Devon attractions are high on the agenda for travel hungry brits

Authored by Mary
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 08:12

Whale watching, eating a traditional Devon cream tea and exploring the Jurassic Coast are among the most popular bucket list experiences in the UK.

These findings have been revealed in a new travel report by Travelodge which operates 571 hotels across the UK including 10 across Devon. 

Having a traditional cream tea was the 16th most popular bucketlist experience overall. The afternoon cream tea is a luxury enjoyed across the globe, but which has its roots in the Devon region. Tea rooms across the county attract thousands of visitors each year and now it would seem more and more people are keen to experience the delicacy.

Watching dolphins was 25th on the list. The south west’s coastal line is one of the few places where you can see dolphins in the UK and boat trips from Torquay and Plymouth are popular with visitors.

Exploring the historic Jurassic coast was 37th on the list. The UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the UK’s most popular walkways because of the opportunities it provides to go fossil hunting and take iconic photos at Durdle Door.

Travelodge surveyed 2,000 British adults to seek their views on having a bucket list.

The report further revealed that;

-      53% of British adults have made a New Year’s resolution to start a UK bucket list in 2020. 

-      The average Briton’s UK bucket list consists of 22 experiences and will take around nine years to accomplish. 

-      Over a third (35%) of Britons think having a bucket list is a good idea as it encourages them to try new things. 

-      Over a fifth (21%) of Britons reported having a bucket list helps them to achieve their goals in life.

-      A fifth (20%) of Britons reported that they have a joint bucket list with their partner as it enables them to spend quality time together. 

The research also revealed that 45% of Britons UK bucket list has been inspired from their childhood and includes experiences that they have wanted to try since they were a child. Over a quarter (28%) of adults reported that they get their bucket list inspiration from their friend’s stories on Instagram.   

Britons top 50 list of bucket list activities is dominated by activities exploring Britain’s glorious countryside, experiencing some of the UK’s greatest train journeys and indulging in our finest food. 

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.  

Iconic train journeys are also a popular activity on Britons bucket list and 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. 

Indulging in world famous foodie treats are also key on Britons UK list and this includes: having afternoon tea at the Ritz, dining at Gordon Ramsey’s Michelin star. As well as trying regional delicacies such as indulging in a traditional cream tea in Devon, eating pasties in Cornwall, trying haggis in Scotland, eating Scouse in Liverpool, trying a curry on the Curry Mile in Manchester, eating fish & chips at Land’s End and drinking scrumpy in Somerset.     

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokesperson, said: “It is not surprising that so many of Devon’s popular attractions and experiences have made Briton’s bucket list. Our ten Devon Travelodge hotels attract visitors from all corners of the globe for a variety of reasons. Therefore Britons do not want to miss out on these wonderful experiences and have them on their bucket list.

“The revival of the Staycation and the start of a new decade have probably inspired Britons to put pen to paper and start a bucket list detailing the activities they have always wanted to experience at home.  The UK offers a plethora of amazing experiences to try from John O’Groats to Land’s End and it’s interesting that Britons bucket lists are dominated by exploring Britain’s glorious countryside, experiencing some of the UK’s greatest train journeys and indulging in our finest food.”

“With 571 Travelodge hotels dotted across the length and breadth of the UK, we have released over 3 million rooms for £35 or less to help Britons kick start their UK bucket list.”    

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