Travelodge reveals over half of adults in London have made a UK bucket list during the lockdown
During the Covid-19 lockdown over half of adults living in London (57%) have taken pen to paper and created a bucket list of places and activities they want to experience in the UK post lockdown.
Londoners’ average UK bucket list consists of 25 experiences and respondents estimate it will take them around seven years to accomplish.
The research conducted by the UK’s first budget hotel chain, Travelodge, which operates 584 hotels across the UK, including 77 hotels in London, surveyed 2,000 British adults to seek their views on having a UK bucket list. Key findings revealed that over a third (35%) of Londoners think having a bucket list is a good idea as it will encourage them to try new things. A quarter (25%) reported having a bucket list will help them to achieve their new goals in life.
A fifth (20%) of London adults reported that they have created a joint bucket list with their partner as it will enable them to spend more quality time together in the future. Whilst over a third (37%) of parents reported that they have created a family bucket list as it has helped to keep the children entertained during the lockdown and gives them something to look forward too.
The research also revealed that 48% of Londoners’ UK bucket list has been inspired from their childhood and includes experiences that they have wanted to try since they were a child.
When asked what London residents have on their UK bucket list it was revealed that we are getting back to basics and truly valuing what makes Great Britain so Great.
Their top 50 list of bucket list activities is dominated by activities around exploring Britain’s glorious countryside. This includes exploring picturesque rural locations such as the Scottish Highlands, the Peak District, the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. As well as, walking Hadrian’s Wall and climbing Ben Nevis.
Quintessentially British things are also popular activities to make Londoners’ bucket list. This includes: eating fish & chips at the seaside, having a cream tea in a tea shop in Cornwall or Devon, eating strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, indulging in a traditional afternoon tea at the Ritz and enjoying a picnic in the countryside.
London adults are also eager to experience eating a Cornish pasty in Cornwall, haggis in Scotland, Scouse in Liverpool and drinking scrumpy in Somerset.
Interestingly, iconic train journeys are also a popular activity to make Londoners’ bucket list. The most popular trips include: The Jacobite steam train voted best train journey in the world and made famous by the Harry Potter movies. The vintage steam train ride offers breath-taking views of mountains, lochs and rivers.
Other iconic train journeys to make the top 50 list include, the Snowdon Mountain train; which offers a unique rail journey to the summit of the highest mountain in England and Wales showcasing stunning scenery. The Ravenglass & Eskdale train journey offering spectacular scenery as you travel through the Lake District.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokesperson, said: “The lockdown has certainly inspired adults in London to put pen to paper and create a bucket list, so that they can look forward to discovering what makes Britain so great after the lockdown. Interestingly quintessentially British things such as eating fish & chips at the seafront, having a cream tea in Cornwall or Devon and having a picnic in a rural setting such as the Yorkshire Dales are just some of the activities to make Londoners’ bucket list.”
“We are seeing an increase on our site, travelodge.co.uk, in searches for coastal and rural UK locations, which shows Londoners’ are eagerly planning their Staycation when it is safe to do so. Top locations include: Cornwall, Devon, Scotland, North Wales, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Brighton, Bournemouth and Blackpool.”
Detailed below are the top 50 most popular activities to make Londonders’ post lockdown bucket list
|1||Explore the English Riviera|
|2||Take a trip on the Jacobite (Fort William to Mallaig)|
|3||Have fish and chips and an ice cream at the sea front|
|4||Experience the Stonehenge summer solstice|
|5||Explore the Scottish Highlands|
|6||Walk Hadrian’s Wall|
|7||Explore the Peak District|
|8||Take a trip on the Ravenglass & Eskdale train to explore the Lake District|
|9||Have a picnic on the Yorkshire Dales|
|10||See the northern lights|
|11||Take a boat ride on Lake Windermere|
|12||Explore the Shetland Islands|
|13||Visit the Giants at Giants Causeway|
|14||Attend the Edinburgh Tattoo|
|15||Take a trip on the Flying Scotsman|
|16||Have a cream tea in Cornwall or Devon|
|17||Explore the Emerald Isle – Ireland|
|18||See the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall|
|19||Take a trip on the Snowdon Mountain train|
|20||Eat a pasty in Cornwall|
|21||See London on the London Eye|
|22||Explore the enchanted forest in Scotland|
|23||Climb Ben Nevis|
|24||Have afternoon tea at the Ritz|
|25||Dolphin watching in Dorset|
|26||Whale watching in the Isle of Mull|
|27||Visit Edinburgh Castle|
|28||Take the sleeper train from London to Edinburgh|
|29||Visit Canterbury Cathedral|
|30||Take a tour of the Houses of Parliament|
|31||See Nessie at Loch Ness|
|32||Eat Scouse in Liverpool|
|33||Take a tour of an English vineyard|
|34||Explore Westminster Abbey|
|35||Go to Wimbledon and eat strawberries and cream|
|36||Eat dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s Michelin star restaurant|
|37||Explore the Jurassic coast|
|38||See the Grand National in Aintree|
|39||Visit the Isle of White|
|40||Explore Cotswold villages|
|41||Visit the Cheddar Gorge|
|42||Explore Shetland Forest|
|43||Drink real scrumpy in Somerset|
|44||Take a ferry ride over the River Mersey|
|45||Go to Glastonbury|
|46||Eat Haggis in Scotland|
|47||Experience Velocity 2, Zipworld Penrhyn Quarry – world’s fastest zip ride|
|48||Have Sunday lunch in a traditional British countryside pub|
|49||Explore Buckingham Palace|
|50||Eat fish & chips at Land’s End|
Travelodge is currently operating over 50 hotels in critical locations across the UK from Plymouth to Aberdeen to support key workers and local authorities. The company is planning to start to reopen its hotels in early July once the government gives permission for UK hotels to reopen.