Top 50 Activities Revealed as Over 50s Embrace Adventure

The older generation is defying stereotypes and embracing thrilling hobbies and experiences, as revealed by the top 50 activities over 50s intend to pursue. A survey conducted among 2,000 adults aged over 50 uncovered that 47 percent of respondents have developed a new outlook on life, with 62 percent expressing a stronger desire to embrace new things than ever before.

The list of aspirations includes writing a book, taking up skiing, and conquering a mountain, as 53 percent firmly believe that “age is just a number.” Additionally, becoming fluent in a new language, running a marathon, and learning to play a musical instrument also feature prominently.

Ryan Howsam, founder and CEO at Staysure, the company that commissioned the survey, commented, “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 lifelong ambitions. As the research suggests, this is because they now have more time for themselves and feel ready to take on new challenges.”

Maintaining a youthful spirit, over half of the respondents (52 percent) consider it important to have aspirations, with three in 10 more likely to fulfill these goals now that they have reached a later stage in life. Factors contributing to this shift include having more leisure time (62 percent), retirement (43 percent), and no longer having children living at home (37 percent).

For 73 percent of respondents, having ambitions is crucial as it provides something to strive for, while 35 percent are eager to demonstrate that age does not impose restrictions once a person turns 50.

Interestingly, a quarter of respondents claimed that their 20s were the period in life when they had the most life ambitions, but only 14 percent managed to achieve them during that decade. Growing older has prompted almost half of them (49 percent) to gain a new perspective, driving them to accomplish their ambitions and engage in new experiences.

The study, conducted by OnePoll, also revealed that a third of respondents are seen by others as individuals who embrace life and fearlessly pursue new endeavors.

Encouragingly, 71 percent still consider themselves “young,” with 82 percent of those in agreement aged 75 or older. Furthermore, 66 percent of all respondents over 50 believe that one’s age is determined by how they feel.

With more than three in 10 (31 percent) feeling less bored compared to when they were younger, and 67 percent confident that they still have ample time to achieve lifelong goals, Staysure has decided to introduce a ski school for the over-50s, coinciding with the current ski season. The aim is to promote their “no upper age limit” winter sports cover, celebrating skiers of all ages and providing them with the necessary skills and advice before they hit the slopes for their winter sports holiday.

Ryan Howsam concluded, “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 out new things.”

Here is the list of the top 50 activities over 50s intend to pursue:

  1. Travel more
  2. Retire
  3. Make new friends
  4. Pay off the mortgage
  5. Attend 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. Dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant
  13. Learn to play a musical instrument
  14. Move abroad
  15. Relocate 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. Skydive
  29. Encourage my children to move out
  30. Try surfing
  31. Cycle on a mountain
  32. Undergo facial cosmetic surgery (e.g., Botox or a facelift)
  33. Obtain 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 to fly a plane
  41. Encourage my children to move in
  42. Take up skiing or snowboarding
  43. Undergo liposuction or a tummy tuck
  44. Try hang-gliding
  45. Set up an Instagram page
  46. Swim the English Channel
  47. Try kickboxing
  48. Perfect a handstand
  49. Have a breast augmentation
  50. Set up a Tinder profile