Silver travel: Over 55’s bucket list in the UK

The majority of over 55s in the UK have a must-visit list, and most of them think the best time to complete it is right now.

A new survey, undertaken by luxury cruise providers Riviera Travel, asked 1,836 Brits aged over 55 to name their ultimate must-visit list, the countries they’d most like to visit, as well as a series of questions around fulfilling these ambitions.

More than six in ten (62%) said they have a must-visit list, and the majority believe now is the best time to fulfil it. Almost three-quarters (72%) said the best age for travelling was over the age of 55, compared to just 11% who said between 18-34 years old.

Below is the bucket list of over 55s travellers:

See the northern lights

Ride the Glacier Express

Wine tasting

Ride the Siberian Railway


Drive Route 66

Go to the opera

Ride a hot air balloon

Ride a gondola in Venice

Visit the Yuletide festival

The majority (72%) said their partner would be their ideal travel companion, with one in ten (10%) wishing to go alone. Women (15%) were over twice as likely than men (7%) to want to complete their must-visit list alone.

Standing in the way of completing their list is money – 25% said it was the biggest barrier to travel – and time (23%). Men (29%) consider time to be the most significant barrier, whereas women think it is money (27%).

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