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Those of us who love to travel and explore the world seem to have a built-in travel checklist that we mentally tick off as we visit the famous places on it: the Mona Lisa at the Louvre – tick! The Colusseum – tick! Here’s my choice of 50 Essential Destinations to try and squeeze in during your lifetime, some of which you may have already ticked off, and others you may not have thought of. By Ros Layton.

Drink champagne by Ayers Rock at sunset.

Spend a week in New York City.

Ski at a European or North American alpine resort.

Drive along the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Take a luxury cruise.

Stay in a French chateau, preferably one with a vineyard attached.

Snorkel or scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef.

See Holland during tulip time.

Go to the top level of the Eiffel Tower in the lift.

Do a trek in the Himalayas or the Andes.

Catch a peak-hour train in Tokyo.

Visit at least one Disneyland.

Stand on London’s Westminster Bridge at night for the best view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

Walk a long a cliff-top on the ruggedly romantic Cornish coast.

Survive a ride in a tuk-tuk through the streets of Bangkok.

Visit the Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas.

Go on safari in Africa.

See the sights of Rome (without having your pocket “picked”).

Enjoy a concert of Mozart’s works in Vienna.

Visit a red-light district in a major city. Paris, Amsterdam and Hamburg and Bangkok are particularly eye-opening.

Ride a bike in Copenhagen.

Visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Spot someone famous in LA.

Take a long walk in the Scottish Highlands.

Chill out in Antarctica.

Check out the view from The Peaks in Hong Kong.

Lie under a cherry blossom tree in Japan.

Visit at least one perfectly idyllic island, perhaps the Maldives, Seychelles or Bora Bora.

Go topless on the French or Italian Riviera.

See the Kremlin in Moscow.

Take a photo of the crowds taking photos of the Mona Lisa in The Louvre, Paris.

Stay on a kibbutz in Israel.

Visit Rio during Carneval.

Experience at least one train journey of three days duration, or more.

Check out the waves in Hawaii when Pipeline’s pumping.

See the mosques of Istanbul.

Fly over the North Pole.

Go to a casino and nightclub in Monte Carlo.

Travel to at least one Greek Island.

Shop in a Moroccan bazaar.

Stand at the border between Canada and the
United States at Niagara Falls or at the border between Brazil and Argentina at Iguazu Falls.

Visit the Taj Mahal in India.

Experience springtime in Paris.

Go white water rafting in Nepal.

Visit at least one of the world’s deserts.

See the Parthenon in Athens.

Sail a yacht in the Caribbean.

‘Float’ in the Dead Sea.

Rent a villa in Tuscany.

Join the Mile High Club (if anyone has done this, or knows anyone who’s actually ‘joined’, let us know!)

So how many have you done?