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

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 prioritise 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 β€” 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 β€” along with why everyone should experience each trip.

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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.

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."

Chill out in Levi, Finland.

Chill out in Levi, Finland.
The Ice Hotel, Finland.
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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.

Try the nightlife scene in Accra, Ghana. Shutterstock/anton_ivanov

"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."

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."

Reach Norway's peaks, stopping off at Gjendesheim cabin.

Reach Norway's peaks, stopping off at Gjendesheim cabin. Alex Roddie

"The Jotunheimen National Park contains Norway's highest glaciated peaks," Roddie said. "On the edge of this wilderness, the DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) cabin of Gjendesheim makes a comfortable base from which to explore the mountains or kayak along the magnificent Lake Gjende."

Backpack through Lairig Ghru's sub-arctic plateau in Scotland.

Backpack through Lairig Ghru's sub-arctic plateau in Scotland. Alex Roddie

"The Cairngorms form one of Britain's highest and most remote mountain areas β€” a haven for rare plants and animals and a Mecca for mountain-lovers, Roddie said. "A classic multi-day walk links Braemar with Aviemore through this glen, and is a must-do for all Scottish backpackers."