Top 5 Bucket-List Dream Vacations For Retirees

Top 5 Bucket-List Dream Vacations For Retirees

March 19, 2019

It’s what you’ve worked for your entire life. You’ve put in the long hours, you’ve diligently built up your nest egg, and now the time has finally come—retirement. Time to see the world!

If you’re like most people, one of the biggest retirement perks you look forward to is the freedom to travel the world. But the world is a big place. With so many destinations to choose from, picking the right one might feel overwhelming.

That’s why I’ve put together this list. The definition of a  “dream vacation” is different for everyone, but these five amazing destinations are certainly good places to start.

Route 66, USA

Before you go off jet-setting around the world, why not take some time to get to know the wonders of your own country? I’m not talking about quick weeklong trips here. I’m talking about an extended cross-country road trip on the legendary Route 66. Take your time with this one—there’s no rush! Consider buying or renting a comfortable motorhome and meandering leisurely from destination to destination. And if you’re worried about budgeting for such a long trip, why not rent out your house while you’re gone? If you’re lucky, you may even end up earning more than you spend, prolonging your retirement fund.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and for good reason. It’s incredible. Each year, it draws in more and more tourists. The neat thing about Machu Picchu is it offers varying levels of convenience and adventure. If you’re active and love hiking, there are several different treks you can take leading to Machu Picchu. But if you prefer comfort or suffer from any health ailments, there are comfortable trains and buses that bring you right to the entrance.

Northern Lights

This isn’t a destination per se, but an experience—a wondrous spectacle. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is a breathtaking phenomenon that cannot be missed. It can be seen from several different countries, so you can take your pick. Some of the more popular viewing points are in Alaska, Canada, and Scandinavian countries like Iceland, Finland, and Sweden.

Great Wall Of China

You’ve heard about it countless times throughout your life. Wouldn’t it be awesome to actually see it in person? It’s one of the biggest man-made construction projects on earth. Started way back in the 7th century B.C., it measures an impressive 21,196 miles in length. It’s hard to imagine the manpower required to accomplish such a feat. It would be a shame to not get to experience it for yourself.


Perhaps you’d like to see the other side of the world but are worried your Chinese language skills are a bit rusty. If that’s the case, Australia is the perfect solution. Not only is English spoken (with a charming accent), but there is also plenty to do and see. For example, the incredible wildlife and the Great Barrier Reef—the world’s largest coral reef system.

Preparing For A Travel-Filled Retirement

Are you getting excited yet? I hope so. Retirement should be a time for enjoyment. Unfortunately, many people dream about traveling in retirement but underestimate how much money they need to save. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, it’s important to create a clear financial plan showing how much you’ll need to travel—and the steps to take to get there. If you’d like help putting together a plan, we at Haydel, Biel & Associates are happy to help. To get started, contact us at (626) 529-8347 or email me directly at

About Haydel, Biel & Associates

Haydel, Biel & Associates is an independent financial advisory firm serving individuals and families near Pasadena, California. The firm was founded in 2004 by Chris Haydel and Ricky Biel with a desire to provide unbiased, client-centered, community-based financial advice. Together, they have built a practice that has grown into a family of caring, smart professionals committed to blending proven investment methodologies with creative financial technologies that make it easier than ever to accomplish your goals. They strive to keep things simple and fun to give their clients peace of mind and alleviate financial stress. HBA Wealth takes care of their clients’ needs first and foremost and goes the extra mile to make their clients’ finances grow. To meet and see how the HBA Wealth team may be able to help, contact them today at (626) 529-8347 or email Ricky directly at