“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did.” Mark Twain
The Northern Lights are the most requested experience in a new survey conducted by travel experts Bucket List Travels. The study of over 2,000 British travelers also shows that their biggest regret at the end of their lives will be not having explored the world enough. The survey by Bucket List Travels, a new specialist travel inspiration website dedicated to uncovering the world’s biggest ‘bucket list’ trips, has shown that most of us have a travel bucket list. Of the top five bucket list spots, one The American road trip came in second, followed by a safari in Africa, exploring the Great Barrier Reef and sailing the Fjords of Norway.
Over 50% of respondents said they would like to see at least five more different countries in their lifetime, with over a third making bucket list trips whenever they get the chance. Not surprisingly, this is highest among singles and younger age groups.
The Roman philosopher Seneca said that “travel and change of place give the mind new energy.” A third of those in the Bucket List Travels survey said that travel refreshes their mental outlook on their lives, focusing again on the positive and less on the negative. Medical studies show that there are many holistic, physical and mental benefits of travel that increase significantly when you go somewhere new. We feel a sense of accomplishment that we have been somewhere new. People also say that traveling helps them form closer relationships with their family and friends, appreciate what they have, gain a greater sense of self-awareness, and even enjoy better sleep.
Matt Roach, Founder of Bucket List Travels, says: “The biggest light show in the world, it’s no wonder the Northern Lights came out on top. An extraordinary, ethereal light show that is one of nature’s greatest spectacles.” Also in the top ten most coveted experiences are seeing Niagara Falls, visiting the Eiffel Tower, marveling at the Pyramids of Giza, visiting the Great Wall of China and watching whales. The full list of the top 20 travel experiences, according to the survey, was:
- See Northern Lights
- American Road Trip
- Safari in Africa
- The Great Barrier
- Safari in Africa
- Sail the fjords of Norway
- See Niagara Falls
- The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre
- Pyramids of Giza/Nile Cruise
- Great Chinese wall
- Go whale watching
- Machu Picchu
- Alaskan cruise
- Visit the Grand Canyon
- Swimming with dolphins
- Ride the bullet train
- See Statue of Liberty/Empire State
- Visit the Taj Mahal
- Visit the Galapagos Islands
- Petra (The Lost City of Jordan)
- Visit the Amazon rainforest
Bucket List Travels currently features over 2,200 recommendations hand-picked by top, specialist travel writers from around the world, complemented by more than 25,000 destination images. It includes most of the world’s signature and famous travel experiences, which are added regularly, alongside many lesser-known but equally, if not more, rewarding destinations. An advanced search engine allows travel seekers to quickly search for these recommendations and filter the results according to their specific needs and wants – a huge time saver.
Once the traveler has found something to do or somewhere to go, the site aims to help plan vacations by providing destination guides, recommended places to stay nearby, recommendations on who to book with, and ready-made, easy itineraries. Bucket List Travels is full of great suggestions, each with a link on how to make it happen. A recent roundup of the best travel experiences in 2023 suggests a variety of things like diving in a natural sinkhole, going inside a volcano, truffle hunting in Tuscany or a road trip around Iceland.
The site makes searching for bucket list trips much easier and allows users to save their favorites, create their own personal travel bucket list.