Bucket List Travel Experiences 2017

Each and everyone of us has a list of things we want to do and places we want to see in our lifetime and for many this means packing a bag and hopping on a plane to far-flung destinations to experience new cultures and marvel at nature's beauty or Man's architectural genius.

To get you inspired for 2017 and beyond, we've compiled our top bucket list experiences, from top animal encounters to active adventures and the world's most incredible wonders and exciting festivals.

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Top 10 Animal Encounters

From trekking in Uganda to see the world's last remaining mountain gorillas to meeting the remarkably human-like orangutans of Borneo's rainforests, no bucket list would be complete without including top animal encounters.

Our varied planet plays host to a staggering range of unique creatures and each country has its own iconic animal worth visiting for, whether it's India and its tigers or China and its pandas. Either on safari or visiting wildlife centres designed to protect these precious animals, the range of experiences is as varied as the animals themselves.

As well as individual species, animals are also responsible for some of the most awe-inspiring spectacles on earth, chief among them the incredible Great Wildebeest Migration in East Africa when thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make a perilous journey in search of greener pastures.

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Top 10 Wonders of the World

Numerous lists have been compiled rating the planet's favourite natural and man-made wonders, from the official New Seven Wonders of the World that includes Christ the Redeemer in Brazil and Chichen Itza in Mexico, to the New7Wonders of Nature that features the Amazon Rainforest in South America, Halong Bay in Vietnam and Jeju Island in South Korea.

We've put together our Top 10 Wonders of the World that includes a mix of man-made archaeological treasures including the Rose City of Petra in Jordan and the Great Wall of China, as well as some of Mother Nature's most impressive geological formations or phenomenons, from the Northern Lights in Iceland to the spectacular Victoria Falls in Africa.

There's a variety of ways in which you can enjoy these wonders and so we've also included our favourite ways to best experience them whether it's in the comfort of a hot tub or a thrilling Microlight flight.

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Top 10 World Festivals

Festivals are a time for people to come together and celebrate, and each country has its own unique reasons to celebrate and ways in which to do so. Whether it's to mark the start of a season like the colourful Holi festival in India where people hit the streets to throw coloured water at one another, or a mass gathering of people at the Rio Carnival in Brazil to dance and let off steam before the fasting season of Lent, there's a wonderful selection of experiences to be enjoyed and shared at a festival.

Often festivals and carnivals can be the best time to visit a destination with people in high spirits and the streets alive with activity. It might be your first visit to a country and a way of making sure you never forget it or it may be a second or third visit and a chance to experience something totally new in that destination. Here's our selection of Top 10 World Festivals.

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Top 10 Active Adventures

One of the best ways to fully appreciate the world's incredible choice of natural wonders and man-made brilliance is to make the journey there as memorable as the sight itself. You can trek through the Andes mountains to get to the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru or you can take on the white water rapids of the Zambezi River beneath the monstrous Victoria Falls.

Mountains hold a particular allure for many, their very presence an invitation for outdoor adventure and personal challenge, and how better to see Mount Everest or Kilimanjaro than up close and personal after days of trekking rewarded by unforgettable vistas?

To get you planning that trip of a lifetime we've compiled a list of top active adventures combining famous treks with more off-the-beaten track options for those looking for something a little different.

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