This is the No. 1 place people want to go before they die

Byline: Sean Dowling

Hawaii is the top place people want to visit while they're still kicking.

That's according to a new study from AARP, which found that travel landed on most people's bucket lists.

The company looked at a bunch of different age groups but was most interested in what baby boomers had to say.

18 percent of boomers picked Hawaii as their top spot, which makes sense when you consider the beaches, ocean views and year-round warm weather.

In fact, a recent study found that people living in Hawaii are the happiest of any state.

Alaska, California and New York also made the cut.

Boomers said having a mental bucket list of places to visit gives them something to look forward to.

Another takeaway from the study is that nearly half of all bucket list trips focused on the destination, as opposed to a specific activity or attraction at their destination.

Of course! You know the old saying, "Life is a journey, not a destination. Except for Hawaii because that place rocks."

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Best month to travel to the world's top 10 most popular destinations
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Best month to travel to the world's top 10 most popular destinations

U.S.: While the most affordable month to stay in a hotel in the U.S. was in January ($186), May ($200), June ($210), and September ($204) are the best months to visit, boasting an optimal combination of price and temperature.

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 Spain: The least expensive hotel rates in Spain were in January ($124), however, travelers are able enjoy low prices and better weather in March ($154), April ($161) and November ($150).

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Caribbean: Travelers can find the best prices on hotels in the Caribbean from August through October, with nightly rates averaging as low as $301. Since it is hurricane season, travelers need to watch the weather and consider purchasing travel insurance.

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Brazil: While the weather there is always warm, hotel rates in Brazil are coolest during the months of March ($137), April ($135) and May ($133).

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Mexico: With warm temperatures year-round, travelers can seek out the lowest hotel prices in Mexico between September and November, at an average of $318 per night or less.

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U.K.: Though the least expensive hotels in the U.K. were in January ($170) and February ($181), U.S. travelers can also enjoy affordable rates and mild temperatures in May ($222), August ($228) and October ($226).

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Japan: January ($163) was the least expensive month to book a hotel in Japan, however, travelers will find April ($221), May ($205), and June ($199) offer the best combination of warm temperatures and low rates. Travelers vacationing in June should pack an umbrella, which is in the midst of Japan’s rainy season.

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Italy: Travelers can enjoy the largest hotel savings in Italy during the winter months, but will want to travel during April ($230), October ($258), or November ($185) for the best mix of price and weather.


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Thailand: Boasting consistently high temperatures, travelers can go low on hotel prices during Thailand’s shoulder season in April ($144), May ($135), and June ($145).

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India: Featuring hot temperatures all year, travelers willing to brave the heat can find the least expensive hotels in India April through June, with nightly rates below $110.

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