Last updated: 05:00 PM ET, Thu October 13 2016

What Is The Ultimate Bucket List Trip?

Features & Advice | Rich Thomaselli | October 13, 2016

What Is The Ultimate Bucket List Trip?

PHOTO: The Northern Lights. (Courtesy Facebook)

Ah, the old Bucket List. It’s life’s little chart of all one wants to accomplish before the inevitable, including travel.

Now, a United Kingdom-based credit eligibility specialist, has commissioned a survey asking respondents what their ultimate bucket list of trips would look like, and how much they would be willing to spend.

At the top? Maybe the "brightest" trip you can take – venturing north to witness the Northern Lights of the Aurora Borealis.

Rounding out the top five were an African safari, walking the Great Wall of China, visiting the Grand Canyon and taking a cruise around the world.

Coming in at No. 6 was traveling to Egypt to see the pyramids, followed by whale watching, spending a New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square, gambling in Las Vegas and taking a cross-country road trip in the U.S.

Now ….

How much would you be willing to spend to achieve one of these bucket list items?

Well, a survey commissioned by revealed that respondents would be willing to part with between $6,444 and $12,888 on completing their travel goals.

But with the cost of completing the ‘top 10 bucket list activities’ coming in at a whopping $23,866 (at an average cost per activity of $2,387), that would only be enough to complete five bucket list items.

Going on safari ($7,217) was the most expensive of the trips, while taking an American road trip ($4,337) was No. 2.

“We all have a bucket list, but many of us probably don’t take the time to work out how much it would cost to complete,” Joe Gardiner, Head of Brand and Communications for, said in a statement. “If you’re serious about getting everything done before you kick the bucket, then that’s where you have to start.”

Fear not – there were some activities on the ultimate bucket list that were free, or at little to no cost, including traveling to be an extra in a movie, writing a novel and competing in a marathon.

“Planning ahead and staying on top of your finances is essential if you’re going to get the most bang for your buck, especially when it comes to traveling and life experiences,” Gardiner added.


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