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Designing a bucket list is creating a life by design, rather than just letting life ‘happen’ is a modern way to live.

You might think, why do I need to spend time writing a simple list of all the things I want to do before I die?

The fact of the matter is most people don’t allow themselves time to clearly articulate what they really really want to do that would make them happy. The idea of making a list has always been in our minds but it seems now that people have started to think of list making, probably more by over 60s, baby boomers and people nearing retirement.

Topping the over 50 bucket list is global travel, and no doubt, close to the top of most bucket lists.

If global travel was not on the over 50 bucket list and only included travel and things to do in Australia you will be amazed at what is on offer on your doorstep in this great country once you start creating.

Expensive overseas travel can be left off completely if you are on a budget or perhaps long distance travel is a problem for you.

Let’s take a look at some great Aussie trips; these are only a fraction of what is available of course.

Ballooning, sailing, walking, riding, trekking, scuba diving, snorkelling, fixed-wing gliding (passenger), Kakadu National Park, Blue Mountains, Kimberley, Great Barrier Reef, Daintree, Wineglass Bay, Twelve Apostles, Clare Valley, Uluru, Sydney Opera House.

There are heaps of things to do in all these destinations I know because I have been to most of them, and enjoyed every minute. If cruising is your thing New Zealand is a close neighbour, as well as our beautiful long coastline. In fact cruising the eastern and northern  coast forms part of my own bucket list.

I have a crazy 58-year-old golfer friend and his over 50 bucket list is simple: he has planned to play on as many international golf courses around the globe in the next ten years, a bucket list can be as simple as a life-long dream.

Also I have other friends that are ticking off their list riding motor bikes through Turkey, India, Iceland, Bhutan, Peru, Morocco, Italy, United Kingdom.

As you can see, many bucket lists are based around a pastime or a hobby, whatever interest you have doubtless, there will be people the other side of the world, with the same interest so making friends with your over 50 bucket list can be an added motivation for you.

It is important that you work to a goal, you will never achieve your list with a flip-flop attitude.

Take the road less travelled and remain independent, not under the control and influence of others.


Originally published here


What’s on your bucket list? 

Doug Edwards

  1. I’m lucky in one way. I’m in so much pain 24/7 that all the places I wanted to see and things to do now leave me cold as I know how painful and exhausting it would be to try and do it.

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    • I’ve been on a couple small to start as u say then I progress to 43 nights, incredible. The worst part is getting out the heads in Sydney but nothing worrying though. Next one leaving Melb.

    • We would leave from Fremantle, I have been out in the Sydney heads when I lived in Sydney, Father-in-Laws boat….yuk lol.

    • Same here Linda. Nothing worse,is there?? Been on 3 cruises and sick as a dog every time. Doctor said I should never sail.Motion sickness or kinetosis.If I don’t drive, I get car sick, have to stand facing the way I am travelling and not look down-cannot read when travelling on trains and crook for days seems the only transport I can read and do not get sick is flying- just scared stiff. Beats me why it’s the only way I can travel.

    • I get terribly seasick. The only one for me is the 8 days cruise PO from Brisbane inside the barrier reef to Port Douglas. Wonderful

    • I used to get sick on swings and roundabouts. I have to look ahead when I drive. Usually ok on the planes now with the new air systems. Bad years ago. If the worse comes to the worse I haven’t had a bad go, seen some of the world, retiring by the water in a lovely area.

  2. What a shame, Linda. I am sorry to hear that. Do you have arthritis?

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    • I do yes. Fractured three lower vertebrae when I was younger and all calcified now. Plus severe curvature and two bad hips. Heart probs too, I’m only 62, never saw this coming.

  3. Life itself is a bucket list!

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    • I’m doing fine, just treat pain as a little nuisance. With my positive attitude, always on top of the world, thank you. How you going?

    • Linda I’m too far away from the sea, up in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. But just sitting on the rear decking overlooking the valley is a great pleasure for me. Always loved the beauty of nature everywhere!

  4. Everyone should have a bucket list. I realised that to late now there are things that I wanted to do and places that I wanted to go and now I can’t and I’m only 72. Linda Carley you sound like my double have been like this for the past 10 years
    Not fun is it. So sorry to read you are the same.

  5. I think your bucket list changes, when young it is about achievement, that job, higher pay cheque etc. When you reach retirement age it is about experiences. You may look back and regret not getting that job or ever making that higher salary, but it is time not spent with your family, places not visited, activities never tried that you regret most.

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  6. Don’t have a bucket list – too busy writing lists on things to do every day of the darn week! We are supposed to be retired hahahahahaha

  7. If only life was so cut and dried ! I plan what ill do in one day but something always pops up to change the plans

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