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This is IT! The ultimate bucket list of life-changing travel experiences.

Stay tuned as we tick them off, one epic trip at a time.

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The smallest country in the world sure does punch above its weight in terms of artistic masterpieces. From the Sistine Chapel to St Peter’s Basilica, you’re sure to give yourself neck-ache taking it all in! Join Nina as she takes a tour of the Pope’s stomping ground.

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Fancy yourself as a bit of an Egyptologist? This is the Ultimate 49 experience for you! Come take a read of what happened when Aly took a step back in time to the age of pharaohs, fascinating tombs and hieroglyphs at the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. All together now: wowwww.

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Get ready to rock! Join Tara as she gets whisked away to the land of Celtic myths and legends – the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. What better spot to stop and take a selfie than atop one of its 40,000 honeycomb-shaped basalt columns?

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The Spanish Steps. The Trevi Fountain. The Pantheon. The Colosseum. It’s fair to say that Rome packs plenty of must-see landmarks! Join Nina as she steps into a living history lesson as she wanders from monument to monument – with time for pizza, obvs.

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What are the Pyramids of Giza made of? Pure bucket list material, that’s what! Prepare to feel small and insignificant (in the best possible way) and join Aly as she stands before these eye-popping structures, which are some of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Archaeology = totally awesome.

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Cool breeze? Check. The sound of waves lapping against the shore? Check. Delicious seafood? You bet that’s a check! Come join Nina as she spends not one, not two, but THREE days sailing some of the lesser-known Greek Islands – we guarantee it’ll float your boat.

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Ready for a dose of vitamin SEA? Then come join Claire as she hits the water on a sailing adventure in Australia’s idyllic Whitsunday Islands. Expect sun, sea, sand, snorkelling – and of course, a tinnie or two (for good measure). Don’t forget the suntan lotion! /p>

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Question time. What’s 8.6 times saltier than the ocean and the lowest point on earth? Why, the extra salty Dead Sea, of course! Check out what happened when Aly waded through the mud and went for a dip in its famous waters. Spoiler alert: she didn’t need to use armbands. Science, we salute you!

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Didn’t know that Europe had a top? You do now! Say hello to the Jungfrau: a towering mountain in the Swiss Alps where you can wrap your peepers around some truly humbling views. This is the story of what happened when Shu took THE most scenic train ride up 3,544 m worth of mountain slope. Winter wonderland doesn’t even cover it!

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The best way to see Dubrovnik’s historic city walls? Why, from the sea, of course! Grab a paddle and join Nina as she takes to the water for a spot of kayaking. Picturing those turquoise waters, rocky shores and beach caves yet? So are we...

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Time to channel your inner Indiana Jones! Join Aly as she takes a wander through Petra, the historic city that’s carved into stone. Also known as the Rose City (yep, beautiful colours are a thing here) there’s so much more to explore at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Think: intricate caves, rolling hills and, of course, the world-famous Treasury.

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What’s better than sledding? Night sledding. What’s better than night sledding? Night sledding IN THE SWISS ALPS. Join first-time adrenaline junkie Shu as she throws caution to the wind and zips down the mountainside, taking in snow-capped trees, frozen waterfalls and alpine meadows as she goes. Hold onto your hats!

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Always wanted to swim with dolphins? Yeah, us too. Follow Rich on his journey to Kaikoura, New Zealand, where he has a close encounter with these beautiful animals. Grab your bathers, practise your best dolphin-attracting noises and dive in!

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Brenna ziplining through a forest in Canada! Read her experience of taking to the skies on this adrenaline-fuelled adventure in the stunning Whistler Blackcomb resort. Surrounded by snow and so much natural beauty, it’s no surprise this has made the Ultimate 49. Let’s do this!

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Walking shoes at the ready. This is one hike you’re not gonna want to miss. Join Mollie as she hikes the Valley of the Winds trail through the stunning Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) in Australia’s Outback. Charge your cameras, slap on the sunscreen and read on!

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Smell that? Yeah, it’s the yummy street food that Ho Chi Minh is famous for. Follow Jordan as he gets his hands on some of the local favourites on a street food tour of the city with a local guide. If you’re a foodie, this is one Ultimate 49 experience you’re not gonna want to miss. Read on!

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New Zealand is world-famous for its extreme outdoor activities, and bungy jumping is no exception. Wanna get that adrenaline pumping? Read on and see how Rich got on at the AJ Hackett bungy jump just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand. Ready to take the leap? Yeah, you are!

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Canada = bucket list destination. Snowmobile ride = bucket list activity. Join Brenna as she tries out a snowmobile for the first time in the famous Big White ski resort in Canada. Complete with snow-laden pine trees, mountain views and tons of snow, this one comes to you straight from the front of a postcard.

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Do you prefer a sunset or a sunrise? You’ll probably be biased towards option B after reading this. Follow Mollie as she experiences sunrise at the magical Uluru in Outback Australia. Who cares about the early starts when the views are this epic anyway, right?

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OMG moments and endless photo ops await at the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand’s North Island. You’ll be transported to The Shire with all its little quirks as soon as you step on set. Join Rich as he does just that and get a feel for what it’s like to live the Hobbit life.

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Up there with the world’s natural greats as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is like something from another planet. From limestone rock formations to mysterious caves, it’s all here. Join Jordan as he stays overnight in the bay on a junk boat and get a feel for the bay’s magic. This place is epic.

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Santorini is on the bucket list of so many travellers and it’s no surprise why. This place is stunning. When it comes to sunsets, the village of Oia comes out on top as best in show. Follow Jeremy as he heads up to the perfect viewpoint for the sunset of a lifetime. Heart-shaped eyes emojis at the ready!

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Join Alan as he takes (arguably) the most awesome tour of the majestic Canadian Rockies possible with a dog sledding experience. From meeting the dogs to weaving through the landscape to steering the sled, check out how Alan fell in love with the mountains in winter.

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Taking a helicopter up Fox Glacier, New Zealand, and hiking through the ice? No biggie. Well actually, it is. Come and follow Rich as he navigates through the glacier caves with his fellow Topdeckers and attempts to take it all in. If you want an out-of-this-world experience, this one’s definitely for you.

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It’s a classic, and for good reason. We’re talking ultimate bucket list stuff right here! Check out what Neel got up to on the most magical night of the year in one of America’s most iconic cities. That’s right, we’re talking about New Year’s Eve in the one and only New York City. Sounds pretty epic, huh?

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The Big Easy, aka New Orleans, is full of culture, music, food – and of course, epic parties. The legendary Bourbon Street is no exception to this rule. From brass bands to Cajun food, there’s something for everyone on this famous street. Join Taylor as she explores what Bourbon Street has to offer and get a feel for this vibrant part of town.

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Oktoberfest, you beauty! The world’s biggest party takes over Munich every year for more shenanigans than you can shake a litre-sized beer at. Follow Chris as he gets into the spirit and raises a stein (or two) at the infamous German shindig. Oh, and did we mention the theme park rides and food? This is not a drill. Prost!

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Ready to feel small? The Grand Canyon does that to people. Especially when you take a helicopter ride over it. Eeeek! You truly can’t comprehend the scale of this place until you see it from above. Join Taylor as she takes to the skies and gets a bird’s-eye view over this unbelievable natural landscape.

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The Blue Mountains in Australia are world-famous for being super majestic. Join Tess as she sees the picture-perfect peaks in the most awesome way possible: by abseiling down them! Progressing from beginner’s cliffs to a more advanced mountain, check out how Tess embraced the adrenaline rush and conquered her initial fears.

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Ready to tick off a major bucket list big gun? Then grab your thermals and join Tom as he chases the Northern Lights in Iceland. Up there with the most beautiful natural phenomena in the whole wide world, catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights = guaranteed feels. It’ll probably make you cry. Seriously.

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You’re in Texas, baby! Veer off Route 66 for a stop at the Cadillac Ranch. A public art installation and sculpture, this is definitely one for those seeking a slice of the surreal (plus, it goes down a treat on Instagram). Let Taylor take you through her experience of the Ranch and see for yourself why it’s a pretty darn sweet spot.

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The Blue Lagoon is an absolute must-do when travelling through Iceland. Follow Tom as he gets up close and personal with the milky blue water. This place really is one of the most famous geothermal spas in the world. Complete with a black lava fields as a backdrop, this is a bucket list experience you’re not gonna wanna miss.

Street food safari in Singapore
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Chopsticks at the ready! Join Sabrina Iovino as she hits the streets of Singapore’s vibrant Chinatown on a street food safari like no other. Expect colourful temples, buzzing stalls, bags of insider tips and as much cheap and cheerful deliciousness as you can handle. Feeling that #foodenvy yet? We don’t blame you!

Learn to surf in Portugal
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With more than its fair share of sun-soaked beaches and a huge variety of waves to suit beginners as well as pros, it’s no wonder that Ericeira in Portugal is one of the surfing capitals of the world. Join Mandy Celine as she suits up and takes to the water for surfing lessons in some of the most popular breaks around.

Boat ride across Lake Bled
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With its still blue waters, cute little church and even a medieval castle thrown into the mix, Lake Bled is like something straight out of a fairytale ‒ so naturally, it’s a pretty big deal on Instagram. Find out what happened when Jess Glynn hopped on a magical boat ride in one of Slovenia’s most achingly gorgeous locations.

Food fight at La Tomatina in Valencia
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Forget your average food fight. With thousands of thrill seekers, truckloads of tomato ammo and an hour’s worth of pelting action to get involved in, La Tomatina is the very definition of organised chaos. Join Emily from Along Dusty Roads as she hits the streets of Valencia and unleashes tomato-based havoc.

Alternative street art tour in Berlin
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Wanna see Berlin’s edgy side in all its gritty, grungy glory? Germany’s capital packs a whole bunch of awesome street art, and an army of undercover paint-spraying pros who decorate unsuspecting walls throughout the city. Unleash your inner graffiti-loving hipster and join Jess on her alternative urban tour of Berlin.

Tandem paragliding in the Austrian Alps
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What’s the best way to check out the breathtaking beauty of the picture-perfect Austrian Alps? Why, by floating through the air, of course! Join Jess Glynn as she takes to the skies for unbeatable views of those rolling green landscapes and snow-capped peaks on an unforgettable tandem paragliding experience. Up, up and away!

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Like something out of a fairytale, the Swiss Alps are one of Europe’s most impressive natural wonders. And the village of Lauterbrunnen is no exception. Set in a valley of majestic cliffs and powerful waterfalls, #nofilter views are in endless supply here. Come meet Christianne’s travel mate Ben as he takes the plunge and skydives over this storybook setting.

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Known for its cool style, unparallelled art scene, delicious food and iconic architecture, Paris has long been on the bucket list of many fellow travellers. And for good reason. Join Christianne as she soaks up the sights in the city and feasts on a gourmet picnic by that famous tower. Yeah Eiffel Tower, we’re looking at you.

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Nothing gets the heart pumping more than a jump into the freezing waters of Norway. Brendan van Son keeps up the Topdeck tradition and takes the plunge, ticking off this daring bucket list item. Come check it out. Go on, we dare you.

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San Fran: the home of classic cable cars, a buzzing Chinatown, quaint architecture, lots of hills and that famous bridge. Come see what’s going down with Em Peachy as she sets sail in San Francisco Bay. At sunset. Yeah, it’s gonna be sweet.

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You’ve seen it in the movies and read about it in the classics, but Venice needs to be seen to be believed. With unique architecture and waterways for roads, Venice is pretty damn sweet. Take a trip with Christianne as she explores this romantic city on an iconic gondola ride on the Grand Canal.

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Everyone loves a good sunset. But how about one that doesn’t end? Yes, it’s a thing: it’s called the midnight sun. You can go check it out in Norway, and that’s exactly what Brendan van Son did with Topdeck. Come read his account of this 24-hour sun phenomenon and get ready to be inspired.

Camel riding in the Sahara
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Go beyond the hustle and bustle of Marrakech’s vibrant souks and be the Arabian prince (or princess) in your own Aladdin tale. Practise your perfect Insta pose atop your trusty camel and experience the magic of the Sahara with Girl Unfurled.

Street Food Tour of Bangkok
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Dive head first into the sensory overload that is a Bangkok street eats tour. Transport style? Tuk tuk, obvs. Hold on tight as we join Jelly Journeys and weave through the bustling capital to sample the best fried rice, tom yum soup, juicy duck, pork skewers and barbecued fish (just to name a few). Mouth watering yet? Trust us, it will be.

Safari in the Serengeti
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Grab your khaki clothes and camera, it’s time for a safari! We’re heading deep into the Serengeti with How Far from Home as they take us on this ultimate animal adventure. Quick! We just saw a cheetah…

Meander the medina in Marrakech
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From its collection of Instagram-worthy mosaic doors, awe-inspiring palaces, colourful souks and lip smacking fresh fruit juices, Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Follow Gurl Unfurled as we get to the heart of Morocco’s capital (and your new favourite city).

Snorkelling in the Gili Islands
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With turquoise waters, picture-perfect beachside bars and an abundance of marine life that can be found on a deep sea snorkelling adventure, the allure of the Gili Islands is oh so real. Join Jake Boys as he makes friends with the kaleidoscopic fish and friendly sea turtles that call this Indonesian island home.

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Seeing the Northern Lights
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