Bookings for “bucket list” holidays are booming as we plan our post-lockdown dream getaways.

The once-in-a-lifetime breaks are up by around 50%, according to one specialist.

Susan Macaulay, who runs a Not Just Travel franchise, is booking trips to Everest, New York and Florida, and to see the northern lights. Harley-Davidson rides on the US’s Route 66 are also popular.

Sue said: “Bucket list holidays accounted for 1% or 2% of bookings before the pandemic but in the last weeks, they have rocketed.”

Sue, of Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham, says bookings are rising not only for next summer but for 2023 as well.

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She added: “We organise limo transfers, petals on the bed, champagne on ice in the room, the perfect view… whatever our clients ask for. I talk to them personally about the reason for their trip.

“More and more people are saying they want to tick a box on their bucket list.”

Cancer survivor David Hughes is spending more than £10,000 to ride Route 66 on a Harley-Davidson. David and wife Karen, an NHS nurse, will cover 2,400 miles across eight states in 16 days.

Dad-of-two David, of Heighington, Co Durham, who runs his own driver training business, said: “It’s been a lifetime dream.

“You never know what’s around the corner. I survived cancer of the oesophagus and so I know how lucky I am just to be alive.

"I am 55 now and I said to my wife ‘If we don’t do it now, we will never do it’.”

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