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Old 03-23-2016, 12:12 PM   #81
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I doubt that having a "bucket list" is the issue, but it might be a symptom. The real issue (IMO) is the ability to enjoy the moment. If Person A is just "killing time" in anticipation of the next "high," while Person B is taking advantage of each day's opportunities--right where they are and within easy reach, maybe even in a predictable routine--to have some fun, gain some fulfillment, then I suspect Person B might ultimately be more satisfied. Many of us spent our working years in anticipation, for an annual holiday vacation and ultimately to be free of the shackles of a j*b to have the freedom of retirement. It would be a shame to spend retirement in yet more waiting for periodic rushes rather than taking the opportunities close at hand.
It's not an either-or thing. There's no problem with travel or adventure, but if I found that my daily life was something to be endured while waiting for that big rush, I'd probably seek to recalibrate things. If I've substituted artificially stressful w*rk goals for artificially stressful bucket list "to-dos", maybe I haven't gained all I could have.
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We don't really have a bucket list. There are things I think might be fun or interesting to do but this list changes constantly. The order of the things change also but is not a conscious process. Travel is a big aspect of what we might want to do but certainly not the whole thing.
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Will the Brussels attack affect bucket list travel plans?
Lol, I live in Philly and do a lot of work in Camden Nj which every few years or so ends up on the county's most dangerous city list. If in a victim of terror i have a better chance of it happening at home.

Europe is not on the list this summer but next year I'm going.

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We live in a desirable part of the country with much natural beauty. Many people retire here. WE like to go on wine walks, etc and always meet great people. The same thing with traveling. I don't think you need to live in an ugly place to want to travel. We enjoy all the things that there here locally too. But if you don't like to travel then don't go.
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I do think think that travel is more appealing if it is kind of dull either topographically or socially or entertainment-wise where a person lives.

As soon as I got out of high school I saw to it that I lived in lively places that were magnets for others' travel. In general if I didn't have to travel for work, I liked being home. I does make a difference if you look out the window and see sea and mountains, instead of another few miles of prairie.
We used to live in a prairie city and almost went stir crazy. Every weekend was dinner and a movie. It was not a good fit for us so we moved to the Bay Area. The weather is nice most of the year here and there is a lot to do. We have to travel to visit family and friends, and they are somewhat scattered geographically, so that usually fills up our travel itch for the year.
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We live in a desirable part of the country with much natural beauty. Many people retire here. WE like to go on wine walks, etc and always meet great people. The same thing with traveling. I don't think you need to live in an ugly place to want to travel. We enjoy all the things that there here locally too. But if you don't like to travel then don't go.
I'm not sure who you are talking to, but if it is me you have hugely misinterpreted what I said.

Also, I am not giving you or anyone else advice, so please refrain from giving me any.
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The fourth pic (especially) brought back memories of 30 years ago:

Is that George Costanza at the Blarney Stone??
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We go from Amsterdam to Brugges with a one day trip to Brussels in June. We also fly back from Paris a month later.
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At 22 years of ER I grasp the Zen of watching paint dry. Oil paint that is. Recently Red Barn paint shade.

heh heh heh - This is an interesting thread. And yes we'll do some more traveling and met some more interesting people this year but I don't take it too seriously.
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But, once one is retired with plenty of time to travel, how special or enlightening can it really be to see another famous landmark or a nice view? A mountain is a mountain, a beach is a beach, and an old building is just another an old building...regardless of whether it's 200 years old or 1000 years old.
-1 Speak for yourself only. I happily travel to see a new mountain, or canyon, or castle, or museum. Just because I have been to the Tetons, I should not go to Yosemite? Ridiculous. I'm going.
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-1 Speak for yourself only. I happily travel to see a new mountain, or canyon, or castle, or museum. Just because I have been to the Tetons, I should not go to Yosemite? Ridiculous. I'm going.
Yes, I'm only speaking for myself. I apologize if my comment came off as a little defensive...it's probably because I've had far too many people say "I guess you'll travel more when you retire?" as if that's the number one goal of all retirees by default.

To me it's just another mountain, but I understand that others feel differently. I wish you nothing but the best in whatever you decide to do in your retirement.
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At 22 years of ER I grasp the Zen of watching paint dry. Oil paint that is. Recently Red Barn paint shade.
Sounds like fun! As for me, in my 7th year of retirement I myself have grasped the Zen of watching grass grow.

My newly sodded front, back, and side lawns, that is. It's just mind boggling to see how quickly the sod moved from grey-brown to green, and is now growing taller and greener. It was put in about 3 weeks ago, and the first mow is scheduled to be in about 1-2 weeks.

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We go from Amsterdam to Brugges with a one day trip to Brussels in June. We also fly back from Paris a month later.
For those planning to fly to Brussels shortly: airport is still closed and probably will start up in a few days again.

In the mean time flights are being diverted to nearby cities which tends to add several hours to your trip.

There seems to be no structural damage to the airport building but it will take a while before repairs are done. In addition alot of the staff are too traumatized to work, so not enough workers to get everything running.

International fast train (Thalys) is back up and running, but expect additional security checks that may slow you down. Bruges or any other city (Gent, Antwerp) have no issues.

Source: I'm from Belgium and my family lives 30 miles or so away from Brussels.
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Ha: I wasn't giving you advice but merely stating a fact. If someone does not like to travel then why would they-plain and simple.
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Ha: I wasn't giving you advice but merely stating a fact. If someone does not like to travel then why would they-plain and simple.
Sorry I could not respond, I've been in San Francisco the last week, no time for surfing web.

Went to a Warriors game; what a basketball team!

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I love SF. It is one of my favorite places to travel.
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