50 daring bucket list activities for over-50s – like hang-gliding and having a boob job

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50 Bucket List Activities for Over-50s

A study has found that having a boob job, hang-gliding, and learning how to fly a plane are among the top 50 bucket list activities – for over-50s.

More than half of those (53%) who have passed the big 5-0 believe that “age is just a number”, – with 62% keener to embrace new things as they get older.

Some other daring activities that the older generation are raring to try include getting a tattoo, swimming the Channel, and surfing.

And it seems it is never too late to pick up a new skill – as over-50s are also keen to master a new language, learn an instrument they’ve always wanted to play, and even get a degree.

The poll of 2,000 adults aged 50 and over found that 47% claim to have a new outlook on life – with two-thirds affirming that you are only as old as you feel.

The Over-50s Bucket List including Swimming the Channel
The Over-50s Bucket List includes Swimming the Channel

Ryan Howsam, founder and CEO at Staysure, which commissioned the survey, said: “We all know being 50 isn’t old, but most of us regard it as one of life’s milestones.

“It’s great to see people of this age and older adopting a zest for life and fulfilling life-long ambitions.

“As the research suggests, this is because they now have more time for themselves and feel ready to take on new challenges.”

More than half (52%) think it’s important to have aspirations, with three in ten more likely to fulfil these now they are at a later stage in life.

Reasons for this include having more spare time (62%), retirement (43%), and no longer having children who live at home (37%).

It’s also important for three-quarters (73%) to have these ambitions, so there is something for them to aim for – while 35% are keen to show people that there are no restrictions once you turn 50.

Furthermore, a quarter said their 20s were when they had the most life ambitions – but only 14% achieved these during that decade.

Since getting older, nearly half (49%) have gained a new perspective on things – making them more driven to achieve their ambitions and try new experiences.

Joining a gym was on the bucket list for over-50s
Joining a gym was also on the bucket list for over-50s

The OnePoll study also found others consider a third as someone who embraces life and is not afraid to do something new.

Encouragingly, 71% still consider themselves “young”, – with 82% of those who agreed with this statement aged 75 or older.

More than three in ten (31%) now feel less bored compared to when they were younger, with two-thirds (67%) confident that time is still on their side to fulfil life-long goals.

Interestingly, when it comes to winter sports holidays, nearly a fifth (19%) believe there is no age limit when taking up such activities, with a tenth feeling liberated when they get on a pair of skis.

Due to these findings, and with ski season now in full flow, Staysure has decided to trial a ski school for the over-50s to promote its “no upper age limit” winter sports cover.

It champions skiers of every age and equips them with all the skills and advice they need before hitting the slopes and embarking on a winter sports holiday.

Ryan Howsam added: “We hope our brand-new ski school demonstrates that age should never limit one’s sense of adventure, and you are never too old to try new things.

“Age shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying something they’re passionate about or block them from trying new things.”


  1. Travel more
  2. Retire
  3. Make new friends
  4. Pay off the mortgage
  5. Go to more gigs and concerts
  6. Downsize my home
  7. Master a foreign language
  8. Overcome a fear
  9. Move to the countryside
  10. Write a book
  11. Take up yoga
  12. Eat in a Michelin-starred restaurant
  13. Learn a musical instrument
  14. Move abroad
  15. Move to a different city
  16. Upsize my home
  17. Join a gym
  18. Buy my dream car
  19. Take up painting
  20. Start dating again
  21. Climb a mountain
  22. Get a tattoo
  23. Choose a new career
  24. Run a marathon
  25. Learn how to ballroom dance
  26. Buy a motorbike
  27. Get a personal trainer
  28. Do a skydive
  29. Get my kids to move out
  30. Try surfing
  31. Cycle a mountain
  32. Have facial cosmetic surgery, e.g. Botox or a facelift
  33. Get a degree
  34. Drive on a racetrack
  35. Ride a rollercoaster
  36. Get a six-pack
  37. Learn to swim
  38. Try online dating
  39. Take up samba lessons
  40. Learn how to fly a plane
  41. Get my kids to move in
  42. Take up skiing/snowboarding
  43. Have liposuction or a tummy tuck
  44. Try hang-gliding
  45. Set up an Instagram page
  46. Swim the Channel
  47. Try kickboxing
  48. Perfect a hand-stand
  49. Have a boob job
  50. Set up a Tinder profile

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