Friday 2 December 2016

We dream of seeing the Northern Lights... if only we had the cash

Published 10/08/2015 | 08:26

A section of The Great Wall of China, in Badaling.
A section of The Great Wall of China, in Badaling.

Our dreams of seeing places like the Grand Canyon before we die are being dashed because of the costs involved.

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A new survey has found that a staggering 70pc of Irish people will have to rethink the places on their 'bucket list'.

While 54pc of people who took part in the survey, commissioned by AA Travel Insurance, had a travel bucket list, 70pc admitted that financial reasons are preventing them from fulfilling their dreams.

A further 26pc said work responsibilities were thwarting their travel plans, while one in five cited family obligations as the reason they couldn't travel.

The survey of more than 7,000 people also revealed that young Irish adults aged between 17 and 24 years old are the least likely to be able to afford ticking off their dream destinations, despite being the group aspiring to travel most.

Young adults also confessed that a "fear of the unknown" is a barrier to their travel plans - the highest of all age groups at over 10pc.

Respondents over the age of 65 years of age were the least likely to have a travel bucket list, with one in four saying their health was foiling such adventurous excursions.

The survey also looked at the top 10 experiences that Irish people wanted to have before they die.

A trip to view the Northern Lights came in at number one, with over half of respondents agreeing it is a must-see.

Would-be travellers nominated a visit to the Grand Canyon in second place (38pc), with the Great Wall of China coming in third (29pc).

These were followed by going on a safari trip (25pc), trekking the Inca Trail in Peru (20pc), visiting the Himalayas in Nepal (14pc), taking an elephant ride in Thailand (12pc), skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia (12pc), and diving with great white sharks (8pc).

However, just four per cent of those polled said they wanted to take on the challenge of climbing Mount Everest.

The survey shows that many people want to travel to far- flung destinations, according to AA Travel Insurance.

"It appears that we are a nation of would-be globetrotters and that we aspire to live life to the full," said Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at the AA.

"While our little island has plenty of undiscovered gems, we want to get our kicks in far-flung destinations.

"I'm no different, my bucket list includes seeing the giant redwood trees of northern California, the Northern Lights and the Southern Cross.

"I haven't travelled enough yet, but I will," Mr Faughnan added.

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