No matter how many countries you’ve been to, there’s always somewhere new to discover.
But with so many cultures, countries, and landscapes to explore, it’s hard to prioritize one dream destination over another.
Business Insider UK asked 20 top travel bloggers and writers/editors from the likes of Lonely Planet, Suitcase, and Airbnb for the top five destinations they’ve ever visited — or the ones that are at the top of their bucket list.
Based on their advice, we’ve compiled a list of must-see places across the globe that everyone should visit in their lifetime.
From off-the-beaten-track hidden gems to well-recognised yet stunning locations, prepare to get hit with some serious travel envy as you scroll on to see the 100 destinations everyone should visit in their lifetime — along with why everyone should experience each trip.
See mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.
India Dowley, Digital Editor of Suitcase Magazine, told us this is the best place to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
«Climb 3,470 metres to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano that last erupted in 2002 and spend the night in a shelter overlooking the world’s largest crater lake,» she said.
Visit the chocolate box fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands, Norway.
«This remote archipelago in Norway is known for dramatic peaks and dark glassy seas,» Dowley said. «Dotted with chocolate-box fishing villages such Henningsvær, it’s not hard to imagine it when the Vikings ruled the north seas.»
Pretend you’re on a desert island at Motu Tiapaa in Maupiti.
«This islet in the South Pacific archipelago is as close to a desert island as you’re going to get,» Dowley said. «Simultaneously wild and tranquil, volcanic black rock meets powder-white beaches, beyond which, between July and October, humpback whales glide past on their annual pilgrimage from Antarctica.»
Explore the sci-fi landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey.
«Volcanic eruptions nearly four million years ago left the landscape dotted with rock structures known as fairies, leaving the region looking like something out of a Star Wars film,» Dowley said. «Now scattered with underground cities and carved out cave dwellings, Cappadocia has only begun to attract visitors in recent years.»
Camp in the Caucasus Mountains in Kazbegi, Georgia.
«This small town in the Caucasus Mountains is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been,» Dowley said. «Tbilisi locals go in the summer months to camp among wild horses on the lush carpet of the mountains, with vertiginous views of waterfalls and towering peaks.»
Chill out in Levi, Finland.
James Asquith, who holds the world record for being the youngest person to visit every country in the world, picked this as one of his hotspots.
«Located over 100 miles north of the Arctic circle, it gets seriously cold here,» he said. «I was there when the Mercury dropped to -34 degrees centigrade, but once you acclimatise to having your breath taken away every morning, you can get busy with some truly unique activities. Ride snowmobiles and skid around on ice in go-karts, and be sure to check out the Ice Hotel.»
Have a star-gazing sleepover in Tuvalu.
«This Polynesian island nation is one of the smallest countries in the world,» Asquith said.
«Only two flights a week depart from the island. After these go, the airport runway becomes a gigantic open air sleepover at night. What feels like the entire population of the country drag their mattresses out to the runway and sleep in the open as a cool nightly breeze runs across the flat land here.»
Try the nightlife scene in Accra, Ghana.
«Ghanaian people are super friendly in the cosmopolitan capital Accra,» Asquith said. «The vibrant young population continue to pioneer what is cool in Africa, [and] bars set around swimming pools where waiters speed around on roller blades to serve drinks certainly make this a constantly evolving and happening city.»
Watch a world-renowned sunrise in Kiribati.
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«Kiribati has the most Eastern inhabited islands in the world, so if you’re lucky enough to have these east-facing beaches to yourself, you’ll be one of the first people to watch the sunrise,» Asquith said.
Travel back to Babylon in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
«With beginnings that make Samarkand as old as Babylon, this beautiful city on the Silk Road has survived many of history’s major upheavals including Alexander the Great and the Arabic conquest,» according to Asquith.
Look down into Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA.
Daniel Houghton, CEO of Lonely Planet, told Business Insider: «Incredible snow, beautiful views, Jackson is a skier’s heaven. Exhibition Run, one of the toughest in North America, is a particularly difficult but rewarding feat.»
Surf at Point Roadknight, Melbourne, Australia.
«I fell in love with the surf beaches south of Melbourne,» Houghton said. «Bells Beach and Point Roadknight offer exhilarating and beautiful spots to catch a wave or two.»
Explore London’s edgy urban scene.
«London’s unique character of ancient pubs, edgy street art, eclectic food from around the world and, of course, Londoners themselves make London a place like no other,» Houghton told Business Insider. «Hampstead Heath is a beautiful spot to take in the sheer size of the city.»
Get to know Hawaii’s islands.
«Hawaii is the only US state I’ve never been to,» Houghton said. «I have to get there soon. As a surfer, it’s a travesty I haven’t made it there yet.»
Be inspired by the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
«Lonely Planet named Angkor Wat the number one site in the world to visit,» Houghton said, selecting his final pick. «Catching sunrise over the temples overrun with tree roots is a sight that every traveler should have top of their bucket list.»
Take a road trip around Louisiana, USA.
As a travel writer and journalist, Inside The Travel Lab owner Abi King knows a thing or two about destinations. Of her first pick, she said: «Gators, grits, and gumbo. I loved the famous Southern hospitality, the heady jazz-fuelled life of New Orleans, and the silence over the beautiful landscape like the Creole Nature Trail.»
Build an igloo at Kamakura Festival in Yokote, Japan.
«Arrive in Yokote at the right time each year to find igloos popping up on the streets like mushrooms in the dark,» King said. «Over 260 miles from Tokyo, the whole village joins in with this night-time festival and children hand out hot sake to everyone.»
Be rendered speechless by Tsingy Rouge, Madagascar.
«Describing them as a natural rock formation barely does them justice — the rivers of sand that sparkle at their feet, the bold blue sky just visible overhead, the rocks themselves,» King said. «The rock formation’s rust red curves ripple like a concertina. It’s indescribable.»
Light a candle at Birgufest, Malta.
«Birgufest’s beauty lies in its simplicity: lit candles across the city create a glittering illusion,» King said. «Of course, this city’s narrow cobbled streets and towering honeycomb walls look stunning all day long, but this is other worldly.»
Cycle through the air in the cloud forests of Ecuador.
«From the earth, it is hard to see the sky; from the sky no-one can see the earth,» King said. «But in the middle of those places, beneath a canopy of trees, visitors to eco-resort
Mashpi Lodge can cycle through the air, fully immersed in the impressive emerald beauty that lives beneath the treetops.»