100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime

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With few vacation days and even fewer funds, you better make every trip count.

We’ve done the work for you and put together this epic list of must-sees, updating our original bucket list of travel destinations to include reader suggestions and this year’s travel hotspots.

From a beach full of pigs in the Bahamas to dog sledding in Sweden, these are the 100 most incredible trips everyone should take in their lifetime.

Megan Willett contributed to an earlier version of this post.


Ride a dogsled through the back-country of Sweden.

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Taste some of the best pizza in the world in Naples, Italy.


See the great wildebeest migration in Africa’s Serengeti National Park.

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Stand in awe of the Aurora Borealis from Lapland, in northern Finland.

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Feed swimming pigs in Exuma, in the Bahamas.

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Drive a classic car around Havana, Cuba.

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Navigate the backwaters of Kerala, India, on a houseboat.

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Watch the sun set over the Mediterranean Sea from Santorini, one of the most beautiful Greek islands.

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Sample street food — satay, laksa, char kueh teow, to name a few dishes — at a hawker center in Penang, Malaysia.

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Walk under the budding cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan, which was voted best city in the world by Travel + Leisure for the second year in a row.

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Watch the sunset on a beach in Zanzibar, Africa.


Get splashed under Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s widest waterfalls, which borders Brazil and Argentina.

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Stay in a luxury hut over the clear aqua waters of the Maldives.

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Bathe in a cenote (a deep natural sinkhole) in the Yucatán, Mexico.

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Rub shoulders with the revelers at Carnival in Salvador, Brazil.

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See the reflection of the spectacular Rocky Mountains in Moraine Lake at Banff National Park, Canada.


Walk along the walls of Dubrovnik, which have protected the Croatian city since the 7th century.

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See giant tortoises and sea lions in the Galapagos Islands.


Get lost in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey.


Snap the ultimate tourist shot at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.


Soak in the steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon, outside of Reykjavík, Iceland.

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Bungee jump in Queenstown, New Zealand, the “adventure capital of the world.”

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Party in the edgy underground clubs of Berlin, Germany.

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Stroll the ancient streets of the fortified medieval French town of Carcassonne.

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Stare into the so-called “Door to Hell,” a burning natural gas field, in Derweze, Turkmenistan.


Spend a night cozied up in an ice hotel, like the Ice Hotel Romania in the Fagaras Mountains near Bucharest.


Visit Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which was named the world’s best tourist attraction by Lonely Planet last year. The 700-year-old, 154-square-mile city sits deep in the jungle and is a must-see.

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Float in the Dead Sea in Israel.

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Check out the Art Deco architecture in South Beach, Miami.

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Explore the unreal geography of Cappadocia in Turkey.

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Admire Frank Gehry’s twisting, undulating architecture at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.


Dive with whale sharks and manta rays off the coast of Mozambique.

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View the colourful, ramshackle homes built into the cliffs of Valparaíso, Chile.

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Peer down on the rice terraces of Yunnan, China.

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Stroll along the banks of the Seine in Paris.

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Go diving in Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef.


Experience the Lunar New Year celebrations in China.


Trek to the Salar de Uyuni, the massive salt flat in Bolivia.


Take in the view from the observation deck of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.


Buy local goods and antiques at Thailand’s famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.


Hike Arizona’s surreal Coyote Buttes.

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Picnic in Antoni Gaudí’s surreal Parc Güell in Barcelona, Spain.


Amble through the old Spanish colonial streets of Cartagena, Colombia.


Get lost in the maze of gardens at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, France.

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Taste traditional pho from Hanoi, Vietnam.


Explore the streets of Petra, an ancient rock city in Jordan.


Step onto the floating islands of Lake Titicaca in South America, which are still inhabited by the indigenous Uros people.

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Catch the first rays of light over Bryce Canyon in southwestern Utah.

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Relax on one of the gorgeous beaches of Goa, India.

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Catch some colourful beads at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Climb to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird’s-eye view of Machu Picchu.

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Wear a mask at Carnival in Venice, Italy.

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Get adventurous and hike along the unrestored section of the Great Wall of China. Hurry, because close to two-thirds of the wall have been destroyed because of over-farming, natural erosion, and the selling of historic engraved bricks.

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Visit each of the five villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre.

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Drive up to the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii and watch the stars come out.

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Check out the megayacht-filled Port de Monaco, where billionaires go to play.

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Experience Moroccan hospitality at a riad, or hotel, like the Palais Namaskar in Marrakech.

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Swim to the private beach of Morakot Cave in Koh Mook, Thailand.

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Stand at the edge of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

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Share a beer at the Lazy Lizard at the Split, a laid-back beach bar in Caye Caulker, Belize.


Gawk at the mysterious Moai statues on Easter Island.


Snap a photo of Madagascar’s playful, bushy-tailed lemurs.

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Have a beer in the beautiful Market Square of Krakow, Poland.

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Explore the ruins of Tikal, an ancient city hidden in the Guatemalan jungle.

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Thunder through sand dunes on a desert safari outside Abu Dhabi.


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland.

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Play a hand of blackjack in one of Macau’s enormous casinos.


Run with the bulls at Pamplona’s famous Fiesta de San Fermin.


Spend New Year’s Eve watching the fireworks show over Sydney Harbour.


Marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza outside Cairo, Egypt.

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Navigate through icebergs on a cruise to Antarctica.

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Step into the dreamy landscape of China’s Huangshan Mountain.

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Ogle the gorgeous colours of the thermal pools in Yellowstone National Park.

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Go on a gorilla trek in Rwanda, Africa.

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Inhale the sweet aroma of the lavender fields of Provence, France.

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Drive through the Australian Outback.

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Attend a Kabuki theatre show in Tokyo.

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Dance the tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Sunbathe in Hainan, China.


Eat your way through Queens, New York, as the super-diverse borough was named the top US travel destination by Lonely Planet in 2015.

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Ride a gondola between Canada’s breathtaking Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.


Take a helicopter ride around New York City for the ultimate view of the skyline.

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Take afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel or another upscale tea room in London.


Pose with the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Feel like you’re in Europe in Quebec City, Canada, the only walled city with cobblestone streets north of Mexico.


Go on safari in Botswana, where you can see all types of wildlife.


Hit the slopes at Niseko, in northern Japan, known for some of the best powder on the planet.


Lounge on the stunning beaches of Lagos, Portugal.

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Marvel at the incredibly elaborate architecture of St. Petersburg, Russia, which was voted the best destination in Europe in this year’s World Travel Awards.


Breathe in the fresh air at Mt. Everest in the Himalayas.

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Take an architectural tour of Chicago by boat.


Admire the incredible golden pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar.

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Play a round of golf in St. Andrews, Scotland.


Take a tasting tour through Franschhoek, one of South Africa’s best-known wine making regions.

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Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (or Wat Pho) in Bangkok, Thailand. It is one of the city’s oldest temples.


Drive along California’s Pacific Coast Highway, and admire the incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.


Admire the dreamy Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and the other historic mosques in Isfahan, Iran.

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Ski the Swiss Alps.

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Celebrate Holi in India.

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See stunning natural wonders on the Azores Islands, which are 800 miles off the coast of Portugal and still somewhat of a hidden gem.

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