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"No Regrets list"- discover the travel dreams of the millennial generation for 2017

A “No Regrets list” of the travel experiences 18 – 35 year-olds would most like to do next year reveals that millennials dream big when it comes to their travel adventures. Topping the list of places they would like to visit is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Next up on the “No Regrets list” is the opportunity to see the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

US citizens abroad became a more common sight in 2015.
Millennials shared the top 20 experiences they would like for 2017. Image by Sonny Abesamis / CC BY 2.0

The youth travel specialists Contiki polled more than 5500 people between the ages of 18 – 35 in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Asia. The experiences they outlined range from the standard travel ambitions of a trip along Route 66 to the romantic gesture of kissing at the Eiffel Tower.

1. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Sitting on the edge of a Scandinavian geothermal blue lagoon is very hygge. Image: Muriel de Seze/Getty Images
Sitting on the edge of a Scandinavian geothermal blue lagoon is very hygge. Image: Muriel de Seze/Getty Images

2.  See the Great Pyramids of Giza

Tourists at the Pyramids of Giza.
Tourists at the Pyramids of Giza. Image by Nina Hale / CC BY 2.0

3.  Walk the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall with a sunset glow at Jinshanling, China.
The Great Wall with a sunset glow at Jinshanling, China. Image by Chungking/Shutterstock

4.  Chill out on the beach in Byron Bay

Byron Bay, New South Wales.
Byron Bay, New South Wales. Image by Mike Vondran / CC BY 2.0

5.  Learn how to make pizza in Italy

Dom DeMarco at work
Dom DeMarco at work in an Italian pizzeria.   Image by Di Fara Pizza/Facebook

6. Road trip along Route 66

Historic Route 66.
Historic Route 66. Image by Vicente Villamon / CC BY-SA 2.0

7. Gondola ride in Venice

Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy and sunny day
Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice.  Image by Iakov Kalinin/Shutterstock

8.  Kiss at the Eiffel Tower

Is Paris set to get a nudist beach?
The romantic setting of the Eiffel Tower. Image by Artur Staszewski / CC BY-SA 2.0

9. Watch sea turtles lay their eggs in Costa Rica

Strong currents threaten the survival of newly hatched loggerhead sea turtles. Image by Jeroen Looyé / CC BY-SA 2.0
Sea turtles. Image by Jeroen Looyé / CC BY-SA 2.0 Image by Jeroen Looyé / CC BY-SA 2.0

10. Picnic in the French countryside

Young women relaxing in the countryside. Image: Muriel de Seze/Getty Images
Picnic in the French countryside. Image: Muriel de Seze/Getty Images

11 . Party in Las Vegas

United States of America, Nevada, the Strip, Las Vegas sign on Las Vegas Boulevard.
United States of America, Nevada, the Strip, Las Vegas sign on Las Vegas Boulevard. Image by Marc Dozier/Getty Images

12. Visit Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park in the USA.
Yosemite National Park in the USA. Image by Julien Grondin – Beboy Photography

13. Watch the sun rise over Uluru

Uluru (or Ayers Rock) in Australia.
Uluru in Australia. Image by ldefonso Ogdoc

14. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

See the Great Barrier Reef with an Airbnb contest.
See the Great Barrier Reef .  Image by Airbnb

15. See the Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci - a French scientists claims there is a hidden portrait under the more famous painting
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci . Image by Dennis Jarvis / CC BY 2.0

16. Try all the gelato in Rome

Gelato in Rome
Gelato in Rome Image by Anna Tyler

17.  See the Grand Canyon by helicopter

Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon. Image by Airwolfhound / CC BY-SA 2.0

18.  Cuddle a koala in Queensland

Cuddles for Harry the Koala at the Symbio Zoo in New South Wales
Cuddles for Harry the Koala at the Symbio Zoo in New South Wales Image by Symbio Zoo/Facebook

19.  Zipline through the rainforest in Costa Rica

Costa Rica breaks tourism record.
Costa Rica rain forest. . Image by Arturo Sotillo / CC BY-SA 2.0

20.  Ride a bike through Amsterdam

The iconic canals in Amsterdam.
The iconic canals in Amsterdam. Image by Joan Campderrós-i-Canas / CC BY 2.0