100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime, according to the world's top travel experts

Scuba dive in quiet northern Bali.

Srin Madipalli, CEO and Co-Founder of travel website Accomable which specialises in disabled travel, told Business Insider: "Before I started Accomable I was working as a City lawyer and took six months out to go travelling. One of the most exciting things I did was go diving in Bali."

"I have SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) which means I have very little muscle function and need a motorized wheelchair to get around. With the help of Bali's best accessible stay I was able to do some full-on open water dives in some of the quieter, less visited parts of the island.

"For the best sites, we drove north east across Bali to Tulamben, a small fishing village which stands out for its unusual black rocky beaches, verdant volcano views and incredible marine life."

See the "Big Five" — black rhinoceros, cape buffalo, and African elephants, lions, and leopards — on a South African safari.

"Waking up before dawn to hear hyenas cackling before setting out into the bush and seeing families of elephants, great prides of lions and the occasional, elusive leopard in the early morning light is a one-of-a-kind experience," Madipalli said. "It's also something that's really fun to do in a group."

Get lost in the tangled streets of Barceloneta, Spain.

Get lost in the tangled streets of Barceloneta, Spain. Shutterstock/anushreetravels

"Barcelona is hardly off the tourist trail but I absolutely love it there," Madipalli said. "The city, with all its grand architecture and atmospheric passageways, is surprisingly and brilliantly accessible. While most tourists make a beeline for the Gothic Quarter, I always head to Barceloneta, a little tangle of streets just behind the city beach, which has the best tapas bars and a great vibe for a cheeky, just-off-the-plane caña (small beer)."

Attend a whisky tasting in Mechelen, Belgium.

"With Accomable I'm lucky to be able to discover some unusual places for our customers in the name of work," Madipalli said. "One of my favourites was buzzy Mechelen in the north of Belgium, with its imposing cathedral and colourful townhouses. Being Belgium, they obviously had great beer, but this area is also known for its whisky distilleries."

Fly over England's Wiltshire countryside like you're in 'Top Gun.'

"I've always thought that you don't have to travel far to do something that takes you out of your comfort zone," Madipalli said. "A few years ago I was able to prove it while sat in the cockpit of a Shadow glider cruising over the Wiltshire countryside."

Explore local sites in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

Sebaastian Rijntjes, Co-Founder of travel blog Lost With Purpose, told Business Insider that in Bamiyan, "crumbling Silk Road caravanserais and towering fortresses high in the Hindu Kush Mountain and hundreds of Buddhist monastic caves punctuate the surrounding sandstone cliffs. No need to worry about crowds of tourists here — it is in Afghanistan, after all."

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Stuff yourself with street food in Lahore, Pakistan.

"Stands selling sizzling kebabs and frothy lassis lean against majestic Mughal-era buildings in Lahore's old city," Rijntjes said. "But unlike its Indian counterpart, Delhi, Lahore sees few tourists. Visitors are guaranteed to a warm welcome from the hospitable Punjabi population."

Observe the wildlife in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.

"Most people think of Nepal and head straight to the Himalayas, but the country is so much more than this," said Lloyd and Yaya. "Head to the very southern border with India and explore the unspoilt beauty of Chitwan National Park. You'll find tigers [and] rhinos amongst many other endangered species that call this region home."

Wade through the Amazon Rainforest.

Wade through the Amazon Rainforest.
Try Lemon Ants straight from the tree trunks.
Avery Stolte

Passion Passport study abroad correspondent Avery Stolte said: "I was only an insignificant speck in the vast rainforst around me. And yet, never before have I been part of something so significant."

Experience the warm hospitality of Muscat's locals in Oman.

Experience the warm hospitality of Muscat's locals in Oman.
Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman.
Flickr/Andrew Moore

"As you walk the streets, you can't help but notice the diversity of its residents," said Dan Clarke, another community member at Passion Passport. "With an ever-growing international community, the food, stores, and clothing shift from street to street. It feels safe and welcoming for a capital city. The smiles appear friendly, not forced."

Visit the steaming mountain geysers of Kamchatka, Russia.

Visit the steaming mountain geysers of Kamchatka, Russia. Shutterstock/Vera KL82

Moscow-based photographer Murad Osmann is famous for his "Follow Me To" series on Instagram. He told Business Insider: "Kamchatka is a place where volcanoes sleep side by side with the vast Pacific Ocean. Go to Khalaktyrsky Beach to try your hand at surfing, rent a boat in Avacha Bay and sail to Cape Kekurny to look at the rockery of sea lions. Also be sure to hike to the famous volcanoes of Kamchatka."

Tour the "true face" of Xingping, China.

Tour the
Li River at sunrise, Xingping, China.
Nataly Osmann

"We revisited China recently — we barely slept because we wanted to see the most unique hidden places and catch the best light which appears at sunrise," Osmann said. "Some days we didn't have any mobile or network connection. However, we had a great tour guide, who helped us to see the 'true face' of the country."

Be transported back in time by Cuba's capital — Havana.

"The things you see with your eyes are completely different from what you see through the lens of the camera — thus Havana must be experienced to be understood, or even believed," Osmann said. "But national dances, narrow streets and retro cars, when experienced in the flesh, make this city feel like a magical myth transported from the 60s or 70s."

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Dance around the evening bonfires in Lijiang, China.

"Lijiang is a quaint town which rests in the shadow of huge snow-capped mountains," McDermott said. "Take a stroll along the cobblestone streets before stopping in Sakura Kim for a drink. Don't miss the bonfires and dancing that take place in the center of town at dusk, and make sure you arrange a hike up Jade Dragon Snow Mountain before you leave."

Sail to Pulau Lapang, Indonesia.

Sail to Pulau Lapang, Indonesia. Shutterstock/Dmitry Polonskiy

Stuart McDonald, Co-Founder of Australian company Travelfish, told Business Insider: "I hired a boat in Baranusa for the two hour trip out to the uninhabited island of Pulau Lapang. Within minutes of dropping over the edge into the fast-flowing crystal waters, I'd seen an Eagle Ray, turtle, and a fast school of tuna all above a healthy, vibrant coral reef. There probably wasn't another snorkeller within 30km of me."

Take a dip in the clear waters in Sumba, Indonesia.

Take a dip in the clear waters in Sumba, Indonesia.
Mandorak beach, West Sumba, Indonesia
Shutterstock/leolintang

"Forgotten, lost and/or ignored, Sumba's rich and varied ancient culture and stunning landscapes will have you wondering why you've never heard of it," McDonald said. "Don't make the mistake of assuming it is all just fancy-pants digs and beaches — there is far more to it."

Navigate the sunken pathways of Shwe Ba Taung's sandstone labyrinth in Myanmar.

Navigate the sunken pathways of Shwe Ba Taung's sandstone labyrinth in Myanmar. Shutterstock/anton_ivanov

"While Bagan gets all the attention, just a half day of travel away lies Shwe Ba Taung," McDonald said. "It was originally a flat sandstone outcrop, but deep, narrow pathways have been hacked out of the rock by hand. Some have taken to calling it Burma's Petra, but we think it is more of a Burmese take on Ethiopia's Lalibela."

ake part a hot air balloon safari over a nature reserve in Tanzania.

Travel blogger JohnnyJet, who was recently named ones of Forbes' Top 10 Travel Influencers for 2017, told Business Insider: "You have to get up super early to be there for sunrise but it's well worth it. Within the first five minutes, we saw elephants, zebras, hippos, impalas, hyenas, and two lionesses with a fresh kill."

Take a Robinson Crusoe-esque excursion to Tapuaetai in the Cook Islands.

"Tour operators take turns serving a fun and delicious lunch and then invite you to explore the small inhabited island," JohnnyJet said. "They even set up a post office to sell you postcards and stamps and will offer to put a huge barefoot stamp in your passport (I'm not sure that's legal for an island, not a nation, to do so I passed)."

Stay in a designer cabin in Comporta, Portugal.

Pauline Egge, journalist, photographer, and owner of the travel blog Petite Passport, told Business Insider: "You're staying at old fishermen's huts transformed by one of the best architects from Lisbon into a designer place to stay. It's in the middle of nowhere and you look out onto the nature and lots and lots of birds."

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