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Top travel motivators and bucket list experiences for young travelers revealed

Top travel motivators and bucket list experiences for young travelers revealed

Over 5,000 18-35 year olds around the world were recently polled to discover what motivates them to travel and create the The No Regrets List, the top 20 bucket list travel experiences for 2017.

According to the study, 71 percent of U.S. millennials and post-millennials, view experiences as the most important thing in their lives – which is why the top 20 places on their bucket lists aren’t just destinations, they’re experiences.  Bathing in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon tops the list as the most desired travel experience for 2017, followed by seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza and walking the Great Wall of China.

The research delves into the key motivators of young people, citing that more than half view learning about other cultures and appreciating natural beauty as the most motivating reasons to travel.  The majority of their travel decisions are largely influenced by their desire to have authentic social experiences (75%), followed by cultural (61%) and culinary (61%) experiences.


1. Bathe in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

2. See the Great Pyramids of Giza

3. Walk the Great Wall of China

4. Chill out on the beach in Byron Bay

5. Learn how to make pizza in Italy

6. Road trip down route 66

7. Float on a gondola through the canals of Venice

8. Kiss someone at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

9. Watch sea turtles lay their eggs in Costa Rica

10. Go on a picnic in the French countryside

11. Party in Las Vegas

12. Visit Yosemite National Park in the USA

13. Watch the sunrise over the Ayers Rock in Australia

14. Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

15. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris

16. Try all of the gelato in Rome

17. Explore the Grand Canyon by helicopter

18. Cuddle a Koala in Queensland

19. Zip line through the rainforest in Costa Rica

20. Ride a bike through Amsterdam

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