No matter what you want to do in 2019, our travel bucket list has something to match the needs of the adventurous, the sporty, the outgoing or those just in need of some serious R&R.

Are you ready for the experience of a lifetime?

Luke Hopewell

We've selected a wide variety of experiences from regions all over the world.

You'll discover adventures for those who want to keep it cool or feel the heat. Action for the sporty and inspiration the laid-back.

We've also sought to identify adventures or destinations that are sustainable and eco-friendly, because what's the point exploring our amazing world if people can't follow after you?

We know we can never please everyone with our selections, but we wanted to cover as many bases as we could. And pack a few surprises.

With that said, let's dive in. Happy travels!

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Image: Virgin Galactic and NASA.

For centuries, ordinary folk like you and I have stared at the night sky, wondering when and how we can get up there. In 2019 you can get closer to the stars than ever.

Given that commercial space travel is still a cutting-edge industry, there are a surprising number of companies offering you the ability to touch the stars (for a price).

2

Flowing lava at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii volcanoes national park, USA (Shutterstock).

You spend your whole life on Earth. Why not try and look into its depths before you kick the bucket?

3

Sunrise on Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas (Shutterstock).

In our fast-food, always-on culture where everything comes to us on demand, we can struggle to find experiences with true depth that touch our souls. That's what's so magical about discovering the ruins of old: the ancient world can't come to you. You have to invest the time and energy into discovering its unique spirituality for yourself!

4

Holi festival colour explosion (Shutterstock).

Want to step up your party game for 2019? We've got just the thing. Forget your typical booze-fuelled music festivals: these experiences are second to none and guarantee an incredible time.

5

Glowing marine plankton at Bangsaen, Chonburi, Thailand (Shutterstock).

You've seen the photos. These picture perfect shots of night swimming where your friends are bathing in what looks like an other-worldly neon glow. That's called bioluminescence, courtesy of tiny plankton. And you can experience it, too.

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Image: NASA and Shutterstock.

The ultimate bucket list brag is to say you've seen something few have ever witnessed before. Surely that means a total solar eclipse, an event that happens once every 100 years or so and is only visible within a 100km radius on Earth, is one of the best bucket list brags of all time?

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Image: Shutterstock

It's all well and good to barrack for your favourite side on the couch, but if you really want to tick a big item off your 2019 bucket list, why not go on an adventure and watch the action live?

8

Kayaking in Antarctica (Shutterstock).

Unlike most other travel destinations, Antarctica is a land of extremes. It's extremely cold, extremely well-protected and extremely difficult to just rock up and look around. You need to meticulously plan your adventure for this one.

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Image: Shutterstock

Africa plays host to some of the greatest wilderness in the world. Rich in animal and plant life, the often untouched splendour of the continent has to be seen to be believed.

10

Manta Resort Underwater Room, Pemba Island, Tanzania.

Sleeping with the fishes doesn't mean what it used to. In 2019, it means taking a trip to where the water is glassy clear and staying in a luxurious underwater suite. Here's how to check this one off your bucket list.

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