Bucket list travel plans greatly affected by pandemic, poll shows

14 May 2021

Our recent survey has revealed some of the main impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on UK-based over 50s.

Bucket list travel plans

The survey, which explored views on funeral planning and the impact of COVID-19 on life plans, was completed online.

21% of the 1,000 respondents confirmed that the pandemic had affected their plans. Of this group, unsurprisingly the main impact of the pandemic has been in relation to travel plans. Many people said they have had to cancel holidays, in some cases a ‘trip of a lifetime’, and others confirmed that the virus has made them more determined to travel in the future and make the most of any opportunities.

A number of respondents said the pandemic has made them realise that life is short and can be unpredictable, with some finding they have added to their ‘to do’ lists. Others commented on life goals such as moving house, starting new hobbies, socialising more and seeing family more regularly. Sadly, a few people have been affected financially, in some cases supporting their family during difficult times.

A further 44% of respondents confirmed that they do not have a ‘bucket list’ and the remaining 35% of over 50s said their plans had not been affected, which was pleasing to hear. There was a fairly even spread of responses across the various age ranges.

Marketing Manager for Ecclesiastical Planning Services, Emma Simpson, said: “It’s sad to see that so many plans have been affected during this period and for those who have been impacted financially through no fault of their own. It’s also heart-warming to see that many people are resolute in their plans to make up for lost time.”

Source: OnePoll research of 1,000 UK residents aged 50 and above on behalf of Ecclesiastical Planning Services, December 2020.