A new survey reveals America’s top travel bucket list dreams.
Earlier this month, Marriott’s Spring Hill Suites announced the results of its fifth annual travel attitude survey. Who would have ever guessed that flying first class would rank at the top of people’s bucket lists? Perhaps, it speaks to how adverse the flying experience has become and the growing divide between luxury and economy travel. Admittedly, I always have a serious case of seat envy when I exit the plane through the rows of flat-bed seats.
In this nationally representative sample of more than 1000 Americans over the age of 18, these were the eight travel activities that ranked at the top of people’s bucket lists:
- Flying first class (30 percent)
- Researching their heritage (26 percent)
- Setting foot on all seven continents (24 percent)
- Taking an African safari (21 percent)
- Hiking a famous trail or mountain (18 percent)
- Visiting a place in every time zone (17 percent)
- Filling every page of their passport (17 percent)
- Bungee jumping or sky diving while on vacation (14 percent)
Unfortunately, the survey didn’t break out bucket list aspirations by age but it made me wonder whether over-50 travelers would share the same travel aspirations at this later stage of life. I certainly know that my own travel ambitions have changed over time.
I actually don’t keep a bucket list but thinking about it, one of the things I would really enjoy doing at this stage of life is to live as a local in another country for several months, perhaps in Mexico, Spain or France. Do you have a travel bucket list?
- Link to the Marriott Spring Hill Suites Survey