to dust them off and reconsider. What did you want to do and see as a child?

  2. Check out other bucket lists on the internet. You’ll be amazed at some of the things you’ll find that you’ve never considered. Get inspiration from others.

  3. Brainstorm. Take an day to work on your list. Turn off all your electronic devices and allow your imagination to run wild. Write down everything that comes to mind without judging it. You can evaluate your list at another time. It might be easier to come up with ideas if you consider particular categories one at a time.

  • Travel. Where have you always wanted to visit? Consider places near and far. Maybe there’s a famous burger joint in the next town or a state park you’d like to visit. Remember that the world is big, but largely accessible. In one day, you can find yourself anywhere on Earth.

  • Sports. Have you ever wanted to try hang gliding or learn how to ice skate backwards? Run a marathon or try deep sea diving?

  • Adventure. Ride a camel across the desert? Fly in a helicopter? Try your hand at zip lining? Ride across the US or Canada on a motorcycle? Swim with dolphins?

  • Events. Maybe you’ve always wanted to attend a Super Bowl or watch the Rolling Stones live. Do you have a favorite comedian you’d like to see? Watch the northern lights? Watch a famous opera or ballet?

  • Creativity. Write a book or song? Learn to play the banjo? Take salsa dance lessons?

  • These are just a few ideas. What other categories come to mind?

  1. Give yourself a week to continue adding to your list. You’ll find that new ideas pop into your mind at random moments. Keep adding to your list and don’t worry about the length. You can pare it down to size later.

  2. Ask your friends for ideas. Find out what your friends have put on their bucket lists. You’ll get a few more good ideas, as well as a few suggestions.

  3. Prioritize your list. Rank your big list from most desirable to least.

  4. Make plans for this year. Starting at the top of your list, which items could you do this year? What do you need to do to make this happen?

  • Decide what you can do to overcome your limitations and put your plan into action. Once you’ve set an objective, it’s important to take a first step as soon as possible. Show yourself that you’re serious by making preliminary plans.

Now that you have a good bucket list, get busy crossing off items from your list! Making a bucket list is valuable because it requires you to think and prioritize. Think carefully and rank your list items. Creating a bucket list can help ensure that your life remains exciting and fulfilling in retirement - and will, hopefully, leave you with fewer regrets at the end.

10 Travel Safety Tips You Can't Afford to Ignore by Lea Woodward

Lea Woodward Lea Woodward travels the world with her husband Jonathan and their daughter Mali and, among other things, runs a business advising other people how to become a Location Independent Professional

Lea is well-qualified to give travel safety tips, so check out her article: 10 Travel Safety Tips You Can't Afford To Ignore.  (It's aimed at fellow LIPs but is equally useful for retired people.)

Grey Sea Nomads & Retirement Sea Change

Retirement Seachange Are you looking for an out-of-the-ordinary retirement living experience?  If you are, I heard about one the other day that you're going to find pretty hard to beat!

Vic and Ann Zurek are, originally, both from the UK but they met each other in Australia many years ago.  They raised a family and, once the kids had grown up and left home, they started to think about early retirement... but they wanted a retirement with a difference.  It took five years of research before they found a lifestyle that ticked all their boxes but the good news is, they have no intentions of keeping it to themselves as they've turned their dream into a unique, not for profit, retirement option for over-fifties.  This is what they say about it:

"About five years ago we enjoyed a voyage aboard a huge Indonesian sailing vessel for three weeks. It was our best vacation ever, with only four suites on the boat, more crew than passengers taking care of our every need, anchoring in the most beautiful spots, pristine beaches, dinner ashore, and nobody for miles around. Sailing from island to island, experiencing different cultures on each, friendly locals, it was most idyllic time we have experienced.
We dreamed of doing this round the Pacific and beyond, so for the last five years we have researched how it could be done. Not only how it could be done, but how to do it for the rest of our lives. We found it is possible, to live life in luxury on a pensioners budget and see the world at the same time."

Has your appetite been whetted?  Check out Ann and Vic's website, Grey Sea Nomads & Retirement Sea Change to find out more, but save a cabin for me, won't you?

Exchange your English skills for a holiday in Spain

VaughanTown Would you like to stay in a 4 star hotel in Spain with lots of food, drink and conversation - all for free?  Course you would!  Who wouldn't? 

Well, with VaughanTown, it's possible.  You just exchange your English conversation for room and board in Spain. 

The idea is that a group of 'Anglos' - English speakers from all over the world, join a group of Spaniards who want to improve their English for a week of conversation in a super hotel.  All you have to do is get to Madrid and back at your own expense and pay for any necessary accommodation outside of VaughanTown. They pay all the rest.  Visit the VaughanTown website to find out more and apply.

Are you in the market for a mini-retirement?

Most visitors to this blog are people close to retirement age who are looking for ideas, information and advice to help them with the process of retirement.  But a growing number of people who haven't reached that stage, are investigating the idea of 'mini-retirements' so they can experience a change of lifestyle NOW, without having to wait years until they're old enough, and can afford, to retire 'officially'.

If that sounds like you, you'll probably be interested in Recipe for a Mini-Retirement Overseas, an article by Michael Manville, which discusses how living abroad can not only save you money but help you create a new stream of income to finance your travels. 

Although the article is written for US readers, the ideas it contains are equally applicable to those of us over this side of the pond and, for currency conversion purposes, 1 dollar is currently worth about 61p (UK) and 68 cents (Europe).

Cruise packing advice from an expert

Journeywoman header A recent find is the Journeywoman website which, deservedly, boasts the tagline: The Premier Travel Resource For Women.  It's packed full (sorry!) of resources, information, advice and travellers' tales and you're sure to find something useful on there, including this advice about packing for a cruise from Linda Coffman, a freelance travel writer.