Popular bucket list destinations you won’t want to miss

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Been anywhere nice lately? Most of us haven’t travelled much since the pandemic hit. But less travelling leaves more time for daydreaming – and sharing our own personal bucket lists of must-visit destinations.

Instagram is the place to post those #bucketlists. Nothing catches a memory – or a dream of what’s to come – like an Instagram picture. So that’s where Budget Direct looked to compile our ultimate world bucket list: the cities, landmarks, and attractions that Instagram users want to visit the most.

We used location data to figure out which locations Instagram users are tagging with #bucketlist. And then we made a series of maps to show the top dream destinations across categories including natural wondershotels, and islands.

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Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Been anywhere nice lately? Most of us haven’t travelled much since the pandemic hit. But less travelling leaves more time for daydreaming – and sharing our own personal bucket lists of must-visit destinations.

Instagram is the place to post those #bucketlists. Nothing catches a memory – or a dream of what’s to come – like an Instagram picture. So that’s where Budget Direct looked to compile our ultimate world bucket list: the cities, landmarks, and attractions that Instagram users want to visit the most.

We used location data to figure out which locations Instagram users are tagging with #bucketlist. And then we made a series of maps to show the top dream destinations across categories including natural wondershotels, and islands.

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Most Popular Destinations

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

A certain Central Turkish region dominates the world map of Instagram bucket lists. Not only does it lend itself to photography (and wanderlust) thanks to a fantasy landscape of “fairy chimneys” – protruding rock formations with a 60-million-year history — but you’ll also find underground cities dug into the soft rock over a thousand years ago.

The remainder of the world’s top 10 is filled with celebrated sights and paradisal landscapes. You may want to consider adding some of these to your own travel bucket list.

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Most Popular Destinations

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

A certain Central Turkish region dominates the world map of Instagram bucket lists. Not only does it lend itself to photography (and wanderlust) thanks to a fantasy landscape of “fairy chimneys” – protruding rock formations with a 60-million-year history — but you’ll also find underground cities dug into the soft rock over a thousand years ago.

The remainder of the world’s top 10 is filled with celebrated sights and paradisal landscapes. You may want to consider adding some of these to your own travel bucket list.

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Cities

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

It’s no wonder Dubai tops the list of cities that Instagrammers want to visit in their lifetime: it’s a regular destination for influencers and Love Islanders alike, even during lockdown. New York, Paris and London are the familiar dream destinations in the runner-up spots. Malé, the blue-skied capital of the Maldives, takes fifth place.

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Cities

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

It’s no wonder Dubai tops the list of cities that Instagrammers want to visit in their lifetime: it’s a regular destination for influencers and Love Islanders alike, even during lockdown. New York, Paris and London are the familiar dream destinations in the runner-up spots. Malé, the blue-skied capital of the Maldives, takes fifth place.

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5. Male, Maldives

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 46,898

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5. Male, Maldives

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 46,898

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4. London

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 46,122

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4. London

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 46,122

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3. Paris

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 52,608

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3. Paris

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 52,608

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2. New York City

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 79,115

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2. New York City

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 79,115

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1. Dubai

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 82,785

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1. Dubai

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 82,785

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Natural Wonders

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

“I know that I must do what’s right, as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti,” sang Toto, and two generations later everyone started singing along (and questioning Toto’s sense of geography, since Africa’s highest mountain is 200 miles from the Serengeti.). Anyway, the imagery seems to have worked, as Tanzania has five destinations in the overall top 100 on Instagram.

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Natural Wonders

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

“I know that I must do what’s right, as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti,” sang Toto, and two generations later everyone started singing along (and questioning Toto’s sense of geography, since Africa’s highest mountain is 200 miles from the Serengeti.). Anyway, the imagery seems to have worked, as Tanzania has five destinations in the overall top 100 on Instagram.

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5. Monument Valley – Utah

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 3,670

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5. Monument Valley – Utah

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 3,670

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4. Great Barrier Reef – Queensland, Australia

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 4,078

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4. Great Barrier Reef – Queensland, Australia

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 4,078

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3. Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 4,486

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3. Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 4,486

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2. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 5,302

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2. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 5,302

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1. Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 7,341

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1. Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 7,341

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Landmarks

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys are the top landmark and top overall destination in our study. The second most desired landmark is Machu Picchu, an abandoned (but not lost) Incan city in the south of Peru. Both of these locations are picturesque, but both also have a ‘hidden’ side – the underground cities of Cappadocia, and the underground architectural engineering of Machu Picchu.

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Landmarks

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys are the top landmark and top overall destination in our study. The second most desired landmark is Machu Picchu, an abandoned (but not lost) Incan city in the south of Peru. Both of these locations are picturesque, but both also have a ‘hidden’ side – the underground cities of Cappadocia, and the underground architectural engineering of Machu Picchu.

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5. Taj Mahal – India

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 5,709

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5. Taj Mahal – India

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 5,709

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4. Eiffel Tower – France

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 9,380

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4. Eiffel Tower – France

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 9,380

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3. Giza Pyramid Complex – Egypt

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 10,195

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3. Giza Pyramid Complex – Egypt

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 10,195

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2. Machu Picchu – Peru

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 11,826

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2. Machu Picchu – Peru

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 11,826

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1. Cappadocia – Turkey

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 30,994

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1. Cappadocia – Turkey

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 30,994

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Beaches

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Tanzania tops the list of #bucketlist beaches, with the white sands of Nungwi Beach in the Mjini Magharibi Region taking the title. The second most sought-after oceanfront destination is an oddity: Pig Beach, in the Exuma region of the Bahamas, gets its name from the feral pigs that roam the sands and paddle the waters.

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Beaches

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Tanzania tops the list of #bucketlist beaches, with the white sands of Nungwi Beach in the Mjini Magharibi Region taking the title. The second most sought-after oceanfront destination is an oddity: Pig Beach, in the Exuma region of the Bahamas, gets its name from the feral pigs that roam the sands and paddle the waters.

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5. Crystal Bay Nusa Penida – Indonesia

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 1,631

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5. Crystal Bay Nusa Penida – Indonesia

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 1,631

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4. Bondi Beach – Australia

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 1,631

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4. Bondi Beach – Australia

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 1,631

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3. Waikiki Beach – Hawaii

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,039

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3. Waikiki Beach – Hawaii

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,039

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2. Pig Beach – The Bahamas

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,039

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2. Pig Beach – The Bahamas

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,039

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1. Nungwi Beach – Tanzania

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,447

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1. Nungwi Beach – Tanzania

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,447

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Attractions

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Theme parks and park parks dominate the top of our attractions category. The exception is second-placed Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The legendary stadium of the Green Bay Packers is known for being a chilly proposition: three hours of standing in an open-air stadium in Wisconsin? Wrap up warm!

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Attractions

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Theme parks and park parks dominate the top of our attractions category. The exception is second-placed Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The legendary stadium of the Green Bay Packers is known for being a chilly proposition: three hours of standing in an open-air stadium in Wisconsin? Wrap up warm!

Image Credit: Keith Homan/shutterstock.

5. Disneyland Park – California

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 1,631

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5. Disneyland Park – California

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 1,631

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4. Crocosaurus Cove, Australia

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 1,631

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4. Crocosaurus Cove, Australia

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 1,631

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3. Walk Disney World Resort – Florida

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,039

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3. Walk Disney World Resort – Florida

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,039

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2. Lambeau Field – Wisconsin

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,039

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2. Lambeau Field – Wisconsin

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,039

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1. Central Park – New York

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,447

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1. Central Park – New York

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,447

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Nature Parks & Reserves

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

The Grand Canyon tops Instagram’s bucket list of nature parks by a country mile, with more tags than runners-up Maasai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park combined. The 12 top nature parks and reserves in our study are all in the US or Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa).

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Nature Parks & Reserves

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

The Grand Canyon tops Instagram’s bucket list of nature parks by a country mile, with more tags than runners-up Maasai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park combined. The 12 top nature parks and reserves in our study are all in the US or Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa).

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5. Joshua Tree National Park – California

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 4,894

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5. Joshua Tree National Park – California

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 4,894

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4. Zion National Park – Utah

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 5,709

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4. Zion National Park – Utah

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 5,709

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3. Serengeti National Park – Tanzania

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 6,117

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3. Serengeti National Park – Tanzania

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 6,117

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2. Maasai Mara National Reserve – Kenya

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 6,117

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2. Maasai Mara National Reserve – Kenya

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 6,117

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1. Grand Canyon National Park – U.S.

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 14,274

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1. Grand Canyon National Park – U.S.

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 14,274

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Islands

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

The Mediterranean, Hawaii, Polynesia… northern Norway? The Lofoten archipelago is the outlier among Instagram’s most-dreamt-of islands. But while it may not be balmy coconut country, the remote Scandi islands of Lofoten have beaches, Viking history, unrivalled natural vistas, and the Northern Lights.

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Islands

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

The Mediterranean, Hawaii, Polynesia… northern Norway? The Lofoten archipelago is the outlier among Instagram’s most-dreamt-of islands. But while it may not be balmy coconut country, the remote Scandi islands of Lofoten have beaches, Viking history, unrivalled natural vistas, and the Northern Lights.

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5. Maui – Hawaii

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 5,302

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5. Maui – Hawaii

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 5,302

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4. Lofoten – Norway

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 5,709

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4. Lofoten – Norway

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 5,709

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3. O’ahu – Hawaii

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 8,156

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3. O’ahu – Hawaii

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 8,156

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2. Bora Bora – French Polynesia

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 14,681

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2. Bora Bora – French Polynesia

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 14,681

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1. Santorini – Greece

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 19,167

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1. Santorini – Greece

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 19,167

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Hotels

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Instagram’s #bucketlist hotels are destinations in themselves. Top of the list is Giraffe Manor, “one of the most instagrammed properties in the world.” If you’ve read about Pig Beach, you know what to expect from Giraffe Manor: free-roaming giraffes, not averse to poking their heads into the hotel windows.

Travel may be limited for a while yet, but you’ve got to have a dream to have a dream come true. As these destinations show, Instagrammers have plenty of ideas about must-visit places to reach in their lifetime. What locations are on your #bucketlist?

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Hotels

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Instagram’s #bucketlist hotels are destinations in themselves. Top of the list is Giraffe Manor, “one of the most instagrammed properties in the world.” If you’ve read about Pig Beach, you know what to expect from Giraffe Manor: free-roaming giraffes, not averse to poking their heads into the hotel windows.

Travel may be limited for a while yet, but you’ve got to have a dream to have a dream come true. As these destinations show, Instagrammers have plenty of ideas about must-visit places to reach in their lifetime. What locations are on your #bucketlist?

Image Credit: Giraffe Manor/facebook.com.

5. Borealis Basecamp – Alaska

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,039

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5. Borealis Basecamp – Alaska

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,039

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4. Atlantis, The Palm – Dubai

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,447

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4. Atlantis, The Palm – Dubai

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,447

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3. Burj Al Arab – Dubai

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,855

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3. Burj Al Arab – Dubai

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 2,855

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2. Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort – Italy

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 3,262

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2. Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort – Italy

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 3,262

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1. Giraffe Manor

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 7,748

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1. Giraffe Manor

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

Number of bucket list tags: 7,748

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Methodology & Sources

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

We extracted location data from a sample of 26,072 Instagram posts tagged with the #bucketlist hashtag. We then extrapolated this data to estimate destination counts across all 10.6 million posts.

The data was gathered and compiled in February 2021.

Notes: We used Google Places API to normalize places names. For example, the Instagram tag name can be ‘Eiffel Tower’ or ‘Tour Eiffel’ or ‘La Tour Eiffel’ or ‘eiffel tower’ or ‘エッフェル塔’. It’s close to impossible to merge all these items by hand, so we used the Google Places API to normalise all names.

Related:

 

This article
originally appeared on 
BudgetDirect.com and was
syndicated by
MediaFeed.org.

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Methodology & Sources

Popular bucket list destinations you won't want to miss

We extracted location data from a sample of 26,072 Instagram posts tagged with the #bucketlist hashtag. We then extrapolated this data to estimate destination counts across all 10.6 million posts.

The data was gathered and compiled in February 2021.

Notes: We used Google Places API to normalize places names. For example, the Instagram tag name can be ‘Eiffel Tower’ or ‘Tour Eiffel’ or ‘La Tour Eiffel’ or ‘eiffel tower’ or ‘エッフェル塔’. It’s close to impossible to merge all these items by hand, so we used the Google Places API to normalise all names.

Related:

 

This article
originally appeared on 
BudgetDirect.com and was
syndicated by
MediaFeed.org.

Image Credit: Biletskiy_Evgeniy / iStock.

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