Top Destinations for travellers under 35

It was once thought that millennials preferred to travel to the world’s party capitals, but the No Regrets List compiled by travel giant Contiki shows a different picture. The company surveyed 5 000 travellers between 18 and 35, and drew up a list of the top 20 destinations and experiences that most interested the group.

Blue Lagoon

At the top was Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, an experience unmatched in any part of the world. Travellers can enjoy the skin-rejuvenating benefits of the waters of the warm lagoon in a setting that’s as beautiful as the name of the region suggests.

Pyramids of Giza

Second on the list was the Pyramids of Giza built more than 5 000 years ago. For centuries, Egypt has captivated the imagination as one of the most powerful ancient civilisations, and millennials are as awestruck by these incredible structures today as generations before.

Great Wall of China

Another man-made structure that has stood the test of time also made the list at the 3rd position on the list: the Great Wall of China, which was built 2 300 years ago and is more than 8 850 km long, was number three on the list.

Byron Bay

Southeastern Australia’s Byron Bay takes fourth position, offering sun, surf and sand. Travellers can also try some of the world’s best cuisine on offer in a country that’s fast becoming a food mecca.


Learning the art of making pizza in Italy is an experience that many in the age group would like to have. Travellers and amateur chefs come from afar to learn from the experts and to enjoy the many delights that Italian cuisine has to offer.

Here are the top 10 destinations and experiences as chosen by millennials for 35-year-olds and younger:

  1. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
  2. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  3. Great Wall of China, China
  4. Byron Bay, Australia
  5. Pizza-making lessons, Italy
  6. Route 66, USA
  7. Gondola ride in Venice, Italy
  8. Eiffel Tower, France
  9. See sea turtles lay eggs, Costa Rica
  10. Picnic in the countryside, France

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