Destinations such as Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, Germany’s Black Forest and our very own Stonehenge are also in demand.
Three in 10 adults (29 percent) currently have a bucket list of sites and places they want to visit, which they predict will usually take 11 years to complete.
The survey, commissioned by ALL – Accor Live Limitless – Accor’s lifestyle loyalty program, found that seeing the Northern Lights was the bucket list experience most Brits crave, and top destinations people want to visit include Rome , Athens and Barcelona.
Travelers want to do more than just see a place, they want to be part of the destination and dream of experiences like traveling on the Orient Express, sledding with huskies in Lapland and sailing around Greek islands.
Castles are the main sights that people most want to see when they travel, followed by the wild nature and bodies of water.
On average, 37 percent of the typical bucket list is European, and 34 percent admit that there are plenty of places in Europe they have yet to explore.
Accor’s spokesperson, Luc Gesvret, said: “It’s great to see how much of a UK bucket list is inspired by Europe and the desire to discover incredible destinations and experiences just a few hours away.
“Now that travel is back, people want to travel more than ever and dream of bucket list experiences that they can finally make a reality.
“People agree that having a travel bucket list inspires them and gives them something to look forward to, and one in five Brits surveyed have already planned and booked bucket list trips for the coming year.
“Whether your journey is food-oriented, you are motivated by adventures or you prefer to see historical sites, there is something for everyone to discover and enjoy in Europe.”
The study also found the most important places and sights people have already seen, the Eiffel Tower, Stonehenge and the Roman Baths.
Brits predict that their bucket list – which averages 22 things – would set them back £13,368.
Nearly a third (32 percent) would prefer a natural sight when traveling compared to just eight percent who opt for man-made landmarks.
Similarly, 22 percent would like to go on vacation where they learn something or feel like they have “better” themselves.
A fifth (21 percent) believe that having a bucket list or travel wish list is good for their mental health because it makes them feel inspired and has something to look forward to.
During the typical year, Britons visit an average of three European destinations and 21 percent plan to check something off their bucket list in the next 12 months.
When it comes to traveler types, 39 percent think they are relaxed, while 35 percent describe themselves as civilized and 31 percent think they are outdoors.
Another 26 percent travel for food and 26 percent seek adventure.
Since the pandemic, 16 percent of respondents wanted to see more of Europe via OnePoll.
Luc Gesvret, from Accor, who is offering a giveaway where members can win a million points – worth €20,000, added: “As the average bucket list costs over £13,000, that’s a lot of bucket list travel to enjoy in Europe .”