It’s a sad reality of modern time, with all our Photoshopping and virtual reality, that it’s still not enough to crop yourself in front of the Great Wall of China…. you actually have to go and see these things yourself. Unfortunately in 2016, that requires some major deniro.
In recent years we have seen a trend of people now investing more in experiences than merchandise. People would much rather share a picture of themselves Skydiving backwards out of a plane than post a picture with their latest Prada purchase. In fact more and more people are now writing up bucket lists of things they would like to do before they expire.
So how much does an average ‘bucket list’ cost to complete? And how can those making a modest living afford to do and see it all before they die? A survey exploring bucket list budgets revealed Brits would be willing to part with between £5,000 and £10,000 on completing their travel goals.
But with the cost of completing the UK’s ‘top 10 bucket list activities’ coming in at a whopping £18,519 (at an average cost per activity of £1851.90), that would only be enough to complete five bucket list items.
Before those numbers sink in and you resign yourself to never achieving your dreams in life, it is important to remember that some life goals don’t cost a penny – starring as an extra in a movie, writing a novel and running a marathon can all be completed without reaching for your wallet.
And for those experiences that do require a cash payment, modern technology may have found away around this for you. Using the definitive top 50 bucket list, TotallyMoney.com compiled a smart bucket list calculator which gives users the ability to pick their own ultimate activities from amongst the UK’s favourites.The tool then calculates the total cost of users’ individual bucket lists, before presenting them with the percentage of their salary they will need to save in order to achieve their dreams, based on whether they have two, five or ten years to stockpile funds.
Joe Gardiner, Head of Brand and Communications for TotallyMoney.com, said: “Planning ahead and staying on top of your finances is essential if you’re going to get the most bang for your buck, especially when it comes to travelling and life experiences.”
The Top 10 UK Bucket List Activities
- See the Northern Lights (average cost: £572)
2. Go on safari (average cost: £5,600)
3. Walk the Great Wall of China (average cost: £1,139)
4. Visit the Grand Canyon (average cost: £1,181)
5. Go on a cruise (average cost: £1,338)
6. See the Egyptian Pyramids (average cost: £1,112)
7. Go whale watching (average cost: £2,000)
8. Spend New Year’s Eve in New York (average cost: £1,103)
9. Gamble in Las Vegas (average cost: £1,109)
10. Take an American road trip (average cost: £3,365)