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.
A walk through Torres del Paine National Park brings one surreal landscape after another: a shock of turquoise lake floats beneath an emerald forest; chiselled rock towers soar nearly 2,000 metres out of the barren steppe.
Just 50 years ago, only sheep enjoyed these privileged views. Today, the former estancia (ranch) is Chile’s premier national park.
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.
In tropical Malaysia, the Cameron Highlands are synonymous with three things: cooler temperatures, pastoral beauty and tea.
These hills got their name during the British colonial period, and much of the architecture still looks like a corner of Surrey transported more than 6,000 miles. The focus then, as now, was on the tea plantations.
Spread out over 1,200 acres of gently rolling hills filled with waist-high tea plants, the Boh plantation is Malaysia’s most prolific producer of black tea.
The hills stretch as far as the eye can see, punctuated only by gentle streams, water-wheels and the occasional building, including a mock Tudor mansion. In another, more modern space, visitors come to enjoy high tea with a view over the hills, and to watch the tea-pickers whose labour makes it all possible.
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.
Switzerland’s Aletsch Glacier is the biggest in the Alps at 14 miles in length.
Most visitors take in the view from above the car-free mountain villages of Bettmeralp and Riederalp without setting foot on this mighty river of ice, which moves about 30cm a day on average, and whose tongue is made from snow that fell 800 years ago.
It’s a rarer and still more awe-inducing experience to put crampons on your boots, rope yourself to a mountain guide and scale the glacier edge – the height of a two-storey house – to explore it’s strange and ever-changing surface.
Here, streams of meltwater snake across the ice, and plunge into potholes with an echo from the frozen depths.