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 experiences from each of the 7 continents. Ready for some inspiration?

1. Trek with gorillas in Uganda and the Republic of Congo

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2. See the Northern Lights in Iceland

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3. Camp out at Grand Canyon National Park

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4. Walk along the Great Wall of China

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5. Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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6. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef 

 

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7. Kayak alongside glaciers in Antarctica

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