19 July 2019 – Global travel site Big 7 Travel has released the official list of the ‘Top 50 Bucket List Destinations 2019’.
One Croatian destination has made the list with Dubrovnik coming in No.12th on the global list.
“Following on from sample survey results* of our 1.5million social audience, we found out which destinations across the world feature most on people’s bucket lists. Bali, Indonesia, came in at No.1, with New Orleans, USA at No.2 and Ireland’s Ring of Kerry at No.3,” Big 7 Travel said.
People were also more likely to add a destination to their list if they had seen it on social media – our study found that 33% of people research holiday destinations via their Instagram feed.
Unsurprisingly, countries with naturally beautiful scenery or world-famous landmarks came out on top. 22% of the top bucket list destinations have white sandy beaches, while 52% are an iconic city. The average number of destinations on a bucket list is 11, with people hoping to visit at least seven of those places during the lifetime.
TOP 15 BUCKET LIST DESTINATIONS 2019:
15th. Paro Valley, Bhutan
14th. Rome, Italy
13th. Edinburgh, Scotland
12th. Dubrovnik, Croatia
11th. New York, USA
10th. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
9th. Dubai, UAE
8th. Cape Town, South Africa
7th. Paris, France
6th. The Maldives
5th. Sydney, Australia
4th. Marrakech, Morocco
3rd. Kerry, Ireland
2nd. New Orleans, USA
1st. Bali, Indonesia
Countries who made it into the Top 25 include Scotland and Italy, as well as Tokyo, thanks to its futuristic buildings and old-meets-new vibe. Other places in the Top 50 to add to your ‘must-visit’ include Bhutan and Jordan.
- For the full list of the Top 50 Bucket List Destinations of 2019, please see here.
Instagram shows no sign of slowing down as a key driver in travel trends:
67% of people surveyed by Big 7 Travel said they have visited a new destination after seeing it on Instagram.
While printed guidebooks still have their uses, more and more tourists are using only Instagram for travel recommendations – 33% of people surveyed say they research their upcoming holiday destination via their Instagram feed.
With 77% of people surveyed taking 2-5 holidays a year (including weekend breaks), the most popular travel content on social media are Bucket List experiences and luxury hotels.
*A representative sample of 9,837 people from countries across the world was used for this study.