Published On: Thu, Jul 29th, 2021

Average holiday bucket list will take 11 years to complete – and cost £35,790, study finds


Seeing the northern lights, cruising in the Caribbean, and reaching the top of the Eiffel Tower are some of the most popular activities on our travel bucket lists.

And the must-visit destinations topping the list include Australia, Canada, Alaska, Barbados and The Bahamas.

The research, commissioned by Royal Caribbean International which celebrated its return to cruising in the UK this month, also found that nearly half of our bucket lists have got longer during the pandemic.

And they are getting so long that 70 percent fear they’ll never manage to cross everything off.

Ben Bouldin, vice president, EMEA, Royal Caribbean International said: “With so much time away from travelling, UK families have been planning their dream adventures over the past months.

“The research shows that the average UK holidaymaker has around 12 must-do experiences on their bucket lists and that this list is growing all the time.

“The UK’s ultimate bucket list features some brilliant activities, and it’s likely they will want to ensure their next getaway enables them to enjoy an array of experiences in one trip.”

When adding a destination to their bucket list, UK holidaymakers are keen to ensure it has amazing landscapes, a range of activities and excursions, opportunities to explore different cultures, and delicious food.

Seeing Mount Fuji is among the nation’s top 20 activities – as are walking along the Great Wall of China, island hopping in Greece and swimming with dolphins.

Many of those polled would also like to travel on the Orient Express, stay in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives, and take in the views from the Empire State Building.

The study, carried out through OnePoll, found half (49 percent) consider ticking off activities and experiences on their travel list as one of their biggest life goals.

And as such, 56 percent said they always take into consideration how they can live out their bucket list when booking a holiday.

However, the problem for 49 percent of adults is that they feel the best countries to visit tend to be the ones which are furthest away.

THE UK’S TOP 20 TRAVEL BUCKET LIST DESTINATIONS:

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. Alaska
  4. Barbados
  5. The Bahamas
  6. New Zealand
  7. Italy
  8. Iceland
  9. Japan
  10. Brazil
  11. Greece and the Greek Isles
  12. North America (not including Alaska)
  13. Thailand
  14. Antigua
  15. Norway
  16. Bermuda
  17. Portugal
  18. Singapore
  19. China
  20. Cyprus

THE UK’S TOP 20 TRAVEL BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCES:

  1. See the northern lights
  2. Go to Disney World in Florida
  3. Make it to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  4. Visit Pompeii
  5. Drive Route 66
  6. Go to a safari in Africa
  7. Go to a casino in Las Vegas
  8. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
  9. Swim with dolphins
  10. Travel on the Orient Express
  11. Go island hopping in Greece
  12. Pay respects at Auschwitz
  13. Climb the Empire State Building
  14. Cruising in the Caribbean
  15. Hike the Great Wall of China
  16. Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  17. See Mount Fuji in Japan
  18. Rail trip around Europe
  19. See a bear in Canada
  20. Stay at an overwater bungalow in the Maldives 



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