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5 Places You Need to See in Your Lifetime

To some, traveling the world can sound a bit daunting; where do you even start? Between the costs involved to the time it takes to plan a well-thought-out excursion, there are more than a few obstacles that can stand in the way of your bucket list. Fortunately, Business Insider tapped some of the world’s top travel experts to get an idea of what’s worth your time and money. Below, read up on the destinations everyone should visit in their lifetime, straightfrom some of the most well-traveled people in the world:

Pretend you’re on a desert island on Motu Tiapaa in Maupiti

“This islet in the South Pacific archipelago is as close to a desert island as you’re going to get,” said Dowley, digital editor of Suitcase Magazine. “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.”

Go stargazing in Tuvalu

“This Polynesian island nation is one of the smallest countries in the world,” said James Asquith, who currently holds the world record for being the youngest person to visit every country in the world. “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 drags their mattresses out to the runway and sleeps in the open as a cool nightly breeze runs across the flat land here.”

Visit the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

“Lonely Planet Named Angkor Wat the number one site in the world to visit,” said Daniel Houghton, CEO of the travel media company. “Catching a sunrise over the temples overrun with tree roots is a sight that every traveler should have top of their bucket list.”

Build an igloo at Kamakura Festival in Yokote, Japan

“Arrive in Yokote at the right time each year to find igloos popping up on the streets like mushrooms in the dark,” suggests travel writer and journalist Abi King. “Over 260 miles from Tokyo, the whole village joins in this nighttime festival, and children hand out hot sake to everyone.”

Scuba dive in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

“Situated in the protected Bazaruto National Park, the Bazaruto Archipelago is one of the best places I’ve ever been scuba diving, and it is one of the more memorable and naturally beautiful places I’ve traveled,” said Kiersten Rich, owner of travel blogand Instagram account The Blonde Abroad.

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