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Australia's modern retirees are enjoying 8000 work-free days and they want lifestyle - how will you enjoy yours?

December 11, 2018

They say that between your kids leaving home to moving into a nursing home or some type of care, there are 8,000 days… That’s over 20 years to enjoy life and do all those things you never had time for.

Traditionally the Aussie retiree worked until they died and there was no ‘retirement’ years to enjoy. But great health and wealth mean Baby Boomers have an opportunity to start a new phase of their life. Whether it’s making a seachange or tree change, many take the opportunity to re-engage with some fun, friends and fitness.

Halcyon is one of just eight operators of purpose-built over 50’s lifestyle communities helping Australian home owners reset their lives. Delivering well-considered communities, designed for both connectivity and privacy, Halcyon makes it easy for our home owners to connect with others who have a similar outlook on life.

Providing financial certainty, less maintenance and lower living costs, giving you the financial freedom to do the things you love or the things you have always wanted to do.

So what are you going to do for those 8,000 days? Here’s a list of things that we think you should do try and fit in:

1. Walk/Dance in the rain
2.  Go on a road trip with friends
3.  Have a complete make-over
4.  Learn a new language
5.  Take dance lessons
6.  Go horseback riding
7.  Travel to an exotic destination
8.  Go skinny dipping
9.  Build something yourself (Ikea assembly, while impressive, really doesn’t count)
10.  Volunteer your time to something you are truly passionate about
11.  Learn a strategy game
12.  Go scuba diving or snorkelling and experience marine life up close
13.  Test drive a car you’ve always dreamt of, maybe even buy it!
14.  Find an old school friend
15.  Pursue your passion
16.  Climb a mountain
17.  Singles: Ask someone out on a date
18.  Befriend a stranger
19.  Fly in a hot-air balloon
20.  Splurge on something extravagant
21.  Go zip-lining
22.  Join a flash mob
23.  Take a job that feels a bit outside your comfort zone
24.  Have a meal at one of the world’s top restaurants
25.  Conquer one of your biggest fears
26.  Participate in one of the world’s most well-known festivals: Mardi Gras, Oktoberfest, Running of the Bulls etc
27.  Let someone know how much they mean to you
28.  Fly first-class
29.  Become a mentor
30.  Go skydiving
31.  Master public speaking
32.  See snow
33.  Go backpacking
34.  Go on a trip by yourself
35.  Learn wine appreciation
36.  Get really good at a bar game
37.  Read that classic novel
38.  Go to the movies by yourself
39.  Throw a party that will have people talking for weeks
40.  Go camping or ‘glamping’
41.  Teach someone how to do something you’re really good at doing
42.  Experience a sunrise/sunset
43.  Perform a kind deed without expecting anything in return
44.  If single, go on a blind date
45.  Buy something that makes you feel like a millionaire
46.  Plant a tree and watch it grow
47.  Bury the hatchet with someone who you have had conflicts with in the past
48.  Fall asleep in a grassy plain
49.  Get a pet
50.  Participate in a movement you believe in