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Seeing the Northern Lights is the most desired travel experience

Monday, 12 August 2013 8:52 AM

Seeing the Northern Lights is the travel experience most people would like to have, finds Lonely Planet Traveller magazine. 

Witnessing the magical aurora borealis topped a poll of travel experiences, according to 1,563 respondents to a survey for the magazine to celebrate Lonely Planet’s 40th anniversary. The survey was conducted by Immediate Media Co, who publish the magazine.

Asked to name their top five experiences, the highest proportion (58 per cent) included the Northern Lights, just beating exploring Sicily (30 per cent), seeing dawn over Yellowstone National Park, USA (28 per cent), watching the sun rise at the Great Wall of China (23 per cent), and seeing penguins in the Antarctic (22 per cent).

According to Lonely Planet Traveller’s Editor Peter Grunert: “In this issue we define the bucket list for 2013. Through the making of this special anniversary issue of Lonely Planet Traveller, I’ve had the chance to consider just how accessible original and imaginative travel experiences have become over the past 40 years. All the experiences listed are now possible and seeing the Northern Lights is one experience so many travellers would realistically love to have at some point during their lifetime.”

Alongside the often far flung list of experiences featured in this month’s Lonely Planet Traveller, one in the top ten was located much closer to home - walking the cliffs in Ardmore, Ireland came eighth (15 per cent), just ahead of finding peace in Bali (12 per cent) and attending a jazz funeral in New Orleans (11 per cent).

Writing in the magazine, Lonely Planet expert Anthony Ham champions the Northern Lights as “nature’s most extraordinary spectacle”. He adds: “Some people chase storms, but I’ve always preferred the aurora borealis.” 

Also in this month’s issue is the first report back from Lonely Planet Traveller journalists Oliver Smith and Christa Larwood, who have returned from an epic 10,000 mile journey across Europe, Asia and Australasia following in the footsteps of Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler. Lonely Planet was founded in 1973 following Tony and Maureen Wheeler’s trip overland from London to Sydney which lead to the first Lonely Planet guide Across Asia on the Cheap.

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