Whether it's the thrill of bathing in the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls or the chance to savour a cup of tea brewed at its Malaysian source that appeals more, there are incredible experiences out there to suit every type of traveller.
From encountering penguins in the Antarctic, to spotting tigers in India, from discovering Patagonia's otherworldly landscapes, to boarding the Hogwart's Express from the Harry Potter films, the experts at Lonely Planet Traveller have revealed the world's best 100 travel experiences in their latest issue.
As such, MailOnline Travel has selected 10 of the 100 highlights featured in Lonely Planet's April supplement, which celebrates its 100th issue.
Steppe, forest, Andean desert and shrubland are all found here, but the grandest sight of all is that of the peaks of Cuernos del Paine towering over the icy blue Lake Pehoé.
Torres del Paine ranks among South America’s most accessible parks, with clearly marked trails. Day walks offer a taste of the magic, but there are richer rewards for those who strap on their hiking boots for longer explorations.
Refugios, or trekkers’ huts, placed at five-hour trail intervals, mean that days end in a hot meal, warm shower and comfy bed.
In its heyday, between the 11th and the 13th centuries, Bagan at the heart of modern Myanmar was a rich and cosmopolitan place which had links with Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and China. Its wealth was invested in its religious buildings.
Only a fraction of the original city remains, but in their age and scale, the ruins are reminiscent of the Angkorean temples of Cambodia.
The temples are dotted across a plain, and visitors gravitate towards any lofty viewing spots towards sunset – the odd hillock, or a balcony on one of the temples – for a grand overview of Bagan. Dreamiest of all is to take to the skies in a hot-air balloon and glide over the ancient city.
The West Highland Line is the most beautiful railway route in Britain. It runs from Glasgow to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, before the final wild stretch to the west-coast port of Mallaig.
While the mountainous 122-mile Glasgow–Fort William leg is covered by modern trains (including the Caledonian Sleeper from London), the final 42 miles is courtesy of The Jacobite – a steam-hauled service that has doubled as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.
Crossing the majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct (pictured), there’s a glimpse of Loch Shiel, before the train climbs through forests of ash, carpeted in a tartan of bluebells and bracken. Trailing clouds of steam, The Jacobite clatters through this mythical landscape, breathing hard.
It is a fantasy straight out of a James Bond film: taking the hairpin bends of the road that runs along Italy’s Amalfi Coast in a classic convertible car.
There are many rides for rent in Sorrento – from dinky Fiat 500s to Jaguars, Ferraris and bright red Alfa Romeo Spiders.
The cars hug the hot tarmac as they round the sharp corners. Above, craggy rock faces veer up to the sky; below, they plummet to the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea.
Purring along at a moderate speed is the best way to take in the memorable views – and, of course, not to mess up one’s hair.