It’s easy to identify our dreams – but, when asked why they haven’t happened yet, the answer isn’t always as straightforward. We might be restricted by responsibilities such as family or work, require extra skills or training, or it could be that it’s just simply not the right time.
Money proved the biggest obstacle. Of those surveyed, an overall 70% agreed they’d need to save more money before they were able to turn their hopes into a reality, while 68% felt they needed to earn more.
Interestingly, when asked how much they thought they’d need to fund their wishes, 10% of respondents estimated that £10,000 would do the job. However, when applying this to the top ten most popular dreams, it seems making them happen could cost much less than anticipated.
Below are the average values for the top five:
- Travelling around the world: £5,099pp (80 nights, flights, accommodation, extras) 1
- Visiting a dream holiday destination: Australia (Sydney): £3,333 (seven nights, flights, accommodation)2
- Seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World: £2,300 (seven nights, flights, accommodation)3
- Owning a home: average UK house price – £209,0544 (average house deposit based on average first time buyer deposit rate of 17% – £35,539)
- Getting in shape: average gym membership in UK – £53 a month, or £636 a year5 .