25 best destinations to travel in 2023
I realize that every traveler has a special place (sometimes several) in the world that is close to their heart, that they recommend over and over again, and that they consider to be one of the must-see destinations in their lifetime.
So I asked 25 frequent travelers in my immediate vicinity to play the game and tell me THE CITY OR COUNTRY TO VISIT IN YOUR LIFE. We’re going to answer the question: What are “25 best destinations to travel in 2023”?
The last few years have been particularly complicated for travel, especially since the outbreak of the coronavirus. However, this has not prevented enthusiasts from planning their vacations for this year, and some destinations clearly stand out. If you don’t yet know where to go in 2023, I have prepared a list for you. I’ve taken the time to classify the destinations according to the season to make it easier for you to plan your trips abroad.
If you lack inspiration, I strongly recommend you read this guide!
I really had fun compiling this kind of collective “giga-bucket list,” because I (re)discovered places that make you dream, each with their own personality and particularities. Needless to say, I want to go on a trip to these 25 must-see places today, don’t you?
25 must-visit travel destinations in a lifetime
Bocas del Toro is a must-see if you are traveling in 2023 in Panama. Certainly, it has charm with its sprawling beaches that are never too crowded and its turquoise waters. In fact, its beaches are home to 95% of the coral species found in the Caribbean Sea. The vibrant hotels and eateries that surround Bocas Town’s streets and coastlines are its most unique characteristic.
Memorable wildlife encounters include night time snorkeling in the bioluminescent waters. But it also includes exploring the underground lakes of Nivida Bat Cave. This is done with the help of headlamps and an experienced guide from Hello Travel Panama.
The mountainous region of Chiriquí is equally enchanting. Indeed, between its beaches and highlands, the active Volcán Barú dominates. First, check into the new 10-room boutique hotel, Finca El Oasis. Then, leave at midnight for a hike to the summit at dawn for a panoramic sunrise above the clouds.
Drink locally grown coffee that you won’t find at home, like Chiriquí’s beloved Geisha coffee. But, if a hike seems too intense, there are also off-road excursions to the top of the volcano. It’s also possible to try zip-lining through the canopy directly on the property.
While in Bocas del Toro, you will taste Caribbean flavors that will awaken your senses and your desire to explore the local cuisine. So check out this list of the island’s best restaurants and hotels and better plan your stay.
European tourists often have an exaggerated image of a country where insecurity reigns. Be reassured that Mexico is not more dangerous than any other country, and since a priori you are not involved in drug trafficking and have come rather to enjoy the natural wonders, restaurants, archaeological sites, and natural sites, no one will want to harm you… On the contrary, Mexicans are very welcoming.
Mexico, and in particular the Yucatan region, is sunny all year round, so whatever the season, you can travel to Mexico without worry. If there is a rainy season from July to October, it is not at all restrictive to visit the Yucatan.
The days remain warm and sunny, which explains why many families go to Mexico during the school vacations.
Where should you go in Mexico? The country offers an incredible diversity of landscapes and experiences. From the beaches of Yucatan to the archeological sites of Oaxaca, through the volcanoes of the center… An overview of the different regions to see in Mexico.
If you dream of a trip to Mexico that combines culture and nature, the Yucatan is the ideal region to set down your bags!
Explore the different archaeological sites. Considered the 7th wonder of the modern world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichén Itzá is surely the most emblematic. Another must-see is Uxmal, known for the excellent conservation of its architectural details. Calakmul, which is more confidential, is located in the middle of the jungle.
The cities of Yucatan have a nonchalant atmosphere. Take time to lose yourself in the colorful streets of Valladolid, in the white city of Merida, or in the charming colonial buildings of Izmal.
Want to experience life on an island? Make travel plans to the charming island of Isla Mujeres, known for its white-sand shores and turquoise waters.
The Yucatan coastline keeps its promises. On the program: relaxation in the shade of a coconut tree on immaculate white sand; diving to explore the extraordinary underwater world; and succulent restaurants on the beach. Our favorite is the one in Celestun, where you will even have the chance to observe pink flamingos.
You should include the city of Bacalar and the famous lagoon on your map while arranging your journey through the Yucatan Peninsula.
Of course, a stay in Peru will pass by the discovery of the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu and Lima, the capital, will surprise the tourists by its unusual visits and its modernity. But why go to Peru exactly? Because it is also a country of an unequaled human and cultural wealth which asks only to be discovered and appreciated by the adventurers of the XXIst century!
Why should you visit Lima, Peru? Even just for the architecture – to view the cathedral, church, and convent of San Francisco, or the stronghold of Real Felipe – and its museums, which are essential to understanding the history of the nation, it is an inescapable trip. It is also an opportunity to visit Peruvian shops and buy some local wares, particularly wool clothing like ponchos, gloves, and hats.
After Lima, most vacationers staying in Peru head for Cuzco, the center of Inca culture and the city nearest to the renowned Machu Picchu. The best mode of transportation between these two cities is by air.
After touring Cuzco and its unique neighborhoods, it is time to begin climbing the Andes in order to reach Machu Picchu, the lost metropolis of the Incas. It can be reached either by railway, which is very unique, or by a beautiful but lengthy hiking trail.
The land of smiles is a must-see destination for winter. The best time to visit Thailand is between November and February. On the spot, you will clearly have something to forget the cold with the various activities to do, the Thai gastronomy, the visit of temples and sanctuaries, as well as the escapades on the nearby islands!
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a must for lazing on the beaches. It is also an opportunity to recharge the batteries after a bleak and nearly depressive winter. So, explore the jungle, dive under the turquoise waters, enjoy the delicious beaches of Punta Cana, and take a day trip to Santo Domingo. In short, choose this country in 2023!
The Canary Islands
Whether it is Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife, or Fuerteventura, the archipelago of the Canary Islands is only a few hours’ flight away. To escape the winter, you can enjoy the many landscapes, ranging from volcanic to paradisiacal. If you want to go with your family, the Spanish archipelago is the perfect destination for a vacation in an island setting.
Considered a true paradise on earth, the Maldives have always been popular. At the same time, is it impossible to resist the turquoise lagoons, the dominant sun, the multicolored fish, and the famous bungalows on stilts? Without any hesitation, choosing the Maldives as a winter destination is an excellent choice. In terms of temperatures, the thermometer reads 30 degrees minimum!
Most tourists don’t think much about it, but Africa is a continent you should visit at least once. For example, I recommend that you visit Kenya, a culturally significant destination known for its safaris. But it’s not only that; go and discover Nairobi, the capital, as well as the Masa Mara reserve and the Amboseli park.
The French Caribbean
For a moment of escape, I recommend Guadeloupe and Martinique to enjoy a warm climate without leaving France. During your trip, you can discover different cultures, Creole traditions, and beautiful natural landscapes. Of course, take the time to taste the local cuisine to bring a little balm to your heart.
Located near China and Thailand, Vietnam remains a protected country and is preserved from mass tourism. Take advantage of the winter months to learn about a culture that is off the beaten path.Among the top activities to do, visiting Hanoi is a must, as is also visiting the city of Saigon, formerly known as Ho Chi Minh City… So, are you in?
Located in Central America, Costa Rica offers interesting temperatures during winter: on average 26 degrees between December and April. This advantage makes this country a favorite destination to enjoy the sun in the middle of winter. During your stay, discover the various natural parks, volcanic sites, the Rio Celeste waterfall, its forests and its sublime beaches.
It’s true that the overwhelmingly green color of Costa Rica is what first catches your eye when you arrive. Of course, the many different animal species that call this nation home find its lush and verdant environment to be a true paradise.
Want to unwind for a moment? Costa Rica has a variety of beaches that are all equally stunning. The Caribbean shore offers a completely different landscape, a Caribbean vibe, a mingling of Amerindian cultures, and untamed terrain. Natural basins and remote beaches can be found.
One of the most well-liked things to do in the south of Costa Rica is to visit Nauyaca Falls. You can enjoy rock climbing, horseback riding, or swim in the 1000 square meter pool in addition to admiring the breathtaking natural surroundings.
Santa Teresa is a small beach town located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.
Because of its laid-back hippie vibe and incredible surf beaches, Santa Teresa has been on many people’s radars in recent years. Without a doubt, Santa Teresa is gaining popularity over time and becoming one of the best places to visit in Costa Rica.
The smallest and busiest National Park in Costa Rica is Manuel Antonio. The cause is not really a mystery… It’s quite simple. It has stunning white-sand beaches and is encircled by a lush, lovely rainforest where it is simple to view wildlife like sloths and monkeys.
If you want to avoid the snow, I recommend you visit Iceland in the spring. It is the ideal time to discover the green landscapes, the cliffs, and above all, the return to light by leaving the winter behind! On the temperature side, they are not warmer in the summer than in the spring; you should expect an average of 10 degrees, but the setting is really exceptional.
Cities such as Split and Dubrovnik have grown in popularity among tourists in recent years. So why not visit Croatia in 2022? The season is ideal for exploring national parks, taking boat trips, and visiting cities on foot. Ideally, I advise you to organize a road trip through the Croatian regions, just for fun!
Unavoidable, Greece is a mythical destination in spring. Choosing this time of the year is a direct ticket to peace and quiet during your stay. Once there, the Greek hospitality will make you feel good, not to mention the many historical monuments, archaeological sites, relics, beaches, and, of course, the Cyclades islands like Santorini! If you want to know where to go in Greece, don’t hesitate to consult my article on this subject.
Spain is a must-see country for vacations. But I strongly recommend you visit Andalusia at the southern end of the country. It’s a region rich in culture and history, with a past that is still very much alive but can be seen through its monuments. So, consider renting a car to visit the cities of Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Cadiz, and the surrounding area to discover the local culture!
To visit historic cities such as Bologna, Venice, Florence, Rome, Venice or Siena, I highly recommend leaving during the spring. In addition to enjoying an excellent climate, you won’t be bothered by the tourist crowds. If you love mountain scenery, you want to go to the Dolomites in Italy! Now it’s up to you to enjoy good pizzas, discover the must-see monuments and enjoy the typical Italian dolce vita.
During this time of the year, the weather is really favorable in many parts of the United States. This is a great time to spend a nice vacation in the West, going to New York, Los Angeles, or Miami. However, be careful; when you go to visit sites at high altitude, you may run into snow, so be careful and organize yourself well!
Although Namibia is a perfect destination at any time of the year, it is most interesting in the spring. From April onward, temperatures start at 15 degrees, reaching 30 degrees in May and June. Overall, this is the perfect time to visit the national parks, the Namib Desert, go on safari, or explore the nature reserves.
Brazil is a vacation destination that is regularly forgotten. However, flying to this country in summer is a great advantage: it is a low-tourist season. In addition to delivering warm and pleasant temperatures, go on a road trip to visit Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, and Sao Paulo, as well as mythical places like the Amazon and the Iguazu Falls.
Summer vacations allow you to unwind, and there is no better place to do so than Bali! Without hesitation, I recommend this destination to discover the most beautiful rice fields, beaches, temples, and sanctuaries of the island. To relax, why not treat yourself to a massage session and some meditation? So, is this something that tempts you?
The island of Beauty awaits you, if only for its idyllic beaches…Corsica is one of the best destinations to visit in 2022. Corsica’s culture is really rich, as are its gastronomy and its history. Nevertheless, you should know that the island is famous for having the most beautiful creeks and natural pools in Europe. It is a considerable asset not to be neglected!
Surprising and fascinating, Norway is perfect for nature lovers. If you want to experience something out of the ordinary during the summer, this is the country for you. Although the cost of living is high, you’ll be amazed by the fjords, glaciers, and northern lights. If you have a flexible budget, this is a destination to discover, even if you travel with children!
For those who don’t want to go very far in 2022, I think that Portugal is an excellent compromise. Whether you want to visit Lisbon in three days, Porto, or the Algarve, your sun vacations will not disappoint…On the agenda: tasting local specialties; resting and relaxing on Portuguese beaches; and discovering authentic landscapes and cultures while strolling through the cities.
Malta, Gozo and Comino
Need a sunny vacation? I can recommend Malta as well as the neighboring islands of Gozo and Comino. Although Malta is not very big, it has a huge cultural and historical heritage. If you like museums and archaeological sites, you will be served. Or you can simply laze on the sand and bask in the hot sun!
The South of France
If you can’t afford to go abroad, why not stay in France and focus on the south of the country? In fact, there are many beautiful places to visit, such as the French Riviera, Provence lavender fields, Pyrenees, the Camargue, Occitania, and many other fascinating places. Plus, the temperatures are always very good in the south and even throughout the year, so why not take advantage of it?
In conclusion, consider these incredible travel destinations and choose the best ones for your next vacation. With so many unique places to visit, you are sure to find the perfect place for your dream vacation.
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