In need of some inspiration for where to go for your gap year? Travel experts at Wanderlust magazine have compiled their Top 100 Travel Experiences, featuring meeting the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, snorkelling with manta rays in Bora Bora and jaguar spotting in Brazil, to name just three.
The list was drawn up with the help of Wanderlust readers and is available in their August/September edition and online.
Lyn Hughes, editor in chief at Wanderlust, said: “One element that came up again and again was wildlife encounters – with four out of the top five experiences being wildlife related... those memories are everlasting.”
The top five experiences were cruising the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; meeting mountain gorillas, Rwanda/Uganda; arriving in Timbuktu, Mali; learning about the lemurs, Madagascar and snorkelling with manta rays in Bora Bora, Polynesia.
“The Top 100 makes for a brilliant traveller’s ticklist,” said Ms Hughes. “I’ve been fortunate to experience 51 out of this 100 and in September I’ll nudge up to 52 when I visit the temples of Bagan in Burma.”