Seeing the Northern Lights tops Brits’ post-Covid travel bucket lists

Seeing the Northern Lights, travelling on the Orient Express, and going on a safari in South Africa are the top things on Brits' post-Covid travel bucket lists.

Walking along the Great Wall of China and driving on Route 66 also ranked highly in the survey of 2,000 adults.

It also emerged the average Brit now has eight things they want to accomplish on their travel bucket lists – which, for 31 percent, is more than they would have pre-Covid.

Despite this, 38 percent admit to visiting the same destinations over and over again – as they know what to expect.

A spokesman from Medicspot, a government-recognised Covid test provider which commissioned the study, said: “Despite all the travel disruption caused by the pandemic, our love for travelling certainly hasn’t dampened.

“We all have a list of things we want to accomplish – and, if anything, the pandemic has made us realise how important it is to stop thinking about them and start doing them.”

The study also found that after 37 percent were forced to cancel a foreign holiday due to the pandemic, nearly four in ten have a list of things they want to do and places they want to visit once all restrictions are lifted.

And 41 percent claimed that thinking about these things helped them mentally during the pandemic.

For 45 percent, Covid has made them open to trying new experiences, and over half (53 percent) reckon they’ll have ticked off more from their “travel bucket list” than their parents ever did.

It also emerged that after losing two years to the virus, 62 percent would like to visit new destinations instead of their usual holiday spots.

Almost two-thirds want to make new family memories, while 58 percent want to make up for lost time, and half have a new appreciation for life.

The top reasons why people polled, via OnePoll, think it’s important to have bucket-list goals in life is to have something to aim for (39 percent) and to make you feel alive (31 percent).

Other reasons that featured on the list included spending your money because you can’t take it with you when you go (24 percent), and having have something to save for (21 percent).

The spokesman for Medicspot added: “Travelling and trying new experiences give us something to look forward to during these uncertain times.

“It’s fantastic to see people are still optimistic about making the most of life and eager to start ticking things off their list.

“With lateral flow tests now being accepted by many popular destinations, it will become so much easier to do the things you want without any stress or worry.”


  1. See the Northern Lights
  2. Travel on the Orient Express
  3. Go on safari in Africa
  4. Walk along the Great Wall of China
  5. Travel on Route 66
  6. Stay in an over-water bungalow in the Maldives
  7. See the Statue of Liberty in New York
  8. See the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
  9. Swim with dolphins
  10. See Mount Fuji in Japan
  11. Pay respects in Auschwitz
  12. Climb Machu Picchu
  13. Go island hopping in Greece
  14. Go to DisneyWorld in Florida
  15. Visit the Seven Wonders of the World
  16. Have a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon
  17. Float in the Dead Sea
  18. Go to a casino in Las Vegas
  19. Stay in an ice hotel in Norway
  20. See Father Christmas in Lapland
  21. Travel the Pacific Coast Highway
  22. Visit the orangutan sanctuary in Borneo
  23. See Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii
  24. Travel anywhere on a private jet
  25. Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  26. See a bear in Canada
  27. See the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  28. See icebergs in Greenland
  29. Swim with turtles in Hawaii
  30. Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef

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