Your comment might assume that there is no life in retirement - although I am sure that isn't what you are saying. I think that people are more wishing their current jobs away so that they can start their new career - retirement!! To be honest, if your life is as bad as mine was when I last taught in the UK (2001), I would happily wish away a year or so just to get out. Like Hippo, I am also finishing an overseas contract and retiring to UK at 61 years old. Already claiming the 21 years TPS since April and will be using savings from overseas to generate further income until the State Pension (hopefully) kicks in when I am 66. .... and going on lots of cheap holidays, visiting my 'kids' and grandchildren, and generally (again hopefully) working through my bucket list. As the kids say "Bring it on!!"