The travel experiences that people over 70 didn’t have when they were younger have been uncovered – and seeing the Northern Lights is number one.
Almost two-thirds (39%) of Britons aged 70 and over say they regret not seeing the Aurora Borealis light up.
Experience comes in second with visiting the Maldives, the Great Pyramids of Giza, seeing Machu Picchu and Niagara Falls – 19 percent of seniors regret not having all of these travel highlights.
Unfortunately, the over-70s also missed out on a visit to the Taj Mahal in India (3rd place, 18 percent).
The rankings are based on a new survey by adventure travel agency Explore Worldwide, which found that the majority of people aged 70 and over “have travel regrets”.
The travel experiences over-70s regretted when they were younger have been revealed – and seeing the Northern Lights is number one
In conducting the study, the travel brand surveyed more than 500 Britons aged 70 and over and asked them about the travel experiences around the world they would like to have.
Other top experiences over 70s won’t want to miss are walking the Great Wall of China (4th place, 17 percent), visiting the ruins of Petra in Jordan (each 5th place, 13 percent) and a African Safari (tie). 5th place, 13 percent).
Taking a drive in California (#6, 11 percent) is another activity people say they would like to have done.
Apart from the top 10, other travel experiences that travelers over 70 sadly missed out on are a trip to Japan to see the spring cherry blossoms, visit the Italian lakes, see the Norwegian fjords and drive Route 66.
TRAVEL EXPERIENCES OVER 70 SORRY TO MISS
1. See the Northern Lights – 39 percent
2=Visit the Maldives – 19 percent
2=Seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza – 19 percent
2=Visit Machu Picchu – 19 percent
2= Niagara Falls – 19 percent
3. A visit to the Taj Mahal – 18 percent
4. Walk the Great Wall of China – 17 percent
5= View the ruins of Petra in Jordan – 13 percent
5= An African safari – 13 percent
6. Take a road trip through California – 11 percent
Source: Explore Worldwide
Nineteen percent of the older generation regret not having seen the Great Pyramids of Giza
Not seeing Machu Picchu in Peru is a major travel regret for over 70s
Not visiting New York and not seeing a Broadway show is another regret, as are more long-distance train trips, like the United States. B. Travel on Australia’s Ghan Railway.
Overall, 62 per cent say there is one place in the world they regret never going to, with Australia, New Zealand, the US, Japan and Canada the most frequently mentioned countries.
Elsewhere in the study, more than 500 Britons aged 40 to 55 were surveyed to find out what travel experiences they would like to see in the next decade.
It seems that middle-aged people have a strong desire to see more of the world in the coming years.
The most popular “travel wishes” for midlifers reflect the regrets of the older generation – seeing the Northern Lights is number 1 (46 percent), followed by a visit to the Maldives (2nd place, 35 percent).
Then it’s to a Mediterranean beach (rank 3, 33 percent); see Niagara Falls (4th place, 30 percent); go to Disneyland or Disney World (5th place, 29 percent); take a road trip through California (#6, 26 percent); take a European cruise (7th place, 24 percent); and partying in Las Vegas (8th place, 23 percent).
Almost a fifth of over 70s regret never having holidayed in the Maldives (above)
19 percent of Britons over 70 have a deep regret of not seeing Niagara Falls (above).
The rest of the list consists of an African safari (9th place, 21 percent); see the Great Pyramids of Giza (10th, 20 percent); Visit the Taj Mahal, take a gondola ride in Venice and walk the Great Wall of China (tied 11th, six percent); and visit Machu Picchu (12th, 15 percent) and hike the Inca Trail (13th, nine percent).
A whopping 85 percent of middle-aged people say they would like to visit a new country, with Italy, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the US emerging as the most popular places for middle-aged people to visit in the next decade. up to twenty years.
Commenting on the research, Michael Edwards, managing director at Explore, said: “By sharing the travel desires and regrets of generations, we hope to inspire people to book that special adventure they dream of.
“The biggest regret when you travel is that you never saw natural and historical wonders like the Northern Lights, Machu Picchu or the islands of the Maldives. These natural and historical wonders help us connect with our planet and our past, something that becomes more and more important to us as we age.”
He continues: “We’ve just released a new map (inspired by David Attenborough) that allows you to draw your itinerary on an interactive map and mark the places you still want to explore. With our research showing that so many over 70s regret not visiting more of the world, we hope our new map will encourage travelers to keep discovering new things.”
THE LOWEST OF THE TOP FIVE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES THE OLDER GENERATION DOESN’T REFUSE TO EXPERIENCE
See Northern Lights
Explore Worldwide says: “Packed with cultural and scientific significance, but also breathtakingly beautiful and only visible in certain places, it is very easy to see why the allure of the magical Northern Lights is so great. [the] Top spot as the travel experience most people regret never having seen. The beautiful light shows need the right conditions to be admired, which makes them all the more captivating. They occur in areas near the Earth’s magnetic poles, such as Iceland, Norway, Alaska and Canada.”
Visit the Maldives
“As the epitome of tropical paradise islands, respondents over 70 regret never having felt the white sand under their toes in the Maldives,” says Explore Worldwide. It goes on to say, “The country has some unique natural attractions as it sits atop a vast underwater mountain range, as well as its coral reef, lush green lagoons and beautiful and rich marine life.”
See the Great Pyramids of Giza
Explore Worldwide says: “One of the most recognizable and celebrated monuments in the world, the Pyramids of Giza are a showcase of incredible ancient engineering against a stunning desert backdrop.” amazing feat of hand building – many people regret going there. Look at the Pyramids of Giza.’
Visit Machu Picchu
Built in the 15th century, Machu Picchu is one of the few remaining examples of Inca architecture, made all the more special by its high location on a Peruvian ridge overlooking the Urubamba River, says Explore Worldwide. It continues: “The original stone terraces, walls and buildings were created without the use of iron tools or mortar, making them again a wonderful human construction. The trek required to visit the site makes it a popular travel experience that rewards adventurers with spectacular views and insights into ancient culture.”
See Niagara Falls
“The three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls are one of the most breathtaking natural wonders on earth,” says Explore Worldwide. The travel agency notes: “Often seen as a romantic setting, couples often honeymoon in this special place, but it is an extremely popular travel experience for those who want to marvel at the sheer power of Mother Nature – with millions of liters water that flows about. they stream the water flow. falling every minute.’ Explore Worldwide adds, “The older generation regrets not seeing Niagara Falls firsthand, whether from observation decks or a boat on the water or even a helicopter ride.”
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