Have you started creating your retirement bucket list?
It’s never too early – or too late – to start putting together a bucket list.
If you’ve not started yet, 2018’s top trends will give you a strong starting point.
While most over 50s have fallen in love, got hitched, bought a house with their partner and had children, a quarter also believe they ought to have attended a music festival, read at least one hundred books and learned to speak a foreign language.
With affordable and frequent flights popping up all the time, travel has become a staple part of many people’s bucket lists. Recent research suggests that over 50s are most likely to want to set foot in all seven continents, as well as visit a volcano and throw coins in Rome’s glorious and iconic Trevi Fountain. A tenth of people fancy riding a gondola in Venice, and a staggering one in four want to see the Northern Lights.
Other popular activities filling up retirement bucket lists are:
• Enjoying a cruise in the Caribbean
• Re-visiting destinations from your honeymoon
• Rescuing a dog or cat from a shelter
• Starting an allotment to grow your own vegetables
• Embarking on a big European road trip
• Flying a helicopter yourself
• Volunteering for a worthy cause
• Going on safari in South Africa
• Getting dolled up for afternoon tea at the Ritz in London
• Rolling the dice in Vegas
• Taking the grandchildren to Disneyland Paris
When we were growing up, these experiences were the stuff of dreams. But as house prices have increased an average of three times over the past two decades, many people are able to live out their fantasy lifestyles as they enter retirement. In fact, around 80% of people aged 55 and over plan to use their property wealth to enjoy a lively retirement. More than a quarter say that cash would go towards the holiday of a lifetime.
A £20,000, £40,000 or even £60,000 bucket list might sound crazy, but it’s the cloud-9 reality for people partaking in home exchanges that offer you the chance to downsize to park home living during retirement.
For home exchangers, it looks like life really does begin at 50.