Your budget travel bucket list: 10 holidays of a lifetime from £469

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Trips like seeing the Northern Lights or visiting the Taj Mahal are notoriously pricey, but working your way through your travel bucket list doesn't have to cost the earth.

While a journey through India or a Norwegian adventure can easily set you back thousands of pounds, we've found the holidays of a lifetime that don't require remortgaging your home.

Dream escapes, such as riding an iconic train through the Swiss Alps or taking the ultimate cruise to the Caribbean, can be relatively affordable if you know where to look - and that's where our budget travel bucket list comes in.

From seeing the Scottish Highlands on one of the world's best trains to exploring a Greek island in the company of a real-life Durrell, a once-in-a-lifetime trip you can actually afford has never been so easy to plan.

Whether you're after travel bucket list ideas for cruisers or solos, you'll want to work your way through our travel bucket list.

Ride the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps – from £995 for five days

Winter holidays don't get more magical than a journey through snow-covered forests, over atmospheric bridges and past dramatic peaks on the iconic, red Glacier Express. Known as the slowest express train in the world, this is the rail trip to take in all the magical surroundings as you get cosy on board.

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While it's a travel bucket list experience you can have any time of year, winter is the most beautiful time of year to ride the world-famous train. It travels from Zermatt to St Moritz over eight hours and some of the highlights include the arches of the Landwasser Viaduct and the jagged scenes of the Rhine Gorge. You can experience the Glacier Express in Prima's exclusive five-day Swiss adventure in February 2020 or 2021.

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See the impressive tulips of Keukenhof with Adam Frost – from £649 for five days

We couldn't bring you the ultimate travel bucket list for budget holidaymakers without including the Netherlands' glorious tulips in spring. Every year for just a few weeks in spring, the world's largest flower garden, Keukenhof, opens and mesmerises visitors with its colourful displays of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more.

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Seven million bulbs are planted for the garden's opening each year and a visit here allows you to appreciate 'rivers' of flowers, pretty blooms against windmills and an array of events. The best way to experience Keukenhof is on a mini-cruise to Amsterdam with Gardeners' World presenter Adam Frost, where you can also take in the city and visit some of the Netherlands' hidden gems. Try our exclusive five-day spring cruise built with Prima readers in mind.

BOOK NOW Five-day Netherlands cruise during tulip season

Visit Corfu with a real-life Durrell – from £963 for six days

It's one thing exploring the beautiful Greek island of Corfu on a summer beach holiday but for a holiday of a lifetime, TV fans can delve into the history of the Durrell family and tour locations from hit ITV show The Durrells with Lee Durrell, the wife of the late Gerald.

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As well as sharing family stories with you, Lee will accompany you on visits to the favourite spots of the real Durrells. Around Corfu, you'll go beyond the beaches, visiting Mouse Island, Lake Antiniotissa and the ancient deserted village of Old Perithia. You'll even get a taste for another country, taking a short trip to Albania, where the amazing archeological site of Butrint awaits.

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See the Northern Lights with Carol Kirkwood – from £1,751 for 12 days

The Northern Lights are on every adventurer's travel bucket list but it can be hard to know whether you'll see a magnificent display months in advance. One way to ensure you don't miss out on witnessing the natural phenomenon during a holiday of a lifetime is with our unique cruise to Norway with BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood. It comes with a Northern Lights guarantee so if you don't see them the first time round, you get another cruise for free!

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Travelling around the beautiful coast of Norway, you'll have a dozen opportunities to look out for those incredible green lights in the sky as you visit the likes of Tromso, the North Cape, the Lofoten Islands and Bergen. There'll be other adventures along the way too, such as husky sledding and taking part in a traditional Viking feast. Plus, you'll have time to get to know Carol and ask her all about her career.

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Hop to Jersey on a solo island escape - from £469 for five days

Solo holidays are one of the most rewarding ways to travel these days, with as many as one in four Brits doing it. Whether you've travelled alone before or are considering trying it for the first time, Jersey is the solo destination to tick off your travel bucket list. Just a short distance from the UK but offering a different climate and wonderful culture that is influenced by both France and Britain, this Channel Island offers an idyllic island escape.

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From its picturesque bays to the laidback lifestyle, dreamy harbours and amazing seafood, you'll love getting to know Jersey. You can do so on a trip for single travellers, where you'll join like-minded Prima readers for a few days before having the freedom to explore at your own pace or with the new friends you make along the way.

BOOK NOW Five-day solo adventure in Jersey

Take the ultimate cruise to the Caribbean – from £1,349 for 11 days

The Caribbean is a classic cruise destination and offers the best holiday at sea, where you can sail through turquoise waters, walk along powder-soft beaches and immerse yourself in a wealth of cultures. On an 11-day full-board cruise to the region, you can take in the Mayan ruins of Mexico and meet the stingrays and turtles of Grand Cayman.

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Because, these days, the best cruises give you more time to explore a destination, our exclusive offer will also give you three days to explore Miami. During your time in the lively city, you can check out the colourful lifeguard towers on the beach, the Cuban culture of Calle Ocho and the art deco architecture of Ocean Drive. There's plenty of art, shopping, gardens and lively culture to get to know.

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Sleep in the world's most unusual hotel – from £1,188 for four days

Sweden's Icehotel is the stuff of dreams. It's made entirely out of ice and offers a winter break you could never imagine, with its ice beds covered in reindeer hides and the Icebar serving up cool cocktails. Located in Swedish Lapland, it's also in the perfect setting to experience icy adventures.

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Whether you fancy snowshoeing, snowmobiling or dog sledding, there's plenty to keep you entertained when you're not chilling out (get it?) in your Ice Room. It's in a fantastic place for you to look up and search for the Northern Lights too, so you can expect an all-round holiday of a lifetime and to tick a few winter experiences off your travel bucket list.

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Explore the magic of Venice with Alex Polizzi – from £1,159 for five days

Venice should be on every romantic's travel bucket list, but we're not just talking a quick weekend jaunt. Make it a trip to remember by spending a whole five days exploring the Venetian Lagoon with Italian TV presenter and The Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi. Taking in the most beautiful sites, like Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace, you'll also go beyond the usual tourist spots.

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Travelling on a boutique cruise ship, you'll get to see the colourful islands of Burano and Murano, plus the authentic fishing town of Chioggia. There'll be plenty of time to get to know Alex and hear her travel tips too. Your floating hotel also features an open bar, a sun deck to take in the amazing views and enjoy morning exercise classes, plus large windows for you to see the beauty of Venice from your cabin.

BOOK NOW Five-day boutique cruise to Venice with Alex Polizzi

Take a tour of India on a women-only adventure – from £950 for 14 days

One for your exotic travel bucket list, India offers an array of sights and sounds. The Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur and the tigers of the Ranthambore National Park are must-sees, while some of the local and rewarding experiences include learning how to wear a sari, watching a traditional Kalbelia dance performance in the desert and feasting on authentic Indian cuisine.

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During a once-in-a-lifetime female-only trip, you'll really get to know India as you visit Delhi by rickshaw, dance under the stars in the Thar Desert, eat home-cooked food as well as local delicacies like lassi and dal baati, and go on an unforgettable safari to spot majestic Bengal tigers.

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Glide through the Scottish Highlands on one of the world's greatest train rides – from £795 for four days

You don't have to travel far to experience one of the best rail experiences on the planet. Head for the Scottish Highlands and you can tick the incredible Jacobite off your travel bucket list as you glide through superb scenery just like Harry Potter and his friends in the films.

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Taking you across the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct, the train ride offers the the steam-powered break of a lifetime. While you're exploring the wild scenery of Scotland, you'll want to enjoy the views of the Cairngorms from the Strathspey Railway, check out the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle, as well as visit the village of Baxters.

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