Many travellers, wanting to make the most of their limited international holidays, look to curate a personalised bucket list. By narrowing down the options, hopeful travellers can curate a particular experience, with the goal of visiting some iconic destinations.
UK-based luxury travel company Kuoni has considered the bucket-list locations of keen travellers in a new ranking, using global search data from Google to consider the popularity of 119 bucket-list items from searches made in 219 countries. In the final ranking, Kuoni has highlighted the top-ranking travel destinations and activities for travellers. There is a wide range of much-desired holidays, from adrenaline-pumping trips to great artistic endeavours.
At the top of the list, travellers looked to visit the Maldives in South Asia, likely looking to the islands for its scenic beaches and expansive blue waters. The Maldives topped the list as the most popular destination across 112 countries, including here in New Zealand.
Niagra Falls, spanning the border of Canada and the US, came in at second place. According to Kuoni, travellers were specifically looking for the opportunity to don rain ponchos and experience a good splashing by the famed waterfall.
Then, at number three, travellers looked to see the famed wry smile of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.
This is hardly surprising, as the painting is regularly crowded by tourists looking to catch a glimpse of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous portrait.
Other picks on the list include visiting iconic landmarks and attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and Big Ben. More immersive and demanding activities, like walking to Chichén Itzá and trekking the Himalayas, also made the list. Interestingly, the new ranking finds some parallels with a previous survey, which asked UK-based travellers to share their biggest travel regrets, in terms of the destinations they wished they had visited.
Kuoni’s top 20 bucket-list destinations:
- Visit the Maldives
- Get splashed at Niagara Falls
- See the Mona Lisa
- Visit Bora Bora
- Climb the Statue of Liberty
- See the Northern Lights
- Visit Stonehenge
- Visit the Taj Mahal
- See Times Square
- See the Burj Khalifa in Dubai
- Visit Pompeii
- Visit the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
- Visit Cinque Terre
- Visit Big Ben
- Walk to Chichén Itzá
- Trek through the Himalayas
- Visit Alcatraz
- Visit the White House
- Float on the Dead Sea
- Admire the views at Yosemite