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Revealed: the 17 ultimate bucket-list travel experiences

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Desperate for travel inspiration? Look no further; a new survey, which polled 1,000 people from the UK, has revealed the ultimate bucket list destinations for travel dreamers everywhere.

And the Northern Lights, one of the world’s most beautiful natural phenomenon, has been deemed the most popular experience to aim for in your lifetime.

It was followed closely by safari through the African savannah, and a hike across the Great Wall of China…

However it’s safe to say that some of the others on the list, compiled by TotallyMoney.com, were a little more niche. 



Think natural geysers, daring mountain climbs, and an unforgettable New Year’s Eve, to name but three.

The bucket list isn’t the only thing that TotallyMoney.com have come up with; they’ve also got a handy new Bucket List Calculator on their site. 

All you have to do is tell them your age, your annual income, and all the places you’d love to see in your lifetime.

They’ll then work out the total cost, as well as the amount you’ll need to squirrel away each month to be able to pay it all off.

It’s a tad boring and grown up, but we guess it’s the only way to make those dreams a reality.

Scroll through to see the ultimate countdown of the top 17 bucket list destinations - and add to your own wanderlist accordingly...

  • Visiting the Taj Mahal

    Sitting on the south bank of Agra’s Yamuna River, the ivory-white Taj Mahal (meaning ‘crown of palaces’) is one of the wonders of the world. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal – and it’s every bit as beautiful as you may expect.

  • Climbing a daring mountain

    From Kilimanjaro, to the Rockies, to Mount Everest, there are plenty of climbing challenges for you to tackle – and just think how amazing you’ll feel when you reach the top and soak in those views.

  • Visiting Yellowstone National Park

    America’s first national park is home to dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. And, if you’re quiet and respectful of the natural world around you, you may even get a glimpse at one of the park’s bears, wolves, bison, antelope, or elk…

  • Going up the Empire State Building

    If you’re already in NYC for New Year’s Eve, why not kill two birds with one stone and clamber to the top of Manhattan’s iconic Empire State Building; it’ll grant you some seriously unforgettable views of the city.

  • Seeing New England in the autumn

    The autumnal colours across the north-east coast of America are so beautiful, so riotous, and so vibrant that they can even be seen from space. Definitely worth visiting the States in the Fall, we say…

  • Climbing the Eiffel Tower

    One of the most instantly recognisable structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower is over 900ft tall and offers stunning panoramic views across the city of love.

  • Visiting romantic Venice

    Ditch the cars and opt for gondolas in this beautiful Italian city – and be sure to sup on gelato, pasta, pizza, seafood, and red wine aplenty, too.

  • Taking a great American road trip

    There are countless songs, books, and films written about the magic and romance of driving off into the American sunset – and Route 66 is right there at the top of many die-hard travellers’ lists. 

  • Gambling in Las Vegas

    It seems as if The Hangover hasn’t put people off visiting Sin City at all; in fact, quite the reverse – thousands of still people are still hitting the surreal landscapes of Las Vegas to try their luck on the tables.

  • Spending New Year’s Eve in New York

    The city that never sleeps, NYC is famed for seeing in the new year in style. Make sure to get a good spot on Time Square to watch the ball drop at midnight.

  • Going whale watching

    Whether you choose to do your whale watching in Australia, Ireland, or California, it’s safe to say that your encounter with these magnificent beasts will be truly unforgettable.

  • Seeing the Egyptian Pyramids

    The Great Pyramid of Giza is dubbed one of the wonders of the world for a reason – and, after over 4,000 years of hype, it’s easy to see why the work of the ancient Egyptians is still so high on people’s must-see list. 

  • Travelling the world on a cruise

    Whether you choose to sail the Med, the Caribbean, or somewhere completely different, luxury cruises aren’t just for the elderly anymore…

  • Viewing the Grand Canyon

    One of the most popular natural wonders of the world, this is well worth the trip to Arizona.

  • Walking the Great Wall of China

    Or, if you don’t fancy walking, try running or cycling the ancient wall as it snakes its way between China and Mongolia. You can even spend the night in one of the watchtowers, if you organise your trip accordingly.

  • Viewing magnificent predators on safari

    The Serengeti is one of the most famous national parks on the planet, thanks to the magnificent lions that prowl the savannah. Time your trip just right and you may also get a glimpse of the wildebeest on their great migration.

  • Seeing the spectacular Northern Lights

    Fly to the Arctic to witness the unique natural phenomenon that is the Aurora Borealis.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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