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Live The Dream: Ideas For Your Bucket List

We all dream of a life where we had more time, more money and more freedom.

Retirement offers you the perfect opportunity to fulfil some of those long-held dreams and ambitions. Kick-start your new chapter in life, and consider adding these ideas to your bucket list.

1. Visit the New Seven Wonders of the World

Travel is a top priority of many retirees, and completing a one-of-a-kind tour of the world’s most breathtaking creations is a challenge many travel-hungry folks want to have a go at.

Most of us are familiar with the classic Seven Wonders of the World, which include:

  • Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria

However, if you fancy something a little more adventurous, the New Seven Wonders of the World will take you across several continents.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Sometimes referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu is ancient city located on the territory of modern Peru at an altitude of about 2500 meters above the sea level.

Christ the Redeemer

Standing at 3o metres (98ft) tall, Christ the Redeemer, an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Also known as the Temple of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza is a Mesoamerican step-pyramid located in the Mexican state of Yucatán.

The Taj Mahal

Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.

The Roman Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum

One of the most recognisable symbols of the Roman Empire, The Colosseum in Rome, Italy, was once used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.

As one of the original seven wonders of the world, the Colosseum is the perfect place to learn all about the Roman Empire.

The Lost City of Petra

Located in southern Jordan, The Lost City of Petra sat empty and in near ruin for centuries. Famous for its stone-cut architecture, the city is literally carved from vibrant red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

Stretching approximately 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers) from east to west, The Great Wall of China has been admired for centuries.

And although some of the Great Wall sections are now in ruins or have disappeared, you will still be able to experience a stunning array of scenery including, the beaches of Qinhuangdao, rugged mountains around Beijing, and a desert corridor between tall mountain ranges at Jiayu Pass.

2. Learn A New Language

Learn A New Language

Learn A New Language

If you intend to spend a large part of your retirement travelling, then learning a new language can prove hugely beneficial. Not only will you be able to communicate better on your adventures abroad, but learning a new language has also be shown to improve your cognitive skills.

3. Learn To Fly A Plane

Learn To Fly A Plane

Learn To Fly A Plane

Learning to fly a plane in your 60s or beyond can be a challenge, but incredibly exhilarating. And with lots of interesting and capable people around you, learning to fly is actually a very social activity to get involved in.

4. Go To The World’s Biggest Events

Go To The World’s Biggest Events

Go To The World’s Biggest Events

Whether it’s the World Cup, the Tour De France, or the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, take advantage of your more relaxed schedule to go to a world event.

5. Take Cookery Classes

Take Cookery Classes

Take Cookery Classes

Sharpen up your knife skills and gain kitchen confidence in retirement with cookery classes.

Check out the likes of the Belfast Cookery School or the Mourne Seafood Cookery School to improve your skills under the guidance of NI’s culinary experts.


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