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The ultimate bucket list: 10 places to see before you die

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If you enjoy travelling, then you’ve probably got a bucket list hidden away somewhere: once in a lifetime experiences that make you look back and declare, “Wow, I did that!” Everyone’s bucket list is different; it may be cultural, historical, nostalgic or full of nature’s wonders. So here’s a list of 10 awe-inspiring destinations with a little bit of everything.

1. The Great Barrier Reef

Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced diver, Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is a must. Visible from space, it’s the largest marine protected area in the world. Boat and snorkelling trips are available but to truly appreciate the magnificent ocean life, you need to fully immerse yourself. Remember to check with us about cover for scuba diving before you travel.

2. Colosseum, Rome

Historical Rome is on the bucket list of many people, but the Colosseum deserves a special mention. It is the most magnificent example of Ancient Rome still standing today, this jewel in the heart of the Eternal City will transport you back to times of gladiatorial combat and bloodshed.

3. Venice, Italy

No other city’s quite like Venice. Intricate canal systems, bridges, stunning architecture and lack of road traffic noise, create a timeless atmosphere in this romantic and fascinating city. Take a gondola ride or wander through the colourful alleys to appreciate the beauty, culture and history of this unique Italian city.

4. Times Square

Nothing epitomises the vibrant buzz of New York City quite like Times Square: the neon signs, the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, the trendy restaurants and bars. Evening is the best time to wander around and soak up the atmosphere of the Big Apple.

5. Route 66

If you’re planning an American road trip then include this iconic highway. Route 66 connects Chicago to the Californian coast passing through small towns and spectacular scenery that encapsulate the American spirit. For a truly nostalgic trip, choose a soft top cadillac and stay in motels along the way.

6. Sunset At Uluru

This big red rock in the middle of Australia has huge spiritual significance for the Aboriginal people and is the ultimate icon of the Great Southern Land. The spectacle of colour changes during sunset is an awe-inspiring and magical experience that you’ll never forget.

7. The Serengeti Great Migration

Every year, thousands of wildebeest and zebras make the 1,200 mile odyssey across the Serengeti in search of rain and food. Witness the mass exodus and dramatic crocodile-infested river crossings from the safety of a hot air balloon to appreciate the magnitude of this natural spectacle.

8. A Husky Ride In Lapland

Here’s a bucket list item for the kids: enjoy the magical, snow-covered scenery of Lapland on an exhilarating, husky-pulled sledge ride. Then take a trip to Santa Claus Village on the back of a snowmobile or on a reindeer-pulled sleigh to visit Father Christmas.

9. Polar Bear Spotting In Alaska

Climate change is seriously threatening this endangered species so to see them in their natural habitat is not only the occasion of a lifetime, but a privilege. For the ultimate Arctic experience, go in search of the Aurora Borealis: the spectacular, natural Northern Lights phenomenon.

10. Bora Bora

The world’s peppered with exotic locations, but none compare to Bora Bora. Simply put: it’s paradise on Earth. The crystalline turquoise waters and the golden-white sands surrounded by a lagoon and natural reef are the stuff of dreams. It’s where the world ends and Nature’s perfection begins.

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