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The Dream List: Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips

by Brook Wilkinson

Conde Nast Traveler

Scoring a cheap flight and a discounted hotel room is relatively easy these days. But a simple Web search isn't going to gain you entrée to a Masai village in Kenya, where you'll sleep in a traditional cowhide bed. Nor can it help you grab a spot atop one of the most popular floats during Brazil's Carnaval, so you can shake your booty in front of thousands. Or secure you a ticket to St. Petersburg's Hermitage Gala—perhaps the world's most exclusive social event.

For this kind of insider access, you need the wisdom, know-how, and connections of a top-tier travel agent. For its annual Dream List feature, Condé Nast Traveler asked 12 of these experts—all hand-picked and approved by the magazine—to tell about the ultimate eye-opening experiences at the destinations they specialize in. So get dreaming—and get ready to see Spain, or Japan, or Dubai like never before.

For our full list of approved and recommended travel experts, see our indispensable guide, 126 Top Travel Specialists.

Published December 2009

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