The bucket list: Part One

Whether they've written it down on a piece of paper or simply keep it in their head, most people have a few things that they want to experience, see or achieve in their lifetime. This list of things is usually called a bucket list, a name that's probably inspired by the phrase 'to kick the bucket'.

You may have already checked off a few of the items on your bucket list, but often due to work, family and other commitments, we have to wait until retirement to really pursue the things we'd like to experience in life. Here, in a two-part article, we look at some of the top-voted bucket list items, as revealed in a study of over 2,000 people. In part two we'll be offering the best tips and advice on how you can achieve your bucket list goals. But first, let's look at which dreams made it into the top ten.

Interestingly, two of the top ten bucket list ideas were related to finances, including the number one bucket list item: 'become a millionaire'. At number five was the more realistic desire to pay off a mortgage. This is something that many people aim to achieve by the time they retire, to reduce their outgoings once their incoming salary stops.

Unsurprisingly, a great many of the most popular bucket list ideas were related to travel. In fact, of the top ten bucket list favourites, seven were about travelling. At number two was the very general wish to 'travel the world', while the rest of the top travel ideas were focused on specific sights and countries such as the Northern lights and Antarctica. Ranking at number seven - quite appropriately - was to see the Seven Wonders of the World.

Again, travelling ambitions are usually something that people have to wait until they retire to achieve. By this point, most people have fewer commitments, both professional and personal, and if they have their finances in order and their assets protected, they are in a more comfortable to visit the places they have always wanted to see.

Other popular bucket list items included unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as taking a hot-air balloon ride, dining at a Michelin-star restaurant and acting as an extra in a Hollywood film. Many people also said that they hoped to gain a variety of skills, including learning a language, a musical instrument and to fly a plane or helicopter.

Do any of these match up with your own bucket list? Join us for part two soon, where we'll be looking at some ways to help you achieve your bucket list goals.

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