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A great trip is the sum of its parts, but when you think back on your last great adventure, it is likely that one key moment comes to mind. The following list highlights 50 special experiences everyone would be lucky to have, as approved by a well-traveled group of TravelAge West staff and contributors.
Some of the items might be new considerations for you or your clients’ bucket lists, while others are indisputable and iconic. They are the rites of passage for any traveler seeking to understand the world — its natural phenomena and its people — through first-hand experience. Most importantly, the list highlights how to engage with each destination in a way that captures its one-of-a-kind essence.
Each of our bucket list items can serve as a launching point for a more comprehensive and personalized trip itinerary. And, in the hands of an expert travel professional, each pick can help set the foundation for an unforgettable journey.
Appearing on many travel bucket lists is the Northern Lights, which can be viewed in several locations, including Norway. // (c) 2013 Thinkstock
For faith vacations, little tops a visit to Jerusalem, which is the location of the holy Western Wall. // © 2013 Thinkstock
Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. // © 2013 Thinkstock
Standing among Easter Island’s enormous moai stone statues engages even the most experienced travelers. // © 2013 Thinkstock
Antarctica is often the final frontier for the most well-traveled. // © 2013 Thinkstock
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, is a majestic symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. // © 2013 Thinkstock
Angkor Archaeological Park spans 154 square miles of ancient temples and overgrown forests. // © 2013 Thinkstock
Tracking the endangered mountain gorilla in Rwanda is a thrilling and unforgettable experience. // (c) 2013 Thinkstock
Bora Bora consistently ranks as a top honeymoon destination. // (c) 2013 Thinkstock
The three-and-a-half hour climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge offers a thrilling, one-of-a-kind perspective. // (c) 2013 Thinkstock
The Kalalau Trail hike in Kauai is strenuous, but results in beautiful views of the Na Pali Coast. // (c) 2013 Thinkstock
Many consider the ancient and once forbidden city of Bagan, Myanmar to be the world's best location for a hot air balloon ride. // (c) 2013 Thinkstock
The hilltop town of Montepulciano is one of the top producers of wine in Siena, Tuscany. // (c) 2013 Thinkstock
Countries where the big five animals can be found include Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Namibia. // (c) Thinkstock
Machu Picchu in the Cusco region of Peru is perhaps the most iconic Inca site. // (c) 2013 Thinkstock
Central America and South America