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Brits blow the bank for once in a lifetime trip

Brits blow the bank for once in a lifetime trip

Category: Money

Updated: 28/06/2011
First Published: 28/06/2011

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Money is notoriously tight at the moment, but millions of Britons are still prepared to break the bank to enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

Research by Scottish Widows has found that millions of us would happily blow a month or more of our wages to enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

The vast majority (86%) of us harbour ambitions of putting together and enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime jaunt, and almost half (45%) would be willing to stretch their finances as far as they could possibly afford to do so.

To place a monetary value on their lifelong dreams, 3.25 million would sacrifice a week's salary to achieve their once in a lifetime experience, and 3.2 million people would give up a month's salary.

Women are happier to spend as much as they can stretch to in order to achieve their once in a lifetime experience - with half of all women (50%) saying they would spend as much as they can possibly afford, compared to just 39% of men.

Travel tops the list of once in a lifetime experiences; more than a quarter of people (26%) dream of travelling the world, and a further 9% dream of holidaying in the Caribbean.

Getting close to nature is also popular; one in nine people harbor a fantasy of swimming with dolphins (11%), and one in 11 people want to go on safari (9%).

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