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Sad Data Reveals Baby Boomers' Biggest Regret Is Not Traveling Enough

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 11/03/2016 James Cave
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To encourage people to travel more, British Airways released data from two somewhat sad studies, which revealed two of the biggest regrets of 2,000 U.S. baby boomers -- that they worked too much and didn't travel enough.

People in the generation born between 1946 and 1961 said they really want to travel more, but feel that they can't afford it -- and even sadder, they said their lack of travel was one of the biggest regrets of their lives.

A fifth of all respondents said not traveling enough was their biggest regret in life, while nearly two-thirds of the women (63 percent) and half (48 percent) of the men who responded said they've never owned a passport because they figured they can't afford to travel outside of the country. And of course, working too much was another main factor.

Here are other findings: 

  • 22 percent said they didn't travel due to work commitments
  • 17 percent of male respondents said that working too much was their biggest regret
  • 22 percent of women said not traveling enough was their biggest regret
  • 8 percent of women respondents said working too much was a regret (though not necessarily their biggest)
  • 79 percent of all respondents said knowing about family heritage inspires them to travel to certain destinations
  • 26 percent of respondents said they've visited a certain place because of the desire to know more about their heritage
  • 26 percent of respondents said losing contact with friends was their biggest regret
  • 17 percent of men said not spending enough time with their children was their biggest regret

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