Global Travel Site Reveals Top 50 Bucket List Destinations

Bucket list travel destinations

Global travel site Big 7 Travel has released the official list of the ‘Top 50 Bucket List Destinations 2019’.

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.

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.


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.