Travellers would rather visit the past than the future

Given the ability to travel through time, most Europeans surveyed said they would like to return to...

Given the ability to travel through time, most Europeans surveyed said they would like to return to the past rather than the future. (Yellowj/shutterstock.com)

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If time travel were possible, almost a third of Europeans would opt to go back to their own youth, according to an unusual survey conducted for Lastminute.com.

Of those surveyed, 29% said they would choose a trip that took them back to a time during their own lives when they were younger. More adventurous, 17% of respondents said they would prefer to travel further back in time to meet famous figures from history such as Cleopatra. Almost as many respondents said they could see themselves going back to a royal court, and 12% said they would like to travel back to ancient Greece to converse with the great philosophers.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, 26% of respondents said they would love to travel several centuries forward in time. Meanwhile, 21% of respondents said they would prefer to jump forward by a matter of just a few years to get a glimpse at their future life.

Among nationalities, Italians and Britons were the only populations that expressed a preference for travelling to the future rather than the past.

Conducted for Lastminute.com by OnePol, the survey questioned a sample population of 5,000 adults in five countries: 1,000 in the UK, 1,000 in Germany, 1,000 in France, 1,000 in Spain and 1,000 in Italy in late March 2014.


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