Bucket lists don’t have to be cliché. They’re a way to catalog living life to the fullest – a master directory where you can aspire to sleep under the stars, write a novel or compete in extreme ironing (yes, that’s a thing) all in one place. Every list should be different. But some experiences deserve a place on everyone’s.

That’s why we’ve come up with our very own: the ultimate travel bucket list. In our (nearly) 30 years of experience, we’ve picked up a thing or two that could come in handy when making yours. These are our top 18 experiences from around the globe. Ready for some inspiration?

18. Get lost among the glittering temples and gardens of Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan

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17. Climb to the Peak of Sigiriya Rock in Sri Lanka

Siiriya, Sri Lanka

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16. Camp out at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon, USA

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15. Venture to the depths of Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

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14. Cruise through Vietnam’s Halong Bay

Halong Bay

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13. Sleep under the dazzling starry sky in the Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert

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12. Explore the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia

Cappadocia, Turkey

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11. Share a pizza in Italy

Pizza in Italy

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10. Wander along the Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar

Baobab Trees in Madagascar

 

9. Island hop around the Greek Cyclades

Santorini, Greece

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8. Experience the magic of the dancing Northern Lights

Northern Lights

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7. Gaze up at the magnificent Treasury façade at Petra

Petra, Jordan

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6. Experience the remote wilderness of Patagonia

Patagonia

 

5. Be mesmerised by the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, India

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4. Swim with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef

Whale Shark in WA

 

3. See the vast expanse of the Salar de Uyuni

Bolivia Salt Flats

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2. Walk along the Great Wall of China

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1. Trek in the Himalayas

Trekking in Nepal

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