Grand Canyon tops travel wishlist

A new survey has discovered the places Brits would most like to travel to before they ‘kick the bucket’.

The survey was conducted to coincide with the release of the film ‘The Bucket List’ starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. In the film the two characters discover they are terminally ill, and decide to make the most of the time they have left. Items on their ‘bucket list’ include climbing the Pyramids, a lion safari in Africa and a trip to the Taj Mahal.

The great British public agree with Nicholson and Freeman in their choice of the Pyramids in Egypt, placing it at number two in their travel wishlist. In fact amongst women, the Pyramids was the number one choice. But overall, and amongst men, the Grand Canyon topped the list of the places people would most like to visit.

Other places in the top 10 include the Great Barrier Reef at number 3, Niagara Falls at number 4, the Canadian Rockies at number 5, and the Great Wall of China at number 6. But rounding out the top 10 are the most popular destinations for a city break, in this order: New York, Sydney, Rome and Venice.

As well as being asking where they’d most like to visit, respondents were also asked what they’d most like to do before they die. Visiting the Seven Wonders of the World topped the list, going on safari came in at number three and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef was seventh.

But the other responses were all non-location specific. Swimming with dolphins was the second most popular thing to do, and other popular activities were a trip in a hot air balloon at number six and sky diving at number nine. All the other choices were non-travel related: learning to speak another language fluently was fourth, writing a best-selling novel fifth, watching DVDs eighth, and making up with a friend or family member tenth.

Written by: Nick Purdom