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September 29, 2011 06:33 ET

Don't Die an Idiot Abroad! Cheap Holidays Expert, Thomas Cook, Reveals Their Bucket List

The all inclusive holidays specialists get down to the nitty gritty

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2011) - In celebration of the second series of Sky 1's An Idiot Abroad, The Bucket List, starting on 23rd September, Thomas Cook - famed for their all inclusive holidays - has put together its top 10 things to do before you die.

Whether it's that once in a lifetime climb of Mount Kilimanjaro or spending Christmas on a beach in the Caribbean, Thomas Cook can help you on the way to achieving your own bucket list.

1. Attend at least one major sporting event

There's nothing quite like the feeling of being at a live sporting event, and the biggest on earth is coming to home soil in 2012. Guarantee your tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Games with a Thomas Cook Games break, and you will be able to say 'I was there'.

Thomas Cook Games Break – 2 Events, 1 Night Table Tennis and Basketball Break from £189 per person

Staying at the 3 star Travelodge London Park Royal, package includes Women's Table Tennis and Women Basketball, category D tickets - 4th August 2012

0844 800 2012,

2. Drink Beer at Oktoberfest

Top of the list for most beer lovers is the world famous Oktoberfest in Munich, and its closer than you think. Don't miss this year's event taking place between 17th September to 3rd October 2011. – Return flight to Munich from £219 per person

Flying Economy with Swiss Airways - departs 25th September

3. See the Northern Lights

Visit Lapland the home of Santa Claus and experience all the Arctic Circle has to offer. It's said that this year is one of the best years to see the Northern Lights so if you're lucky you may get to see nature's biggest light show.

Thomas Cook - 3 nights in Lapland from £716 per person

Staying at the 4 star Levi Panorama in Levi on bed and breakfast, Manchester – 5th December 2011. Call 0844 412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places.

4. Visit the Grand Canyon

As one of the nature wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a popular choice for those looking for a once in a lifetime experience. Visit Las Vegas at the same time and experience America's biggest adult playground, that's got to be on your wish list somewhere!

Airtours - 7 nights in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon from £1,206 per person

Staying at the 3 star Imperial Palace on The Strip in Las Vegas on room only, Manchester - 2nd November 2011. Price includes seven nights accommodation at £967 per person and a Chariots of Fire Helicopter Flight through the Grand Canyon and taking in aerial views of the Hoover Dam, Leake Mead, Iceberg Canyon and The Strip.

Call 0844 879 8200 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

5. Spend Christmas on the beach drinking Pina Coladas

Ever dreamed of spending Christmas soaking up the sun on a Caribbean island? Unsurprisingly at some point in your life, the stress of Christmas, families and holiday TV is too much to bare and it's time to tick this one of your bucket list once and for all.

Thomas Cook - 14 nights in Cuba from £988 per person --Christmas in the Caribbean--

Staying at the 3 star Sol Rio De Luna in Guardavalaca on all inclusive, Gatwick -12th December 2011

0844 412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

6. Spend New Year in New York

Watching Times Square's New Year disco ball drop at the stroke of midnight on the 31st December is a must see. Don't miss ice skating in Central park or the Rockefeller Centre's iconic Christmas Tree, for a chance to cross a few more things off your list.

5 nights in New York from £958 person

Staying at the 3 star Doubletree New York Wall Street on room only, flying direct with Delta Airlines from London Heathrow - 29th December 2011

To book: Visit or call 0871 703 8000

7. Sleep under the Stars

There's nothing quite like the feeling of being in the wilderness with nothing but the wildlife to keep you company. Sleep under the stars in a luxury tent in Kenya and achieve one of yours life's ambitions, it's better than watching David Attenborough.

Thomas Cook - 7 nights Kenya Safari from £1,147 per person

Staying at the 5 star Diani Reef Beach Resort in Diani, South Mombassa Coast on half board with a 2 night Kenya Explorer Safari, Gatwick - 24th October 2011, 0844 412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

8. See a Solar Eclipse in 2012

Coming very close to the top of most bucket lists is to witness a total solar eclipse, and if you happen to find yourself in Cairns, Australia on the 13th November 2012 you will be one of the lucky few to see it. Make sure you book well in advance as you won't be the only one trying to cross this one off your list.

Thomas Cook Signature – 7 nights in Cairns from £255 per person (Accommodation only)

Staying at the 4 star Meridian at Port Douglas in Port Douglas on room only – based on stays during November 2012

Flight prices not available until November 2011

0844 879 8014, or visit your nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

9. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Want a real challenge? It may seem out of reach, but arranging to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is far simpler than you think. Book an expedition with Elegant Resorts and then concentrate on the hard part… the climb!

Elegant Resorts (01244 897 100) – 12 day 360° Kilimanjaro Expedition from £4,295 per person. Price includes 360° Leader (the same guide Cheryl Cole and Chris Moyle's had for their climb) and local mountain guides, accommodation, meals, park fees, group climbing and cooking gear, and local transportation. Price does not include flights.

10. Travel into Space

Out of most peoples reach at the moment, but in ten years time, space travel could be achievable for everyone, even on a budget. So don't scrap this one off your list just yet, it just might take a little longer to achieve.

For those with deeper pockets contact Elegant Resorts (01244 897 003) for more information on Virgin Galactic space travel.

About Thomas Cook UK & Ireland:

Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is the second largest leisure travel group in the UK with around 19,000 employees. The company has a network of more than 800 high street stores, leading websites, and some of the world's favourite travel brands providing all inclusive holidays and cheap holidays.

Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is part of Thomas Cook Group plc. For more information please visit the Thomas Cook website.

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