Start 2023 with renewed spring in your step, pack the suitcases and head out to explore some of the world’s far-flung places. Whether you’re looking to use those vacation days, relax during the holidays, or just prevent your airline rewards miles from expiring, travelling to the most interesting and relaxing places is something everyone should do occasionally to recharge their soul. But that all-important question inevitably arises – Where do I go in 2023?
This list of some of the best travel destinations of 2023 will give you some ideas of where to take your next trip.
Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Grab your travel backpack, it’s time to head to Vietnam. Situated off the southern coast of Vietnam in the Kiên Giang Province, the tiny island of Phu Quoc is the tropical paradise you’ve been seeking and easily qualifies as one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. With its white-sand beaches and palm tree shorelines, it’s easy to see why it leads the top travel destinations 2023 list.
Unlike most small islands with limited activities (unless that’s your thing), Phu Quoc has quite a bit to do if you’re up for it. The mountainous inner part of the island is home to the Phú Quốc National Park which features dense tropical jungle habitat and abundant hiking and sightseeing opportunities.
Inspiring landscapes, wilderness, and jaw-dropping fjords are just a small portion of Norway’s natural beauty. This sustainability leader is also busy introducing the world to new cultural icons with its brand new museum dedicated to Edvard Munch, and beautifully refurbished National Museum, the largest art museum in the Nordic countries.
Experience all that is alluring about the Arabian peninsula in the progressive Gulf destination of Oman. Wild, open deserts, vast mountain ranges, a shimmering coastline, and vibrant cities make it a prime destination for those looking to experience a country with a strong cultural heritage.
The south of India experiences its best weather from December to February, which makes January a great time to visit. It’s cool and dry with temperatures that are still warm enough to make use of the gorgeous beaches in Kerala. In this part of India, you can also cruise the tropical backwaters and immerse yourself in the local culture with colourful Kathakali performances and, of course, delicious cuisine.
Bali has always been a top travel destination due to its beauty, but even so, there are still hidden gems away from the main tourist spots that offer seclusion with a peaceful atmosphere. One such place is the island of Nusa Lembongan, which is located off the southeast coast of Bali in the Nusa Penida district.
Accessible by boat only, the island has a feel to it like few in South East Asia. Here, you won’t have to worry about crossing busy roads since there isn’t any traffic, and you won’t be harassed while at the beach by people constantly trying to sell you things. Chill with your sunglasses and swimsuit on the beach and relax in peace. What more could you ask for in 2023?
Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye in Scotland is a hiker’s paradise and ranks high on the top travel destinations 2023 list. The picturesque and rugged landscape has a beauty that is all it’s own. From medieval castles to quiet fishing villages, the Isle of Skye is the perfect laid-back vacation spot.
The town of Portree is the hub of the island, which is a network of coastlines, peninsulas, mountains, and grassy swales. The island has a rich history that can be seen at the many museums and two medieval castles that you can tour.
If you’re into hiking or walking, camping, bird-watching, or just remote areas, the Isle of Skye is the place to get away and get off the beaten track.
Torres del Paine, Chile
Torres del Paine is a National Park in Chile located in the Patagonian Region. It’s approximately 700 square miles of mountains, glaciers, and grasslands which are referred to as golden pampas. Three unique granite outcroppings called the Cuernos del Paine, tower over the skyline.
With over 250,000 visitors every year, Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most-visited sites in all of Chile. The park features rare flora and fauna, such as the Guanaco (a species of lama), and Darwin’s slipper (a rare mountain-growing plant that looks like an orange penguin).
The park is a popular hiking destination and offers many walking trails and sightseeing opportunities. The longest trail is an 8-9 day trek around the park.
If you’ve been wanting to knock Base camp off your bucket list, May 2023 is a damn good time to do it. The June rains haven’t hit the Himalayas yet, and the skies are usually duck-egg blue, with no mist in sight (when you trek a thousand feet for good views, it’s nice to be able to see them when you get there.) The trails from Namche to Base camp will be pretty busy during this month, so give the Annapurna Circuit some serious consideration (Chitwan NP is also a good bet if you’re worried about potential Yetis.) May is also Buddha’s birthday month, and you’ll be hard-pressed to avoid the modal-beating, street-dancing celebrations that break out all over Nepal. If you’re after the biggest party, head to Bhaktapur or Patan.
Like any country that can lay claim to bits of the Sahara, Morocco is a place where summer can actually be too hot. The camels won’t struggle, but you might. May is considered one of the best times to visit, with an average temperature of around 21°C. It’s the month when spring meltwater runs off the High Atlas, the rivers come alive, and flowers and festivals take over the country.
The Festival of the Roses at Kelaa-des-Mgouna, a desert town that’s home to the country’s famous rose water industry. Over 700 tonnes of petals will be harvested from the valleys during this time, and locals celebrate with traditional dancing, singing and eating. If rose water’s your thing, there’s no better place to be.
Compiled by Shafiya Nawzer