Seeing the seven wonders of the world, going on safari in Africa and swimming with dolphins are among the list of 50 things the average person wants to do before they die.
But sadly researchers have found that most adults will only ever fulfill five of their lifelong ambitions.
Many feel they do not have enough time to tick off the experiences, while others admit to not being fit or adventurous enough or being too afraid of getting hurt.
Ambition: Visiting the Taj Mahal in India is one of 50 things the average adults wants to do before they die
Adventure: Going on a safari in Africa is one of the less surprising ambitions to make the top 50
Becoming a millionaire, traveling the world, seeing the Northern Lights, trekking the Great Wall of China and being mortgage free are the top five respectively on the checklist of dreams.
Among the other less surprising entries are writing a novel, learning to speak another language, visiting the Egyptian pyramids and running a marathon.
But ambitions that might fairly be considered less universal also feature, including travelling around New Zealand in a Winnebago motor home, inventing something that changes people lives, riding a Segway scooter and going to Harry Potter World in Florida.
Other boxes to tick range from gambling in Las Vegas, driving down Route 66 in the United States and visiting Disneyland to meeting the Queen, learning to fly a helicopter and emigrating.
Dreams: Swimming with dolphins is 19th on the list, but sadly most of us will only fulfill five of our ambitions
Speed demons: Driving a Formula One car is high up many people’s list of lifelong ambitions
The list was complied following a study commissioned by outdoor clothing company Helly Hansen of 2,000 adults.
More than one third of people surveyed complained that they did not have enough time to achieve their ambition, while 20 per cent were worried about injuries.
More than a quarter also did not believe they were fit enough to attempt their ultimate goal and 12 per cent confessed that had no ambitions at all.
Nearly half also realised that they have to be more adventurous to achieve their ambitions.
50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE
1. Become a millionaire
2. Travel the world
3. See the Northern Lights
4. Trek the Great Wall of China
5. Be mortgage free
6. Go to the Inca Trail
7. See all seven wonders of the world
8. Visit the Egyptian Pyramids
9. Invent something that changes lives
10. Visit Antarctica
11. Go to the orient express
12. Go on an African Safari
13. See the Taj Mahal
14. Learn to play the piano / guitar / drums
15. Stay a night at the world’s best hotel
16. Build your own house
17. Drive Route 66 in the US
18. Go to Lapland
19. Swim with dolphins / sharks
21. Learn to speak another language
22. Own an island
23. Dine at a Michelin star restaurant
24. Write a novel
25. See Gorillas in the wild
26. Live and work abroad
27. Hot air balloon ride
28. Fly a plane
29. Travel New Zealand in a Winnebago
30. Start and run your dream business
31. Ride a Segway
32. Go to Disneyworld
33. Gamble in Las Vegas
34. Act as an extra in a Hollywood film
35. Dedicate time to volunteering
36. Try out an F1 car
37. Learn to fly a plane or helicopter
38. Have a family
39. Be an extra in a movie
40. Climb a mountain like Everest
41. Buy a yacht
42. Meet your idol / favourite celebrity
43. Run a marathon
44. Watch a World Cup final
45. Meet the Queen
46. Learn to surf
47. Go to Harry Potter World in Florida
48. Abseil down a mountain
49. Do an army assault course
50. Deep sea dive
Enjoyment: Riding a Segway, left, and gambling in Las Vegas were the less universal ambitions to make the list
Big kids: A trip to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, features on the average adult’s wishlist
A spokesperson from Helly Hansen told The Daily Express: ‘It is fantastic to see that so many people still have a passion for taking to the outdoors in order to experience new challenges.
‘But it is a real shame to see that some may not achieve lifelong ambitions because of a lack of faith in their own ability.
‘We are only too aware of the positive mental effects and increased confidence associated with physical activity in an outdoor environment.
‘Setting yourself a yearly goal can be a great motivator, whether your goal is to run a marathon, climb a mountain or simply improve your general health and well-being.’
High life: A ride in a hot air balloon is another common dream that people wish to fulfill