We all have one; whether it's big or small, there aren't many of us without a bucket list of once-in-a-lifetime adventures and places to visit should we get the chance. For some, travelling the globe to experience such things may seem out of our reach and our bucket list remains a daydream.

However, the travel experts at Expedia.co.uk has teamed up with well-known travel and lifestyle bloggers to identify the top ten affordable bucket list experiences that will enhance your holiday.

From nature watching on Madeira Island to Great White Cage diving, there are endless options for all traveller types to sample, whether you're an adrenaline junkie or a safe sightseer.

Latest figures from the travel website show how booking your flight and hotel together can save you an average of £139. Suddenly your bucket list aspirations feel a little more within your reach.

To inspire 'experience seekers' to get the most out of their holidays Expedia has launched My139 campaign to discover the best travel experiences people have found for £139 or less. Anyone putting forward theirs using #My139 could win £500.

1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian Cooking Class - £53 pp

Taste some of the most locally beloved Brazilian dishes and discover why so many food connoisseurs flock to Rio during a 4-hour traditional cooking class. Learn how to serve delicious Brazilian food with master chefs walking you through each step of the way - no experience necessary. The master chef guides you from start to finish, describing how to pick the freshest ingredients and the best practices for prepping your dishes. Don't forget to write down all the ingredients and instructions along the way so you can impress your family and friends back home.

2. Phuket, Thailand

Elephant Trekking Adventure - £36 pp

Enjoy the exciting experience of riding on the back of an adult elephant and getting up close to amazing baby elephants during this interactive excursion. Begin a 45-minute trek on the back of a well-trained elephant as an experienced mahout (elephant driver) guides you through the natural settings. As you ride, learn about these majestic animals, local wildlife and captivating fauna and flora. Marvel at spectacular views over Chalong Bay and spot the beautiful Phi Phi Islands in the distance. Afterwards, encounter baby elephants in their enclosure and touch and feed them sugar cane, peanuts or bananas (at own expense).

3. Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Afternoon Tour - £35 pp

To explore some of the most celebrated shrines and temples in the historic city of Kyoto is a dream many of us have. A knowledgeable guide leads this afternoon tour to several of Kyoto's hallowed locations and along age-old streets for a unique shopping opportunity. To wander around the brightly coloured temples with vermilion pillars, green roof and enchanting inner gardens is an experience you definitely don't want to miss out on.

4. Dublin, Ireland

Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour - £55 pp

With so much to do in this vibrant city, many forget how close all the hustle and bustle is to the breath-taking Giant's Causeway. Escape Dublin for a day and embark on the scenic road to the mysterious rock formation on the northern coast. Allow your guide to explain not only the geological facts, but also the theories and legends that surround this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pause for some free time over lunch in the fresh sea air and appreciate the coastal vistas. The Budget Traveller headed to Long Haul Victorian Pub for an authentic taste of Guinness, took a stroll through Trinity College, soaked up two hundred years of Irish history at the Kilmainham Gaol and settled in for a night of poetry all for under £139. Take inspiration from his trip!

5. Madeira Island, Portugal

Bird, Dolphin & Whale-Watching Tour - £35 pp

Explore the waters off the coast of Madeira Island to witness majestic sea birds, dolphins and whales. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of fin or sperm whales, snap pictures of the playful dolphins, or sit back and admire the sea birds off the island's rocky coast. The ideal location of Madeira, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, offers a perfect place for cetaceans that visit the island all year round. Look out for bird activity above the water, which is a tell-tale sign of the presence of whales and dolphins.

6. Napa Valley, California USA

Wine tasting in Napa Valley- £88pp

Rolling, sun-soaked hills, swathes of verdant grapevines and all the laid-back elegance of Northern California await you in world-famous Napa Valley. On this full-day outing, relax as you're driven between 4 boutique estates for tastings and savour a delectable meal among the vines. The Londoner recently took her best pal to Napa Valley and they floated up to see the sunrise together in a hot air balloon for under £139.

7. Pokhara, Nepal

Small-Group Pokhara Hike Tour by Urban Adventures - £45 pp

Escape from the city scene of Pokhara for the natural splendour of the surrounding villages. This guided day hike through Naudanda - literally translating to "nine hills" - combines spectacular vistas with a trek past rolling fields, rustic villages and epic mountains. Greet your local guide in the city, board your awaiting vehicle and head for the hills of Naudanda. Drive by sprawling rice fields, see farmers crouched among brilliant blades of grass and marvel at the imposing snow-capped Himalayas - home to the planet's highest peaks and a mere 18 miles (30 km) away.

8. Montego Bay, Jamaica

Croydon Plantation Tour - £54

Visit a picturesque working Jamaican plantation, sample its tropical fruits in season, and enjoy a delicious Jamaican buffet in a cool and relaxing atmosphere in the lush, green mountains of St. James. Drive along a winding trail through the island's lush interior and up to the plantation while enjoying breath-taking views of the foothills of the Catadupa Mountains. The guides lead you across the award-winning, carefully manicured grounds and will thoroughly explain the plantation's history and the crops grown on site, peppering the commentary with good humour.

9. Cape Town, South Africa

Great white shark cage dive - £102 pp

Jump in the water and get up close and personal with one of Mother Nature's most formidable beasts - the Great White Shark. With expert instruction and from the security of a cage, safely swim just feet away from an intimidating predator in one of the world's top-rated shark dive sites. Fun For Louis dived to new depths by completing his advanced scuba diving course in South Africa for under £139.

10. Paris, France

Semi-Private Tour: Mona Lisa & Best of the Louvre - £54pp

Skip the lines and slice through the crowds straight to the masterpieces. In a brief, but in-depth 90 minutes, marvel at the Mona Lisa and other hand-selected must-sees while learning interesting stories about each one. Afterward, amble throughthe rest of the Louvre at your leisure. This tour is the perfect way to see the best of the Louvre Museum in a short space of time. Jump the queues and avoid getting lost in the endless expansesof exhibits by following your guide directly to the masterpieces: The Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothraceand more.

11. Jet pack in California, USA

Jet Pack Flight Experience - £57pp

Shoot, swoop and dive through the air on this wet and wild jet pack excursion in California. Performing thrilling turns, soaring lifts and dramatic dips powered by two jets of water. With two different flying options, solo or tandem, this is an ideal activity for adrenaline-seeking adults and curious kids.

12. Reykjavik, Iceland

Game of Thrones Set Tour - £56pp

Follow in the footsteps of well-know characters from Games of Thrones with a knowledgeable guide. Relive tales of the Seven Kingdoms, see the famous Ice Wall and stand in awe where epic North of the Wall scenes were filmed. Admire spectacular panoramas and natural formations - and also the point where American and European tectonic plates meet.

To view and book yourself an affordable bucket list experience, visit https://www.expedia.co.uk/ today.

Elephant Trekking in Thailand

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