The top 20 bucket list travel experiences

The top bucket list travel experiences include The Northern Lights, an American road trip, and a safari in Africa. 

The Northern Lights is the most wanted travel experience, for British travelers anyway.

This is according to a new survey conducted by Bucket List Travels, a new “specialist travel inspiration website dedicated to the discovery of the world’s greatest bucket list travel” (via Forbes). The study of more than 2,000 Brits also found that their biggest regret at the end of their lives will be not having explored enough of the world. 

The Northern Lights were followed by an American road trip and a safari in Africa. Exploring the Great Barrier Reef and cruising Norway’s Fjords round out the top five. 

Over 50% of respondents said they’d like to see at least five more different countries in their lifetime, with more than a third saying they chase bucket list travel opportunities whenever they get a chance. Singles and younger people were more likely to be doing this, not surprisingly.

“A third of those in the Bucket List Travels survey said that travel refreshes their mental perspective on their lives, focusing back on the positives and less on the negatives. Medical studies indicate that there are many holistic, physical and mental benefits of travel that are significantly enhanced when going somewhere new. We feel a sense of achievement having been somewhere new. People also say travel helps them build closer relationships with their family and friends, appreciate what they have, gain an increased sense of mindfulness and even enjoy better sleep.”

Matt Roach, Founder of Bucket List Travels, says: “the world’s greatest light show, it’s no wonder the Northern Lights came out on top. A remarkable, ethereal light display that’s one of nature’s greatest spectacles.” Also among the top ten most desired experiences are seeing Niagara Falls, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Great Wall of China.

The full list of top 20 bucket list travel experiences according to the survey is as follows:

See the Northern Lights
American Road Trip
Safari in Africa
Great Barrier Reef
Cruise Norway’s Fjords
Niagara Falls
Eiffel Tower & Louvre
Pyramids of Giza/Cruise Nile
Great Wall of China
Go whale watching
Machu Picchu
Alaskan Cruise
Grand Canyon
Swim with dolphins
Ride the Bullet Train
Statue of Liberty/Empire State Building
Taj Mahal
Galapagos islands
Petra (Jordan’s Lost City)
The Amazon Rainforest
The Great Wall of China


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