Better yet, take one FREE by winning the contest outlined below.

Last week, Matador announced a contest held in partnership with Adventure Center, an operator who runs tours in incredible places all over the world. Brazil, Tanzania, Jordan, New Zealand, Nepal, Costa Rica, Senegal, Colombia, Thailand, Croatia…the list is too long — check out their full catalog for yourself.

And while you do, take notes on what your favorite itineraries are. Once you’ve narrowed down the list to 3 dream trips, you’re ready to enter. Select your trio, fill in your info, and you’re good to go. One lucky traveler will win one of the tours from their top 3. You have until November 28 to get your name in, and the drawing will be held December 2.

Sadly, Matador staffers aren’t eligible, but we couldn’t help browsing these trips. Below are 17 of our favorites, illustrated with photos of what you might see if you win. What do you think of our picks? What are your “trips of a lifetime”? Tell us in the comments.

* For eligibility guidelines, see the contest rules.


Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro

Iguazu Falls are one of the sights you'll see on this 11-day trip that also includes a train ride aboard the Serra Verde Express which "winds its way down from the mountains and through pristine rainforests to the Atlantic coast."
Photo: timsnell


Land of Belize

Belize City, Tikal ruins, jungle in San Ignacio, and beaches of Caye Caulker are some of the highlights of this 7-day tour.
Photo: CarlosVanVegas


Road to Petra

Travel in 7 days from Cairo to Amman on the Road to Petra tour. Highlight: Cross the Red Sea by hydrofoil.
Photo: paalia


Highlights of Italy

The 7-day trip covers a lot of ground, including Venice, Florence, and the five seaside villages of Cinque Terre.
Photo: rayced


Okavango Experience

This 8-day tour starts in South Africa before heading north to check out the wildlife of Botswana, including a tour through the Okavango Delta.
Photo: Jean-Louis Vandevivère


Sabah Adventure

12 days of exploration on the island of Borneo, the Sabah Adventure trip includes a climb of the 13,435ft Mount Kinabalu.
Photo: HK.Colin


Turkey Adventure

Balloon over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia on this 9-day tour.
Photo: Glenn R Carter


Classic Brazil

This 7-day itinerary starts in Rio de Janerio and takes in the beautiful Pantanal wetlands.
Photo: timsnell


Costa Rica Express

Over 8 days you will travel "through San Jose's colonial streets, La Fortuna's emerald green countryside, Monteverde's lush cloud forests and Manuel Antonio's turquoise seas."
Photo: Wha'ppen


South Island Adventure

This 9-day adventure on New Zealand's South Island will take you on a guided hike of Franz Josef Glacier, among other activities.
Photo: eliduke


Highlights of Sri Lanka

Spend 12 days touring the Highlights of Sri Lanka, like the elephant sanctuary at Pinnawela.
Photo: ronsaunders47


South Morocco Discovery

"Enjoy a camel expedition across the Sahara at dusk and spend the night under the stars" on this 9-day trip out of Marrakech.
Photo: bachmont


Everest Express

Start in Kathmandu and trek towards Everest with this 7-day itinerary.
Photo: mckaysavage


The Ghan Adventure

Some of the highlights over the 8 days in Australia's "Red Center" include: bush hikes, 4x4 treks across desert, and crocodiles in Kakadu.
Photo: zoomion


Waterfalls & Wildlife

The 11-day Waterfalls & Wildlife tour hits South Africa and Zimbabwe, where you'll see Victoria Falls, the largest in the world.
Photo: Obliot


Explore Mexico & Guatemala

9 days will take you from the beach resort city of Cancun "through the Central American highland to the cobblestone streets of colonial Antigua."
Photo: Ted Van Pelt


Hiking Yosemite & Canyons

Visit some of America's most iconic landscapes on this 11-day tour. Highlights include: Yosemite's Half Dome, Death Valley, and the Grand Canyon.
Photo: Bo47

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