by Soo Kim from, The Daily Telegraph, November 16, 2016
Bathing in the Blue Lagoon of Iceland is the most coveted travel expereince amongst millennials (those born between the early Eighties and early 2000s), according to a new survey.
The top ranking of the country, known for its otherworldly glacial landscape, should come as no surprise; Iceland has fast emerged as one of Europe's most popular destinations, with new figures projecting that this year the number of American visitors alone will surpass the country’s population of 332,000.
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The No Regrets List survey of 5,000 international millennials, aged between 18 and 35, conducted by the travel company Contiki, suggested a general shift in travel interest from typical partying experiences towards more culture-based trips such as seeing the Pyramids of Giza, walking the Great Wall of China, and learning how to make pizza in Italy, which took the second, third and fifth place rankings, respectively.
“Chilling out” in Australia ’s Byron Bay was the fourth most coveted experience; watching the sunrise over Uluru (13th), snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef (14th) and cuddling a koala in Queensland (18th) were among the other Australian experiences that dominated the list.
The US was an equally popular destination for millennials, with a road trip down Route 66 (sixth) being the highest ranking US activity, followed by partying in Las Vegas (11th), visiting Yosemite National Park (12th), and taking a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon (17th).
France was also a popular European destination. Having a kiss at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and a picnic in the French countryside grabbed the eighth and 10th place slots respectively, while seeing Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting in France was the 15th most popular experience.
Back in Italy, millennials were eager to enjoy a gondola ride in Venice (seventh) and taste “all the gelato in Rome” (16th).
Costa Rica, which earlier this year was name the most satisfying place in which to live by the Happy Planet Index, was among the more unexpected inclusions to make the shortlist. The Central American country was featured twice for the experience of watching sea turtles lay their eggs on its coast (ninth) as well as enjoying a zipline ride through its rainforest (19th).
Ticking Costa Rica off the bucket list was made easier for millennials in London, with the launch of new direct flights from Gatwick to San Jose, the country’s capital, earlier this year by British Airways.
A bike ride through the cycle-friendly Dutch capital of Amsterdam rounded out the top 20 travel experiences for millennials.
Cycling in Amsterdam rounded out the millennial bucket list
- Bathe in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
- See the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
- Walk the Great Wall of China
- Chill out on the beach in Byron Bay, Australia
- Learn how to make pizza in Italy
- Road trip along Route 66 in the US
- Gondola ride in Venice
- Kiss at the Eiffel Tower in Paris
- Watch sea turtles lay their eggs in Costa Rica
- Picnic in the French countryside
- Party in Las Vegas
- Visit Yosemite National Park in the US
- Watch the sun rise over Uluru, Australia
- Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
- See the Mona Lisa in France
- Try all the gelato in Rome
- See the Grand Canyon in the US by helicopter
- Cuddle a koala in Queensland, Australia
- Zipline through the rainforest in Costa Rica
- Ride a bike through Amsterdam
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