100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime

If you needed any more proof that the world is filled with wonder and drama and colour and inspiration, look no further than this countdown. Your bucket list absolutely starts here!


Click here to meet the panel of 10 travel experts who judged our ‘100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime’.


100. Be amazed by the Isles of Scilly in England

99. Wander around the Natural History Museum of London

98. Be happy in Disneyland California, USA

97. Travel from Geneva to Vienna by train

96. Swim in Samoa’s To Sua Ocean Trench

95. Catch your breath in Fiordland, New Zealand

94. Tour Berlin by foot

93. Journey from Delhi to Nepal by train

92. Sail down the Nile, Egypt

91. Climb Hawaii’s volcanoes

90. Bike through the Pinar del Rio in Cuba

89. Go diving in Palawan, the Philippines

88. Trek the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea

87. Celebrate the Carnival of Venice in Italy

86. See the view from the top of SigirIya, Sri Lanka

85. See Paris’ other museums

84. Stroll around Cadaqués in Spain

83. See history at Lalibela, Ethiopia

82. Laze about in Bora Bora

81. Rise above Cappadocia in a hot air balloon

80. Visit an onsen in Japan

79. Soak in the baths of Pamukkale in Turkey

78. Trace history at the Acropolis in Athens

77. Experience the charms of Corsica in France

76. Go bareboating in Croatia

75. Sail the islands of Tahiti

74. Witness the Holy Land

73. The Palace of Versailles in France

72. Meander in the Cinque Terre, Italy

71. Head from coast to coast in the USA

70. Island-hop the Maldives

69. Crane your neck in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, Italy

68. Explore Provence, France

67. Admire the splendour of Yosemite National Park, USA

66. Stay in an Ice Hotel

65. Drive through Monument Valley, USA

64. Go hot air ballooning over Bagan in Myanmar

63. Cycle the Tour de France

62. See Wadi Rum in Jordan

61. Take an arctic safari through Canada

60. Shop in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey

59. Drive the Pacific Coast in California, USA

58. Get lost in Venice, Italy

57. Climb to the top of Stromboli, Italy

56. view the unique landscape of Yellowstone National Park, USA

55. Celebrate Christmas in New York

54. Take in sunrise at El Tatio Geysers in Chile

53. Get up close to giant pandas in China

52. Tour Ireland by Road

51. Visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

50. Stand at the top of Table Mountain, South Africa

49. Explore Milford Sound in New Zealand

48. Sleep under an Arabian Sky

47. Volunteer in a foreign country

46. Climb Annapurna in Nepal

45. See the dragons in Komodo National Park, Indonesia

44. Drive through the Scottish Highlands

43. Cruise (in a car) along the Amalfi Coast in Italy

42. Live it up in the south of France

41. Uncover the mysteries of Easter Island

40. Stay in a Japanese Ryokan

39. Board the Trans-Siberian Railway

38. See the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico

37. Island-hop in Greece

36. Drive round New Zealand’s South Island

35. Walk the El Camino de Santiago in Spain

34. Stay in a Tuscan villa in Italy

33. Join the Carnival in Rio, Brazil

32. Wander the streets of Seville, Spain

31. Adventure to the Altiplano, Bolivia

30. Cruise the Arctic Circle

29. Take the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul

28. Explore Basque Country in Spain

27. Watch a final on Centre Court at Wimbledon

26. Gaze in awe at Sagrada Familia Barcelona, Spain

25. Be surprised by Iran

24. Be seduced by Sicily, Italy

23. Walk the sand dunes of Namibia

22. Spot polar bears

21. Journey to the pyramids in Giza, Egypt

20. Get drenched in colour at Holi festival, India

19. Revel in the majesty of Alhambra in Granada, Spain

18. Visit the remote kingdom of Bhutan

17. Discover the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia

16. Cruise the Antarctic

15. Wander the Hermitage Museum, Russia

14. Explore The Andes in South America

13. Spend a week in Paris, France

12. See the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle

11. Admire the natural beauty of Iceland

10. Take a bite out of New York, USA

9. See the beauty of Petra in Jordan

8. Walk the Great Wall of China

7. View the Taj Mahal at sunrise, India

6. Follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

5. See the Amazon Rainforest

4. Explore the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

3. Trek to see the mountain gorillas of Africa

2. Hike in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia

1. Go on an epic African safari 



International Traveller’s ‘100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime’ is supported by our friends at Expedia.com.au

International Traveller's '100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime' is sponsored by Expedia



Comments (2)
  • Dolores says:

    How could there be not one mention about any of the great sites in Australia?! Traveler magazine must be a mediocre travel source!

    • International Traveller Magazine says:

      Hi Dolores, thanks for your feedback.
      Just to clarify, International Traveller magazine has been designed for Australians travelling overseas, while our sister title Australian Traveller magazine (www.australiantraveller.com) covers all domestic destinations.
      This is why we made no mention of Australia throughout the countdown.
      We hope this clears things up for you.