On my way to work, I drive past a couple of billboards advertising the lottery. They post the current jackpot, and I always smile when I drive by the billboard and see the number is at $20 million again. Then I know that somebody won! (no, its never been me.)
Besides the occasional office pool, I never really buy tickets. But its still fun to think about what I would do with the money if I did win. Similarly, I also like think about what I will do with my savings after I quit working full time. Strange, I know…. But it’s really fun to think about. Keeps me motivated!
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of traveling the world. I remember sitting in my backyard, watching the airplanes flying overhead and wondering if they were going somewhere amazing. Growing up, we didn’t travel much as a family so most of my “exploring” came from books and movies. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had the opportunity to travel a bit, but, even still, I get a bit of wanderlust on occasion. This usually cured by flight delays and rude airplane passengers (I have no patience with people anymore!). However, the thought of slow travel seems to appease the world traveler and the cranky-old-lady sides of my personality. The thought of spending 2 months in a destination of my choosing seems like a much nicer prospect than 1 week.
Start a Project (And Actually Finish it)
My grandmother likes to quilt. She bought me some supplies for Christmas so I could try my hand at it. I haven’t done it. Life caught up with me, and all of my good intentions were put on hold. I also have tried my hand at knitting (not too bad at it), crocheting (getting pretty good), jewelry making (total fail), soap and lotion making (total fail), and canning (omg total fail). I don’t care what it is, but I WILL have a hobby. And it will not be finding new hobbies.
Live Somewhere Tropical
A couple of years ago, my husband and I used some travel points to take a vacation in Hawaii. It was AMAZING. Ever since then, we have toyed with the idea of moving there. I even interviewed for a job in Oahu. Its VERY expensive out there, and a few people have told me that island fever is real. But still! We don’t have to live there forever. I want to try it for a few years just to see if its as cool as I think it is.
Live in a Mini Home
This one might be a hard sell. I love looking at the cute little houses that people have built and imagining what it would be like to live and travel in one. No hotels. No forgetting a toothbrush. No rude airline passengers. Yes, these are all good things. The downsizing to fit in a tiny house seems problematic though.
Get Rid of My Car
I love my car, but I don’t like driving. My husband and I work in two different cities so we both commute. We don’t like to commute. I’ve had several business trips where I was in a hotel in the very center of town and didn’t have a car. I was forced to walk everywhere. It was awesome! I could walk to a restaurant or grocery store and burn off some of the calories I was eating. On some of my longer trips, I would actually lose weight.
Spend More Time with Family and Friends
I’ve moved around a lot as an adult. From the west coast to the east coast and now the South. I’ve always lived pretty far from my family which left my visits to home about once or twice a year, if that. My parents are getting older, and I want to make it a point to see them more. My friends are all on the east coast and so are my grandparents. Life is short, and I don’t get to see the people I care about nearly enough.
I want to be generous. There are so many causes that I would like to contribute to, but haven’t been in a secure enough place financially to do so. That needs to change. I know a couple of people who ran/walked in a marathon for charity. I would like to do that as well. If my family or friends need help with something, I want to be able to be there for them. So many things could fit in this category.
What about you? Do you have a list of things you what to do or try after you are no longer working? Do you have a bucket list that motivates you to achieve early retirement?