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10 Great Travel Expeditions for Your World Travel Bucket List

Local hand made crafts Amazon River Peru

If your primary travel goal is to fully explore a place, its people, and the local culture, you may want to consider expedition travel.

The main point of this form of travel is to seek out the je ne sais quoi that makes each destination unique.

It’s all about tasting the traditional food, hearing the music, learning about the history, and seeing the forest beyond the trees. 

Travel expeditions offer a greater sense of who we are, but that comes from a deeper understanding of who others are.

Read on for our in-depth guide to 10 of the best expedition trips in the world, including expedition adventures on six of the seven continents and tips on the best tours. 

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Responsible Travel: Local hand made crafts Amazon River Peru photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett


  1. Amazon
  2. Antarctica
  3. Australia’s Outback
  4. East African Safaris
  5. Ancient Egypt
  6. Galapagos Islands
  7. Himalayas
  8. Machu Picchu & the Inca Trail
  9. Patagonia
  10. Polynesian Islands

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Travel Expeditions -Two Hoatzins in the Peruvian Amazon
Two Hoatzins in the Peruvian Amazon by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

1. The Amazon

In terms of the world’s truly wild places, there are few, if any, that compare to the Amazon. The world’s largest river is tops on many a traveler’s bucket list, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best places for an in-depth expedition.

Its murky waters are filled with mysterious creatures, both dangerous and enchanting. Its gargantuan forest– the biggest tropical rainforest on the planet– is impossibly dense, with diverse species of trees and a vast array of wildlife.

The indigenous people living along its shores (known as Ribereños) and beneath its canopy are arguably among the least swayed by modern conveniences.

The Amazon isn’t accessible by car (in fact, it doesn’t have a single bridge across it), but it can be explored by boat. Small ship cruises take groups on incredible expeditions into the far reaches of the massive river system.

There are so many reasons to visit the Amazon. Travelers can see pink river dolphins, scarlet macaws, and howler monkeys. They can visit wetland reserves, fish for piranha, swim in the river, and visit local villages.

The Amazon River accounts for 20% of the world’s fresh water, flows over 4,000 miles, and is surrounded by over one billion acres of forest. That’s a lot to explore!

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