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Top 10 Ideas for Your Retirement Bucket List | RL360

3 January 2024



It is easy to come up with a retirement bucket list and include crazy, adventurous things, hoping that you will be able to start ticking them off as soon as you stop working.

Unfortunately, 35% of people nearing retirement age leave planning until the last 2 years of work or do not even plan at all.

Saving up for your retirement shouldn’t be a last minute burden. Saving regularly, starting as early as possible, means peace of mind, as well as the ability to plan for a bucket list of more adventurous retirement ideas.

Here are our top 10 retirement bucket list ideas.

Sea turtle swimming in clear blue waters over orange and purple coral reef in shallow water.

1. Dive at the best spots in Bali

There is a whole new world waiting to be explored under the sea in Bali. Take a once in a lifetime diving experience at Menjangan Island to watch pygmy seahorses and other marine creatures basking in the warm waters of Bali at this beginner friendly diving spot. If you are a seasoned diver looking for a bit of a challenge, take a 30m depth dive at Seraya Secrets or Nusa Penida Bat Cave to watch spectacular coral reefs and marine animals.

A vibrant market street full of people and balls of golden light. Bowls of delicious looking street food crowding the tables.

2. Try exotic food in Thailand

Submit to the cultural difference when you step into the city of Chiang Mai in Thailand. Cycle around the city and visit local temples and buildings that are heavily influenced by Thai architecture and do not forget to visit the local market to try local cuisine ranging from Thai salad to spiced silk worm and fresh jumping prawns. The beauty of Thai cuisine is the strong flavour profile of lemongrass and lime leaves that make even the bugs taste good.

Lake surrounded by snow covered hills, and lights from a nearby town on the far shore. Bright turquoise light streaks through the starry sky.

3. Chase the aurora borealis on board the Northern Lights Train

Board the Northern Lights Train in Narvik, Norway, and embark on a journey passing though beautiful landscapes and fjords the Norwegian town proudly boasts. Keep warm in the train and enjoy stories told by local guides about the folklores and stories surrounding the northern lights. Finally, curl up next to a campfire at the Katterat station and enjoy hot tea and pastries whist observing the colourful dancing lights in the sky at probably one of the best stage in the world.

The wooden veranda of Kiyomizu-dera temple lit up at sunset, looking out over hills of orange, green, and red leafed trees.

4. Visit awe inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Embark on a journey visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites for a transcendent experience where history and culture meets amazing architecture. Wander through the city of Athens marvelling at the Acropolis, an ancient Greek site that represents the epitome of ancient Greek culture and architecture or visit Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto, Japan and learn about Buddhism, Japanese culture and the history of the temple whilst soaking in the peaceful and breath-taking surroundings of the Higashiyama mountain range.

The back of a man and woman sitting on a picnic blanket, surrounded by grass and trees, and looking out over a far reaching mountain range.

5. Go on the hike of your life in Switzerland

Be one with nature on a multiday hike in Switzerland and enjoy a picturesque hike along the 105 km trail of the Swiss National Park. Choose your own adventure on how much of the trail you wish to trek and be challenged every step of the way. Venture through different terrains as you take on this mammoth of a hike through rocky mountain, gorges, pine forest, lakes and more, and retire for the evening in comfortable mountain huts along the trail with incredible view.

Three giraffes standing in long golden grass while the sun sets in in the clear blue sky behind them.

6. Enjoy a luxury safari in Africa

Embark on an African safari and journey through the rich savannah and jungles that hosts some of the most majestic creatures in the world. Enjoy your stay at Angama safari lodge in Kenya or the Singita Kwitonda Lodge in Rwanda for a perfect experience of luxury in the wilderness. Take unbelievable photos of the lions, giraffes, zebras and more in their natural habitat and learn about the rich wildlife in Africa up close and personal. End your day at a luxury spa and relax as you take in the surrounding beauty of the wilderness in Africa.

7. Watch an iconic sports event in London

London is a magnet for sports lovers, hosting some of the world’s leading sporting events at iconic venues dripping with history. Whether it’s taking in a game at the home of football, Wembley Stadium, or watching the world’s best tennis players at Wimbledon, spending a day at the Lords Test Match, the most famous cricket ground in the world, or having a flutter on the horses at nearby Royal Ascot, London has something for every sports aficionado.

8. Experience luxury at sky level

Experience luxury at new heights in the Burj Khalifa in the UAE which stands tall at 160 storeys high. Wine and dine in style at the highest restaurant in the world at 122 storeys high followed by a romantic view of the city of Dubai from the world’s highest observation deck with an outdoor terrace at 555 meters high with a 360˚unobstructed view of the city and the vast desert of Dubai.

9. Catch your favourite Broadway show

Take a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch long running musicals with professionally trained actors in Broadway, New York. Watch as actors transform into characters written by top musical producers such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and Lin-Manuel Miranda and enjoy the beautifully composed songs and grand set design and costumes and be transported to another world in shows like Hamilton, The Lion King, Sweeney Todd and more!

10. Celebrate a Magical Christmas

Get into the Christmas festivities by visiting some of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. Dating back to the 16th century, these markets have now evolved tremendously in size and location. Whether you’re looking for a Gothic Christmas in Cologne or a grand scale colourful carnival like market in Stuttgart, you are guaranteed to experience the magic of Christmas celebrating the festivities with mulled wine, live performances, carolling, local cuisines and tradition.

Trying out some, if not all these bucket list ideas can keep your life after retirement fun and adventurous. But to achieve that, you need start planning now and products like RL360’s Regular Savings Plan can help you save up for your retirement- speak to your financial adviser to learn more about the best savings plan for you.