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Top 2017 Millennial Travel Experiences Revealed

December 10, 2016 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Contiki, the global tour operator specializing in once-in-a-lifetime experiences for young travelers, recently polled over 5,000 18-35 year olds around the world to discover what motivates them to travel and create the The No Regrets List, the top 20 bucket list travel experiences for 2017.


According to the study, 71 percent of U.S. millennials and post-millennials, view experiences as the most important thing in their lives – which is why the top 20 places on their bucket lists aren’t just destinations, they’re experiences.  Bathing in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon tops the list as the most desired travel experience for 2017, followed by seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza and walking the Great Wall of China.

The research delves into the key motivators of young people, citing that more than half view learning about other cultures and appreciating natural beauty as the most motivating reasons to travel.  The majority of their travel decisions are largely influenced by their desire to have authentic social experiences (75%), followed by cultural (61%) and culinary (61%) experiences.


  1. Bathe in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
  2. See the Great Pyramids of Giza
  3. Walk the Great Wall of China
  4. Chill out on the beach in Byron Bay
  5. Learn how to make pizza in Italy
  6. Road trip down route 66
  7. Float on a gondola through the canals of Venice
  8. Kiss someone at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  9. Watch sea turtles lay their eggs in Costa Rica
  10. Go on a picnic in the French countryside
  11. Party in Las Vegas
  12. Visit Yosemite National Park in the USA
  13. Watch the sunrise over the Ayers Rock in Australia
  14. Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  15. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris
  16. Try all of the gelato in Rome
  17. Explore the Grand Canyon by helicopter
  18. Cuddle a Koala in Queensland
  19. Zip line through the rainforest in Costa Rica
  20. Ride a bike through Amsterdam

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