November 22, 2012

Brits want to travel more

Great Wall of ChinaOur research shows that the average Brit spends over two hours a WEEK thinking about the decisions they regret and has up to six regrets in life.

We spend an average of two hours and 15 minutes dwelling on our regrets every week.

Travelling the world and experiencing a once in a lifetime challenges ranked highly on the 'life to-do list', which is great news for our Overseas Challenges events.

Brits’ top 10 lifetime regrets:

1. Not travelling more and seeing more of the world
2. Not keeping in touch with more friends from the past
3. Taking too little exercise

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4. Not saving enough money
5. Taking up smoking
6. Not working harder at school
7. Choice of career
8. Wasting years with the wrong partner
9. Eating unhealthily
10. Not asking grandparents more about their lives before they died

Wasting years of your life with the wrong partner, not working hard enough at school and not seeing more of the world featured in a run-down of Brits' top ten regrets– according to the study conducted by our World Experiences team, as they launch their new series of Overseas Challenges for 2013 -2014.

Overseas Challenges for 2013 -2014

Over half of those surveyed admitted that, given the chance, they would make a different life choice such as marrying someone else, pursuing a different career path or living somewhere else.

Brits’ top 10 items on their ‘Life To- Do List’:

1. Win the Lottery

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2. Travel the world
3. See the Northern Lights
4. Experience a once- in -a lifetime challenge
5. See world famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal or the Egyptian Pyramids
6. Swim with dolphins or sharks
7. Live and work abroad
8. Build your own house
9. Go on an African Safari
10. Start up a dream business and run it


It is interesting that travel ranks so highly

Nancy Prior, Head of Events said: “It is interesting that travel ranks so highly as a regret for people as well as featuring heavily in their ‘Life To- Do List’. We would encourage anyone keen to tackle their number one regret of seeing more of the world to bite the bullet and take on a BHF Overseas Challenge."

Dr. Gayle Brewer, Senior Lecturer at the UCLan School of Psychology, said: “Interestingly, not having travelled, exercised or volunteered for charity enough were amongst people’s main regrets. By taking on a BHF Overseas Challenge, you can accomplish all these goals in one go and gain a sense of real self-achievement, alleviating the psychological burden that regrets tend to weigh us down with.”

Overseas Challenges for 2013 -2014