Travel goals top US bucket lists

Americans focused on travel despite economic woes, says Princess survey

By Adam Lawrence |

Travel remains at the top of Americans’ priority list, according to a new survey commissioned by Princess Cruises.

If Americans could only accomplish one goal in their lifetime, nearly threequarters would choose a travel-related goal, the survey reveals. Of the 1,000 Americans polled, almost half (46 per cent) plan on making a New Year’s resolution, and among these physical health (73 per cent) and financial health (42 per cent) are top picks, but more than a third plan to make a travel-related resolution.

Nearly two thirds (65 per cent) of Americans have a list of places they want to go and things they want to do before they die. More surprising, younger Americans are really embracing the lists. Americans aged 18-34 (70 per cent) are more likely to have a bucket list than those ages 35 and older (63 per cent).

What’s the key to crossing things off a bucket list? Roughly half (46 per cent) of Americans think having a concrete plan to cross one item per year off their list is the best strategy to move through their lists. Other helpful approaches include partnering with a friend or family member (40 per cent) or making a private list (27 per cent), while making a public list such as on a social media site (10 per cent) seems the least helpful.

What do you do when your significant other’s list differs from yours? When crossing items off their bucket lists, 63 per cent of those with a significant other would alternate items on their list with items on their significant other’s list. Less popular choices include doing whichever is least expensive (12 per cent), doing whichever is easiest (11 per cent), doing items from each list separately (eight per cent), or doing something entirely different that’s not on either list (six per cent).

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