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Bali tops travel bucket list

Bali is the top of people's travel bucket list.

The Indonesian island topped the poll of next travel destinations in a study undertaken by Big 7 Travel.

Writing about Bali, the website says: "You'll find beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. Basically, it's paradise. It's likely you've seen an image of Bali on social media at least once in the past seven days, as it's such a popular bucket list destination for 2019."

Elsewhere in the top five is New Orleans, known for its "street music, festive vibe and a melting pot of French, African and American cultures" whilst Kerry in Ireland also features. Marrakesh, Morocco and Sydney, Australia complete the top five.

Sarah Clayton-Lea, head of content with Big 7 Travel, said: "Bucket list travel was a trend that popped up again and again in previous surveys when asking our readers what sort of travel content they most enjoyed consuming. So, our curiosity got the better of us and we wanted to know which destinations people are dreaming of for 2019/2020. White sandy beaches are still a must-visit for many, with vibrant cities also making an appearance on a lot of people's bucket lists. With over one-third of our readers saying they look to Instagram for travel inspiration, it makes sense that cities with colourful neighbourhoods made the cut.

"The top 10 list has a lot of the expected dream destinations, but there are a few surprises on the list: Paro Valley in Bhutan, for example, or Virunga National Park in the Congo. I think this shows a great appetite for a need to get off the grid and can only assume that social media (and Netflix, in the case of Virunga!) is responsible for spreading the word of these amazing places."

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