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Many of us have been forced to rethink travel plans in the wake of COVID-19, but if you're soothing your canceled-vacation-blues by daydreaming about future adventures, Lonely Planet's new "Ultimate Travel List" might be just what you need.

Lonely Planet has just released the second edition of its popular "Ultimate Travel List" coffee table book, which ranks the world's top 500 unmissable travel experiences.

The new list, collated by Lonely Planet's team of experts, spotlights must-see and must-do experiences, from spotting wildlife on the Galapagos Islands to admiring the spectacular Iguazú Falls waterfall that spans Argentina and Brazil, to wandering the geothermal landscapes of Yellowstone National Park.

The team scoured past Lonely Planet guidebooks and also reviewed each destination's commitment to sustainability.

"The options to travel are clearly limited right now, but the list is aimed at inspiring to 2021 and beyond when travel starts recovering," Tom Hall, Lonely Planet's vice president of experience, tells CNN Travel.

"This is intended to be something that really drives people's bucket list, not just for now, but for the future."

Read on for Lonely Planet's top 10, and to see which destination grabbed the top spot.

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The atmospheric surrounds of Angkor, a cluster of beautiful crumbling temples surrounded by jungle, comes in at number eight on Lonely Planet's list. Cambodia's top tourist attraction, this vast UNESCO World Heritage Site is a remarkable place to visit.

Bob Gruen is a pre-eminent roll ‘n’ roll photographer who has captured images of icons such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner. In his latest book, “Right Place, Right Time: The Life of a Rock & Roll Photographer” (Abrams Press, $32.50), Gruen shares his stories and photos. Though he has traveled worldwide, he still remembers his first big solo trip. “My mom sent me to a school in Switzerland the summer I was 15,” said Gruen, who was born and raised in New York. “I traveled alone through Dublin and Paris and Geneva to get there. It was amazing. I loved traveling and eating new foods. I met students from other countries and learned about their cultures.”

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