The year 2022 is coming to an end, and we are all set to welcome 2023 with new hopes and aspirations. Most of you must be rechecking the bucket list you made last year. If you have accomplished most of it, give yourself a thumbs up. And if you haven’t, don’t be disheartened, as you can fulfil them in the coming year—gear up to welcome the new year with new plans and dreams. Remember to add travelling to your list, as that is what makes you human. For all the travel enthusiasts out there, we have come up with a list of the best places to travel in 2023. These places will give you beautiful memories as you celebrate and reconnect with your loved ones here.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is popularly known as the adventure capital of the world. Its breathtaking scenery makes you want to keep coming to this beautiful place. Frequent visitors claim this place is ideal for slow pacers and adventure lovers. It has every element to race your adrenaline and offers a peaceful destination simultaneously. Moreover, they provide good wines to make you relaxed.
Queenstown is full of adventurous activities like hiking, mountaineering, etc. they will introduce you to gastronomy and take you to places like Middle Earth, which I am sure will blow your mind. Its mountain ranges and blue glaciers surrounding the city are must places where you can indulge in activities like bungee jumping, kayaking etc. So pack your bags and get ready for an out-of-the-world experience in this beautiful place.
If you are a fan of artisanal handcrafted goods, then Marrakesh in Morocco must be on your travel list. It has all types of handicrafts like pottery, tiles, hand-beaten metals, woodcrafts, glass and leather. This place also boasts some of the finest hotels in the world, where you can experience the utmost luxury in the secluded riads, private pavilions, and historical palaces. If you have a unique taste of history with the right food, Marrakesh is the ideal place. Also, visiting this place would be much worthier if you are looking for original handicrafts for your household.
Here you can explore the UNESCO Heritage site, which is full of stone battlements and Essaouira’s ancient coastal trading port. The markets of Essaouira are famous for skilled artisans and Thuya wood crafts.
Big Sky, Montana
The Big Sky in Montana is close to Yellow Stone National Park and is a great place to go skiing and hiking. Here you can experience the Wild West in its true form, especially when you visit in summer and winter. If you plan to visit this beautiful place, remember to trek to Riverhouse, where you can experience its natural beauty along with some beer and barbeque. It is a perfect place for families, outdoor explorers, nature lovers and skiers.
Alentejo is a farm region in Portugal between Algarve and Lisbon. The place holds onto its culture and is rich in olive groves and vineyards. Very few modern Portuguese families have converted their farmlands into hotels, making it easier for tourists to explore this beautiful place. If you have ever been to Napa or Tuscany, I am sure you be delighted to visit this place as it provides a similar atmosphere. Couples, foodies and families can go for a one-day picnic to their vineyards and taste their authentic wines and other mouth-smacking delicacies.
Norway’s Arctic wonderland, Svalbard, will be the last on anyone’s travel bucket list because of its inaccessibility to the outer world. The highlight of this place is its abundant wildlife, including Arctic foxes, reindeer, seals, polar bears and walruses. It is a must-visit place for all nature and adventure lovers and also for persons who believe they have seen most of the places on Earth. In addition, the area is famous for the Global Seed Vault, which protects the worldwide seed for future food supply. It is not open to the public, but its outer structure is worth watching.
If you are looking for a calmer and more Serene place in Japan, Naoshima is the right choice for you. It differs from busy cities like Tokyo and Kyoto and offers a sense of relaxation and invokes our creativity. Moreover, it gives you unique art experiences which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. This place is a favourite destination for students, couples, families with teens, artists and architects. Art lovers should never miss museums like Yellow Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, Chichu Art Museum, New Valley Art Gallery site of Tadao Ando and the Oval at Benesse House. You can also spend your whole day at Teshima Art Museum, as some rare sights are stored for you.
Paros, a Greek island, is famous among Greeks for its magnificent hills, private chapels, golden coasts, fertile valleys and artistically pictured white-washed villages. Paros perfectly balances ancient Greek tradition and modern luxury. If you are tired of visiting the overcrowded places of Greece like Santorini and Mykonos, Paros will be an ideal place for you. On your visit to this beautiful island, take advantage of Naoussa, the fishing town situated on its Northern coast. It gives you a traditional Greek touch and a contemporary lifestyle, adorned with luxury boutique hotels and delicious foods.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
The Caribbean has been hiding its beautiful island Virgin Gorda from the rest of the world for quite some time. The island is indeed a sight to watch, with its clear, calm waters and first-class snorkelling. You can explore the island by boat, but now many resorts are coming up along its coasts, making it a wonderful stay experience. It is an ideal destination for families, couples, beach bums and snorkellers. Its major attraction is the Baths, huge boulders in the pristine turquoise water.
Perth, Western Australia
Since Perth in Western Australia is remote, only a few international travellers are aware of this beautiful location. It offers a soothing and relaxing vibe as its life is mainly centred around water. The Swan River and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean surround it. The place is famous for surfing, sailing, Victorian architecture, mouth-smacking food and wine. If you have a peculiar wine taste and have been to vineyards before, I am sure you won’t be disheartened after visiting this place. The place is rich in al fresco restaurants which serve the best in town wines and foods. It is a must-visit place for adventure lovers and surfers.
You will be delighted on a ferry day trip to its Rottnest Island, as it is rich in more than 60 white sand beaches and is picture-perfect for Instagram celebrities and other travel bloggers.
If you are looking for a quick getaway from your fast-moving world, Provence in France is the right choice. It has every essence to blow your heart, including the bucolic valleys, timeless pursuits and delicious foods. You can spend your sunny days exploring its century-old wineries, idyllic farms, and artistic villages. You can go for candlelight dinners at this beautiful place during the night. It is an ideal place for foodies, families and solo travellers. On your visit to this land, check out their 18th-century farmhouse, Le Mas des Poireres which is situated on the banks of the Rhone river near the medieval city of Avignon.
If you are fond of visiting ancient sites and resting in one of the finest beach resorts, Antalya in Turkiye must definitely be on your travel bucket list. This place costs you much less compared to the Greek islands and is a great way to explore the Mediterranean region of Turkiye, which is also known as the Turkish Riviera or Turquoise Coast. It is a must-visit place for those looking for pleasant weather and is more suited for families, friends and singles. Antalya is rich in ancient sites and ruins and is famous for The Harbour, Yivli Minare, Perge Hadrian’s Gate, Kaleici and Duden waterfalls.
Lecce, the hidden gem of Italy, is for anyone who loves to be in the classics. It is located on the southern side of the Puglia region and is often defined as the shadow of Italy’s tourist destinations. By taking a troll on the evening Passeggiata, travellers can experience the traditional Italian lifestyle as locals roam around before going for dinners at their respective houses. It is a perfect place for solo travellers, families, couples and foodies. After relishing the well-known pasta and pizza, try their local Lecce Puglia cuisine, also known as La Cucina Povera. And if you are fascinated by their cooking styles, you can enrol in their cooking classes and learn some authentic Lecce dishes.
Menorca in Spain also carries the title of the little brother of Majorca. It is a quieter place and attracts fewer tourists. Still, it has a vast coastline extending up to 216 kilometres and is home to almost 75 unexplored beaches. On your visit to these soothing places, you will be amused to find its hidden swimming coves, named calas, which you can reach only by boat. Since most of its beaches are uncrowded and easygoing, it is a suitable travel destination for families. It offers plenty of adventurous activities for its visitors, including windsurfing, skiing, kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, and exploring the island’s shipwrecks. It is home to the second-largest natural harbour in the world, Port Mahon.
This place also offers some of the finest wines in the world, along with extraordinary gastronomy; you can consider your travel to this place as a wine-tasting tour at one of its magnificent wineries.
Lausanne’s medieval city lies on Lake Geneva’s banks, which was preoccupied with Romans. It has a fascinating history and boasts of its old town, which offers a magical view of the Alps and its timeless natural beauty. This place is ideal for travel enthusiasts and historical persons. Remember to go hiking in the Sauvebelin tower to enjoy the spectacular view of the Alps, the city and the lake.
Megeve is one of the favourite winter destinations of tourists worldwide. But still, it is a non-fancy destination for many and hence attracts those who are least interested in glitz and flash. After spending your day on the slopes, you can hop on to the Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy bars to sip hot chocolate under heat lamps. It is the favourite destination of golfers, skiers, shopaholics, spa lovers and foodies. While visiting this place, remember to check out the Calvary Trail, where you can see 15 chapels lined up with the mark of the stations of the cross.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap in Cambodia is famous for Angkor Wat and Angkorian temples. But its visitors claim many more beautiful places to explore in Siem Reap. Modern travellers will find this place very comfortable as it has hip hotels, backpacker party pads, unlimited wining and dining options, spas, shopping facilities, local tours and cultural festivals, and the traditional Cambodian circus. It is a must-visit place for Historians, nature lovers and xenophiles. You can explore this place as a couple or in a group as a family of friends. You can also visit the Phnom National Park, Angkor Wat, and Kampong Phluk, the floating village.
With three islands of the Mediterranean, this tiny Malta displays the culture and history of the land. You will be spellbound by its ferry ride on the gorgeous Blue Lagoon and exploring the Blue Grotto. It is an ideal destination for those who have a taste in culture and history, foodies, and those who enjoy a hot climate. Its main attractions are the three UNESCO World Heritage sites, which include the Megalithic Temples of Malta, the capital city of Valletta and Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.
Shimla holds the title of Queen of the hills and is the favourite destination of travellers during summer. In summer, the place is loaded with lush greenery; in winter, you can enjoy its snowclad mountains. It still follows the former British colonial culture and architecture. It is an ideal place for those who love exploring different architecture and hikers who can enjoy its spicy and earthy scents while moving through the pine forests. People enjoy relaxing here as it offers a soothing atmosphere, far away from the hustle and bustle of cities. Try visiting the opulent estate at the Wildflower hall on your visit to this beautiful land.
Lake Louise, Canada
Lake Louise in Canada is open to tourists all around the year. Located in Banff National Park, this place is suitable for hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, and fishing. In winter, visitors usually prefer skiing, skating and tubing. Lake Louise offers picture-perfect scenery with the background of a hanging glacier and Mount Victoria. Couples and families interested in outdoor activities will surely enjoy visiting this place. While hiking to the Plain of Six Glaciers, you will be amazed by its breathtaking view. The Tea House at its top offers hot chocolate and snacks, which you can enjoy while admiring the Glaciers’ scenic beauty.
Colca Canyon, Peru
It is a remote river in southern Peru that offers visitors all sorts of adventurous sports. Here you will also have the chance to hike among the terraced villages which predate the Incas. This place is suitable for adventure lovers and culture seekers. Here you will also get to see giant Andean Condors, one of the world’s largest birds with an average 10 feet wingspan.
Situated right at the downhills of the Andes, Colombia’s Pereira is famous for its coffee farmlands and cultural landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Andes while sipping on your specially brewed Colombian coffee. However, this place offers much more than coffee farmlands. It also has botanical gardens and natural parks, leaving a scenic trail to its visitors’ hearts. Its coffee farms grow arabica beans which are exported worldwide.
After hosting the 2022 world cup, Doha, Qatar, has got on the list of the most visited places this year. It also beholds the title of the golden capital of the Middle east. The city is still in the state of construction and strictly holds to its ancient culture and tradition but is also ready to welcome the new changes. Its Qatar National Museum is built in the shape of a desert rose, which tells the story of Qatar’s rich culture and heritage. It is a must-visit place for architectural lovers as they will be stunned by its futuristic skyline and spectacular museums.
On your visit to Doha, you can enjoy the sunsets on the Doha Corniche, Souk Waquif’s Golden Thumb, the Katara Cultural Village, I.M Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art, and the trendy Mshereib art/design district. Also, remember to munch on their machboos and Karak chai.
Paso Robles, California
Paso Robles in California has everything a travel enthusiast wants throughout his journey. Its cowboy charm, oak-dotted hills and majestic vineyards have the power to enchant you for quite a long time. Moreover, it offers world-class dining options, art galleries, and unlimited lodging choices. Here you can choose your stay according to your budget, as it has historic inns, rustic vineyards and luxury resorts. It best suits wine lovers and multigenerational families as it offers a perfect weekend getaway. Its top vineyards are Sidecar Vineyard Tour, Tobin James Cellars, Kiler Ridge Olive Farm, Sculpterra Winery, and Franklin Hot Springs.