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These Are The World’s 6 Most Popular Bucket List Destinations, According To New Report 

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Are you thinking ahead to your next adventure? There’s never been a better time to get out, explore, and start ticking things off your bucket list.  

The team at Kuoni looked at global search volumes for over 115 travel bucket list items and found the trending travel bucket list destinations.  

These Are The World’s 6 Most Popular Bucket List Destinations, According To New Report

Some of these are easier to achieve than others, but they are all incredible experiences you will never forget.  

There are the world’s 6 most popular bucket list experiences:  

Visit The Maldives

The Maldives has topped the charts as the bucket list destination most people would like to visit and it’s easy to see why.  

tropical island with colorful fish in the turquoise sea, coconut palm trees and deep blue sky in the Maldives islands

They boast white sandy beaches, tropical blue waters, and incredible sunsets. It is a picture-perfect beach destination for travelers who want to feel like they’re in paradise.  

The Maldives is also well known for its water sports and other adventure activities. Snorkeling here is considered some of the best in the world because of the wide spectrum of marine life found in the Indian Ocean.  

Get Splashed At Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls isn’t just one waterfall but a group of waterfalls that border Canada and the state of New York, and no matter what angle you choose to view this spectacle you’re sure to be amazed.  

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A boat in front of Niagara Falls

To get splashed at Niagara Falls you’re going to want to take one of the many boat trips that will take passengers to the base of the waterfall and right into the splash zone!  

Not sure whether to visit the Canadian or American side of the falls? Experiencing both is another bucket list dream for some, and it is well worth enjoying the attraction from both angles. The experience on each side will be unique and enjoyable in its own way.  

Go To Paris To See The Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most instantly recognizable pieces of art in the world, and it is housed in the Louvre in the heart of Paris.  

Around 7.5 million people visit the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa every year, with daily visitor numbers capped at 30,000 people per day.  

The pyramid domes at the Lourve, Paris, France.

Because of this visitor cap, if you do head to Paris to explore the Louvre, then you should book your entry tickets in advance. This is especially true if you are traveling during peak periods.  

Other ‘bucket list’ pieces of art you shouldn't miss if you’re spending time in the Louvre include the famous statue of The Venus de Milo or the 33-foot-long Coronation of Napoleon.  

And of course the Mona Lisa isn’t the only bucket list attraction in Paris. Climbing to the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower or hearing the bells of Notre Dame when it reopens are also popular bucket list attractions for many.  

Visit Bora Bora

Bora Bora is a beautiful and unspoiled island paradise that has no crowds and is considered to be the most beautiful island in the world. So it’s easy to see what it’s on so many travelers' bucket lists!  

Bora Bora is part of French Polynesia in the South Pacific Ocean.  Its unique geography means that it boasts a dramatic peak called Mt Otemanu which is surrounded by a huge turquoise lagoon and a string of smaller islands around its reef. 

A wooden walkway leads over the water to bungalows in Bora Bora

It is seeing this turquoise lagoon and the spectacular spectrum of colors it offers that makes Bora Bora such a must-visit destination.  

Like the Maldives, Bora Bora is a popular destination for honeymooners because it is considered such a romantic island paradise. Its over-water bungalows are a particularly popular choice for this reason.  

Climb The Statue of Liberty in New York

Climbing to the top of the Statue of Liberty comes in at number 5 on the list of most popular bucket list destinations.  

The Statue Of Liberty Pictured Against The Backdrop Of The Manhattan Skyline In New York City, United States

This experience offers incredible views across New York city, but it isn’t an adventure for the unfit! It takes a staggering 350 steps to reach the tallest point, so plenty of stamina and a pair of comfortable sneakers are essential.  

This isn’t the only bucket-list experience you can enjoy in New York City. Climbing to the top of the Empire State Building and taking a carriage ride around Central Park are also popular experiences in the city.  

See The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are considered one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena in the world. They are caused by electrically charged particles entering the Earth's upper atmosphere at a very high speed, and they’re exciting because they’re totally unpredictable!  

If you dream of watching the sky flash green as the Northern Lights dance before your eyes, then there is no one destination you need to visit.  

The Northern Lights in Norway

The Northern Lights can be seen from a range of different places including Alaska, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, and Finland.  

November to February is considered the best time of year to see the Northern Lights because it is the time of year when you have the longest and darkest night skies.  

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Thursday 7th of September 2023

Please keep Me ingormed

Stephen Suley

Thursday 7th of September 2023

Just some thoughts after touring 50 countries between ages of 37-43.

Touring Bora Bora and Maldives is all about nature. Beautiful nature. Unique nature? Not really. More special than other beautiful nature? No. Once you've seen one or more remote beautiful topical island you have seen 95% of what all of them have to offer. The people and culture and it's history are special and unique, yes. However, that's not why most go to Bora Bora and Maldives for.

Got a romantic and lazy honeymoon to plan? Then sure, go to Bora Bora and Maldives Tahiti, Cook islands, etc.. type places, otherwise you will be better served by sticking to much more unique and special destinations (which also have beautiful nature).

If nature combined with unique and special is what you're looking for I recommend Bali over Bora Bora and Maldives. If you want a remote romantic version of what Bali has to offer I recommend an excursion from Bali to the Gili Islands.