The search for meaning, part 2. What nourishes my soul?

My bid to find meaning in retirement gets underway today and I’ve found an interesting article in Psychology Today, here’s an excerpt: “No matter how much you look forward to retirement, you may wake up the morning after your last day at work and feel sadness or anxiety. For decades, your days and weeks were structured. SometimesContinue reading “The search for meaning, part 2. What nourishes my soul?”

First day out for months was to Leicestershire’s lovely Foxton Locks

After the disappointment of the 14 day quarantine rules effectively ending – for the time being at least any prospect of foreign travel – it was time to check out a local attraction we hadn’t visited for years. After a quiet cloudy morning at home we jumped into our rather under-used LoveBus campervan and headedContinue reading “First day out for months was to Leicestershire’s lovely Foxton Locks”

Let the battle for our summer holidays commence

In the blue corner – for the Tory Government – you have UK health secretary Matt Hancock who has said we can all forget our summer holidays this year. In the red corner – representing British sunburn – is Ryanair, the rest of the travel sector and our previously sworn enemies the EU and theContinue reading “Let the battle for our summer holidays commence”

Ten reasons why I’m still proud to be British

Yesterday, April 23rd, was St George’s Day.  It’s the generally accepted date England’s patron saint died and it’s also William Shakespeare’s birthday. I have to admit it bypassed me completely until I saw something on social media about it late in the day.  It’s a shame as I used to feel a real sense ofContinue reading “Ten reasons why I’m still proud to be British”

Great Barrier Reef, Taj Mahal and my eight other rest of the world destinations

Here’s the final 10 places in my #whenthisallover take my mind off coronavirus bucket list.   Europe, the Americas and south-east Asia have dominated the list so far – see the last four blog posts – so I’m devoting my final 10 choices to the rest of the world.  Here goes.. Great Barrier Reef, Australia –Continue reading “Great Barrier Reef, Taj Mahal and my eight other rest of the world destinations”

Go West for North Americas bucket list

Time to turn west – the north Americas.  I’ve already done New York, southern California, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, parts of Florida and the Caribbean but not yet set foot in the rest of the USA, Canada or Central America  I’m aiming to put that right so here’s the top 10 places I amContinue reading “Go West for North Americas bucket list”

My South-East Asian Travel Bucket List

Day Three of my #whenthisallover travel bucket list and I’m planning a trip to South-East Asia. I’ve only been there a couple of times for just few nights stopover in Bangkok and Singapore on the way to Bali. I’d like to base myself in the region for a few weeks, here’s the top 10 placesContinue reading “My South-East Asian Travel Bucket List”

My European Top 10 bucket list

Would have been flying out today to the Costa del Sol if it weren’t for the coronavirus lockdown.  To be honest being stuck at home with the sun shining and temperatures in the mid-twenties doesn’t feel too much of a hardship. No sign though of us getting our money back from the airline Jet2 orContinue reading “My European Top 10 bucket list”

South American bucket list for when this is all over

Best laid plans and all that … all excited about the new-found freedom of my retirement transition year I spent hours in December 2019 planning what I’d be doing this year. I started off by putting in the dates of big sporting events – Olympics, Euros Football, Wimbledon etc – to make sure my holidaysContinue reading “South American bucket list for when this is all over”

Here endeth mad March

I see month-ends as a good opportunity to review how my retirement transition journey is progressing.  When I started writing this blog I worked out each month represents one-third of one percent of the average remaining lifespan of a 60 year-old in the UK.  I find it motivating – not depressing – to know thatContinue reading “Here endeth mad March”

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