The French were the most likely to want to retire but feel unable to do so, followed by Argentinians.
More respondents wanted to give up work for good in order to travel and pursue personal interests than to spend more time with family. Nearly one in three said they were bored of the everyday routine of work and almost a quarter said their job was negatively impacting their physical or mental health.
"People should consider these aspirations when planning for retirement and ensure they are making sufficient financial provisions for this new chapter in life. Even small amounts saved today can lay the groundwork for a comfortable retirement tomorrow," Nunn said.
Of those who would like to retire but were unable, 64 percent blamed insufficient savings, with dependents and excessive debt also cited.
In Asia, Indonesian pre-retirees are best prepared for a comfortable retirement, according to a DBS-Manulife survey out this month, trumping those in Hong Kong and Singapore, where costs of living can be very high.
HSBC advised aspiring retirees to start saving early for retirement, assume that it will be a long and active one and consider how to pay for potential healthcare needs, as well as take early steps to improve one's health.