So how can we whittle down the very best of the best?
Luxury travel company Kuoni recently carried out a study to rank the world’s best bucket list places to visit, by scouring Google search data for 119 experiences across 219 countries.
This is the first time the company have collated the list and, reflecting on it, senior program manager Sheena Paton said: ‘We’ve previously created travel stories that have analysed the demand for different locations or the best landmarks to visit, but this unique study looks at every country’s most popular bucket list item.
‘We were intrigued to see how this might vary from country to country and which experiences would come out on top, so we decided to do this study to reveal what travellers around the world want to experience.’
Coming in first place is visiting the Maldives, topping the list for 121 countries – which is hardly surprising considering its picturesque beaches and crystal-clear waters.
Next up is Niagara Falls – on the Canadian and American border – which receives an impressive amount of searches each year, as people hope to get up close to the three waterfalls.
In third place is a cultural experience – seeing the Mona Lisa, in Paris. Every year, around 10 million people visit the Louvre to admire this iconic Leonardo da Vinci painting – and this popularity is clear through its global ranking.
Elsewhere, the United States has an impressive six places on the top 20 – making it the country with the most locations on the list.
US spots making an appearance in the worldwide roundup include the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the White House and Yosemite National Park.
You can find the full top 20 below…
Top 20 bucket list experiences, according to Kuoni:
1. Visit The Maldives
2. Get Splashed At Niagara Falls
3. See The Mona Lisa In Paris
4. Visit Bora Bora In French Polynesia
5. Climb The Statue Of Liberty In New York City
6. See The Northern Lights
7. Visit Stonehenge In England
8. Visit The Taj Mahal In India
9. See Times Square
10. See The Burj Khalifa In Dubai
11. Visit Pompeii
12. Visit Sagrada Familia In Barcelona
13. Visit Cinque Terre In Italy
14. Visit Big Ben In London
15. Visit Chichén Itzá In Mexico
16. Trek Through The Himalayas
17. Visit Alcatraz In San Francisco
18. Visit The White House In Washington, D.C.
19. Float On The Dead Sea
20. Admire The Views At Yosemite
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