Retirement planning can be challenging. You don't know exactly how long you'll live, so it's difficult to predict exactly how much money you'll need. In addition to day-to-day expenses and health care costs, you should also consider your retirement bucket list. Creating a targeted list can help you establish priorities and save for the things that matter most to you.
To help you get started, here is a list of 25 fun things to do in retirement.
1. Go Whale Watching
Get up close and personal with one of the oldest and largest mammals on Earth.
2. Attend a Major Sporting Event
Watching the halftime show at a Superbowl game or queueing at Wimbledon are fun things to do in retirement, even if you're not a sports fan.
3. Take Part in a Sea Turtle Release
Plan to visit a resort that protects nesting and hatchling turtles, and allows guests to observe as they are released into the ocean.
4. See a Performance at the Grand Ole Opry
If you're lucky, you might get to see a surprise performance from a big-name country star at this famous Nashville theater.
5. Cruise the Caribbean
Relax on the pool deck, enjoy a variety of food and drinks, visit multiple cities, and explore some of the world's best beaches — all in one trip.
6. Learn to Play an Instrument
There are proven health benefits to learning to play an instrument later in life.
7. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
Imagine yourself gently floating above the clouds, with spectacular views below. The experience may even help you overcome a fear of heights.
8. Visit Machu Picchu
Hike the Inca Trail in Peru to Machu Picchu, which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
9. Witness the Northern Lights
The best times to see the aurora borealis are typically in the fall, winter or early spring.
10. Spend New Year's Eve in Times Square
About 1 million people gather in New York City each year on December 31 to watch the ball drop. Consider adding this tradition to your retirement bucket list.
11. Discover Your Family History
Studying your ancestry and genealogy can be fun and practical. You might find out that you're related to someone famous, or uncover important medical information.
12. Drive Down Historic Route 66
Travel through eight states, from Illinois to California by car, motorcycle or RV down the world's most famous road.
13. Try Your Luck in Las Vegas
If dining at high-end restaurants, staying at luxury hotels, and gambling at casinos are on your retirement bucket list, check out Sin City.
14. Volunteer at a Local Church or School
Volunteering in retirement can help improve your emotional and physical well-being, while strengthening your community.
15. Start a New Hobby
Gardening, scrapbooking, cooking lessons, yoga and photography are just a few examples of fun things to do in retirement.
16. Rescue a Shelter Animal
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are many health benefits of having a pet, including decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
17. Go on an African Safari
Escape the hustle and bustle of the Western world while observing endangered animals in their natural habitat.
18. Visit a National Park
With over 60 park sites in 29 different states, you might consider creating a national park bucket list.
19. Spend Time With Your Grandchildren
Retirement planning isn't just about saving money. Spending time with grandchildren is free and a great way to make memories.
20. Take a Helicopter Tour
Whether you're exploring a city or a tropical island, the view is always better from above.
21. Place Your Bets at the Kentucky Derby
Plan a visit to the world's most famous racetrack, which is known for mint juleps and stylish hats.
22. Learn a Foreign Language
Keep your brain healthy and enhance your travel experiences by learning to communicate in a new language.
23. See the Great Pyramids
Travel to one of the world's oldest ancient civilizations to see the Great Pyramids of Giza, which are the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
24. Renew Your Wedding Vows
Retirement can be a great time for you and your spouse to reaffirm your commitment to each other. Choose a location with sentimental meaning, such as a beach, a church or even your home.
25. Start a Home Business
If you had a late start with retirement planning and your savings come up short, consider ways to boost your income in retirement.
Your retirement bucket list should include everything you wish to accomplish and your ultimate dreams in life. Having clear goals will help you to plan for a happy and fulfilling life after work.