Twenty of the world's top athletes and explorers share their wildest dream trips—a dazzling list of never attempted feats daunting to even these world-class competitors. For the rest of us, consider their must-do adventures—and start planning. —Kate Siber

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Photo: Layne Beachley surfs in Maui Hawaii
Surfer Layne Beachley competes in Maui, Hawaii.

Photograph by Kirstin Scholtz, ASP/Getty Images

Layne Beachley


One might think that seven-time world champion surfer Layne Beachley would be happy to sit on her laurels and rest at home. Nope. “There are so many places I haven't been but would love to go,” she says. “I think my greatest surf trip would involve a five-star luxury liner, cruising around the world for a year determined by the currents, winds, and swell.”

On her list of to-dos are some tried-and-true surf meccas like Indonesia, Tahiti, Hawaii, and Mexico, but also some lesser known spots like Italy and France, where the quality of the waves is just as important as the joie de vivre. For effervescent, famously positive Beachley, perhaps the beauty of surfing lies simply in the abundance of sun, good food, good people, and waves—no matter where or how big. “I want to surf every corner of the globe,” she says.

Next: See Layne Beachley's Must-Do Trip: Surf the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

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Athlete Bio

Photo: Layne Beachley portrait
Layne Beachley


Legendary surfer Layne Beachley made history by winning an unprecedented seven world surfing titles. Since retiring, she founded the Aim for the Stars Foundation, which offers grants to women and girls pursuing their dreams.