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Ten crazy travel challenges from around the world

Do you take a checklist with you when you travel? These people do, ticking off mountain peaks, places beginning with Z and even Nando’s restaurants. We bring you 10 travellers on a mission

Do you know someone who has travelled the world with a checklist? Let us know in the comments below

From swimming the Channel to cycling across the US, people have long been setting themselves self-imposed travel goals. We’ve brought together ten that fall at the more unusual end of the spectrum.

Their motivations are varied: some people wanted to beat a world record, others wanted to get to know a place or a country better … and one guy (see number seven) just simply loves peri-peri chicken.

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Stay in a monastery in Venice: no frills, no crowds and the best views

Venice’s hotels can be a rip-off, but stay with the monks at the iconic San Giorgio Maggiore and you pay what you wish, and see a side of the city that really is serenissima

Around £6,000 buys a trip for two on the Orient Express from London to Venice, a private launch and two nights at Hotel Cipriani, with the promise of “an atmosphere of calm and seclusion”. For about £5,500 less, two people can take an ordinary train to Venice (raileurope.com, fares from London start at £98.50) a vaporetto instead of a water taxi, and stay next door to the “Cip”, on a more secluded island, with equally romantic views.

Instead of braying jetsetters, you will be staying with the monks of San Giorgio Maggiore, the 16th-century monastery and church seen on so many paintings and photographs.

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