Where should I go next? There are so many places to visit around the globe, where would you recommend me to travel?
Travelling has always been my dream since I was young. I love exploring new cultures, meeting new people and experiencing new things. And now that I’m older, travelling becomes even more important to me because I want to see the world before I die.
I’ve travelled to over 30 countries and I’d say that every country has its unique charm. Some are better for families, some for couples, some for solo travellers, and some for groups. If you’re looking for somewhere to travel, then these are the top destinations according to TripAdvisor.
16 World’s Best Places to Travel in 2023
Planning new adventures as a new decade approaches is always a thrill. But planning where you want to go next year is even better. And now it’s easier than ever to find the best places to visit next year because we’ve done the work for you. We’ve put together 50 of the most exciting, beautiful, and interesting places around the globe.
You’ll find everything from remote islands to bustling cities, from historic landmarks to natural wonders – and each one offers something different. From the beaches of Greece to the mountains of Japan, from the deserts of Egypt to the jungles of South America, we’re bringing you 50 of the most incredible places to explore next year.
We know that traveling takes a lot of research and preparation, and we wanted to make sure you could focus on getting excited about your trip rather than worrying about logistics. So we’ve broken down the list into five categories:
1. Historic Destinations
2. Adventure & Wildlife
3. Foodie Paradise
4. Romantic Getaways
1. Abruzzo, Italy
The Apennine Mountains stretch across southern Italy from the Adriatic Sea to the Tyrrhenian Sea. While the region is known for its beauty, there’s much more to see beyond the mountains’ peaks and deep valleys. In fact, Abruzzo is home to some of Italy’s best-kept secrets. From the rugged coastlines of the Trabocchi Coast to the ancient ruins of Pescara del Tronto, Abruzzo offers travelers something unique every step of the way.
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2. Wales, United Kingdom
Wales is a landlocked country in Western Europe bordered by England to the south east; Scotland to the north east; Ireland to the northwest; Cornwall to the southwest; and the Atlantic Ocean to the northeast. Its capital and largest city is Cardiff.
The Welsh language is spoken natively by about half the population. English is widely understood and used throughout Wales. Welsh people are predominantly Christian, although there is a small Jewish minority.
Wales’ landscape includes mountains, hills, moors, lakes, rivers, estuaries, cliffs, valleys, heathland, moorlands, farmland, forests and grasslands. Much of the area is upland, including Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons mountain range. There are many lakes and reservoirs, such as Llyn Tegid, Lake Vyrnwy, Llyn Ffranon and Llyn y Fan Fach. The River Severn forms much of the western boundary, while the Dee Estuary separates it from Cheshire.
There are over 40 national parks covering approximately 16% of the total area of Wales. These include Barmouth Forest, Carmarthenshire Coast, Clwydian Range, Gower Peninsula, Glyndŵr’s Way, Llŷn Peninsula, Offa’s Dyke Countryside, Powysland, Pumlumon Aran, Shropshire Hills, South West Wales Mountains, Trawsfynydd Slate Caverns, Vale of Glamorgan, Wye Valley, and Ystalyfera.
The coast consists mainly of sandy beaches, headlands and promontories, with cliffs along parts of the southern coast. The highest points are Penygwrhyd (1,527 ft/465 m), Cadair Idris (1,477 ft/460 m) and Moel Hebog (1,429 ft/430 m). The lowest points are sea level at Swansea Bay and the Bristol Channel.
The climate varies greatly across the country. In the far north and west, winters are cold and wet, summers hot and dry. Further south, winters are milder and summers cooler. Rainfall increases towards the southeast, where summer rainstorms are common. Average annual rainfall ranges from around 200 mm (8 inches) in the extreme north to 600 mm (24 inches) in the southwest. Winters are generally drier than summers, except in the southwest, where winter rains are often heavy.
Welsh culture is diverse and unique, combining Celtic traditions with influences from outside Wales. Welsh literature, music, dance, architecture, cuisine and crafts reflect the nation’s history and heritage.
The Antarctic Treaty System, signed in 1959, restricts human activity in the region. But it doesn’t stop people from wanting to see the continent. In fact, there’s a growing demand for access to the frozen landmass. And now, the world’s leading cruise lines are ready to meet those demands.
In 2022, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) will host the 22nd World Congress of Cruise Tourism in Punta Arenas, Chile. This marks the second time the event will take place in South America; the inaugural congress took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2017.
New Polar Class Expedition Ships
Viking Cruises is planning to launch two new polar class expedition ships—the Viking Sky and Viking Sea—in 2022. The vessels will feature three restaurants, four bars, a spa, a gym, and a cinema. They’ll also offer spacious cabins, including suites, and each one will come with a balcony.
Aboard the Viking Sky, passengers will enjoy a glass-enclosed observation deck. There, they’ll be able to watch icebergs calve off the massive ice shelf and marvel at the beauty of the Southern Ocean. On the Viking Sea, guests will sail along the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf. Here, they’ll witness the formation of sea ice and experience the frigid climate firsthand. Both ships will also include a helicopter landing pad.
Crystal Endeavor All Suite Ship
Quark Expeditions’ new 199-passenger all-suite vessel, the Crystal Endeavour, debuts in January 2021. It features five decks, including a sun deck, a swimming pool, and a fitness center. Passengers will also find plenty of space to relax onboard the ship. Each cabin includes a king bed, a sofa sleeper, and a dining area.
The Maldives are known for their beautiful beaches and azure waters, perfect for diving and surfing. But what some people don’t know is that there are over 1,000 islands in this archipelago nation off India. And while many tourists flock to the main island of Malé, others head to smaller islands such as Hulhule Island, where the new Joali Being resort offers a transformative wellness journey. Guests can enjoy yoga classes, meditation sessions, and even learn how to make traditional Maldive dishes.
Alila Kothaifu Maldives is opening in February with 80 beach-front and overwater villas. Located on the Raa Atolls, it’s the second Alila property in the Maldives, following the success of Alila Dhigurah in 2016. This new resort boasts a stunning location on the edge of a vast lagoon, making it ideal for those looking for privacy and seclusion. Guests can choose from one-, two-, three-, four-, and five-bedroom residences, each of which come with their own infinity pool.
Emerald Faarufushi Resort and Spa is coming to the Raa Atolls in May. With 80 overwater villas, it’ll offer the best views of the surrounding ocean. Each villa comes with a private plunge pool, and guests can spend their days relaxing on the beach or exploring the nearby coral reef. There’s also a restaurant serving local cuisine, a gym, and a spa offering treatments inspired by traditional Maldivian rituals.
Along with Soneva Janai, they’ve launched Soneva Soul, an innovative spa complex combining ancient and modern techniques. Visitors can opt for a treatment inspired by their culture, such as a traditional Maldivian massage or a traditional Thai foot scrub. Or they can try something completely different, like a Swedish facial or a shiatsu massage.
In addition to the new facilities, Soneva’s latest innovation is a unique dining experience. Guests can dine on a secluded beach overlooking the sea, or in a pavilion surrounded by lush greenery. They can also take advantage of the resort’s free shuttle service, which takes guests anywhere within 20 minutes.
5. St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz, Switzerland, is known worldwide as one of the most glamorous destinations for winter vacations. In fact, it was here that Johannes Badrutt, founder of the Hotel Bristol, first introduced the concept of winter tourism in 1865. This small Alpine village continues to draw visitors today thanks to its idyllic location high above sea level.
The name “Badrutt,” incidentally, translates into “beautiful view.” And indeed, there are many beautiful views throughout St. Moritz—the Matterhorn, the Alps, Lake Lucerne, and the towering glaciers of nearby Mount Titlis. But perhaps the best way to appreciate the beauty of St. Moritz is simply to take a walk along the lakefront promenade, where guests can enjoy spectacular sunsets over the mountains.
6. Liguria, Italy
The capital city of Liguria is Genoa. The region is located in Northwestern Italy, along the Italian Riviera. Its name comes from the Latin word ligurius meaning “of the sea”. It borders France to the north-east, Piedmont to the east, Emilia Romagna to the south, Tuscany to the west, and the Tyrrhenian Sea (Mediterranean) to the north.
Genoa is the second largest city in Italy after Rome and is considered the economic center of its region. In the Middle Ages, it was called the “Republic of Free Merchants”, due to its thriving trade port. Today, Genoa is known for its luxury goods industry, including fashion and jewelry.
It is the first region of Italy to have been settled. The Etruscan civilization flourished here during the 8th century BC and the Romans conquered the area in 241 BC. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Genoa became a free commune under the Lombards. In the 11th century, Genoa gained autonomy from the Holy See and developed its own laws and institutions.
In 1299, Marco Polo visited Genoa and described it as a bustling trade hub.
Today, Genoa is the third-largest city in Italy with a population of about 658,000 people.
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7. Walt Disney World
Disney World is located in Florida, United States and was founded by Walt Disney in 1971. It is the largest theme park in North America, and it is currently home to four parks: Magic Kingdom Park; Epcot; Animal Kingdom Park; and Hollywood Studios. The three parks are spread across 843 acres (340 ha) in Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, Bay Lake, and Celebration, Florida.
The 29th largest economy in the world, Malaysia is one of Southeast Asia’s most culturally vibrant countries. From the historic city of Melaka and the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town of George Town to the lush jungle of Taman Negara National Park, it offers something for everyone.
Malaysia’s diversity reflects its history. As a melting pot of Chinese, Arab, European, Indian, and indigenous influences, the nation is home to a colorful array of cuisines, including Peranakan cuisine, Malaysian Chinese cuisine, and laksa.
In addition to its cultural offerings, Malaysia is known for its natural beauty. With some of the best diving off the coast, stunning coastal scenery, and spectacular national parks, it’s no wonder that Langkawi Island is considered one of the world’s finest destinations for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.
9. Phuket, Thailand
Phuket used to be known for its cheap hotels and long lines of people waiting to buy fake Rolexes at Khao Lak Beach. But now it’s becoming a destination for those looking for luxury.
The island’s tropical climate and white sandy beaches are still there, but the crowds have been replaced by boutique hotels, fine dining, and even a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Hide from the world in paradise at Trisara Resort & Spa Private Pool Residences, where guests can choose among three types of accommodations: one-, three-, and four-bedroom units, each with a kitchenette, living room, and private plunge pools overlooking the ocean. Guests can enjoy breakfast delivered every morning, while the hotel’s PRU restaurant serves up modern Thai cuisine in a chic setting.
Or book a stay at the newly opened V Villas Phukete, which features 19 private-pool villas, each with a fully stocked bar, a personal concierge, and a dedicated butler.
Later, party the night away at Club No. 43, where bartenders mix creative drinks like rum with grilled pineapple juice, or try something new at the Junkyard Theater, which just debuted a weekly Saturday night show that includes live music, dancing, and daredevil acts.
10. Kyushu, Japan
Kyushu may be less about two hours from Tokyo by air, but it feels like another world. This southwesternmost island is still largely undiscovered, offering those willing to venture away from the beaten track a completely different Japan than the one you’ll find in its cities and towns.
As a warm, subtropically humid island, Kyushu offers long, golden beaches, excellent snorkelling and diving, volcanic activity, and some of Japan’s finest hot springs. But it’s also home to the country’s most active volcanoes, including Mount Aso, whose frequent eruptions provide the island’s riverside villages with a constant supply of water.
Inland, the island is dotted with small medieval castles, such as Hirado Castle, which welcomes guests overnight. There are plenty of accommodation options, ranging from traditional inns to luxurious spa hotels, but nothing tops a night spent at Hirado Castle, where the interiors have been restored to their original splendour. — Evie Carrington
11. Aguada, Puerto Rico
Aguada is a small town located on the southern coast of Puerto Rico. With beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush green mountains, you won’t want to miss out on a trip here. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation or a fun adventure, there are plenty of things to do in Aguada. From hiking trails to scenic lookout points, there’s something for everyone.
Where to Stay: Guaniquilla, Carrizales, Espinosa
Perfect time to Visit: Summer, for better tides on beaches and warmer weather
What to See & Do:
Casa de Playa – This is one of the best places to stay in Aguada. Casa de Playa offers 3 different types of accommodations including cabanas, cottages, and villas. All rooms come fully furnished and include air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and daily maid service.
Lighthouse Park – A great place to hike, swim, picnic, or just relax. Lighthouse Park features many trails, a playground, and even a lighthouse. There’s also a nature trail where visitors can learn about local flora and fauna.
El Faro Beach – Located in El Faro Beach, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the ocean while sitting down to lunch at the restaurant. They serve up delicious seafood dishes like shrimp tacos, conch salad, and lobster rolls. If you’d rather eat outside, try the barbeque.
12. Mljet Island, Croatia
Mljet Island is located off the coast of central Dalmatia, Croatia. This beautiful island features gorgeous beaches, spectacular views, lush forests, and historic towns like Lumbarda. A quick boat ride from Dubrovnik makes this a great day trip destination for those looking to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet.
The island itself is home to a variety of activities including hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, sailing, horse riding, cave exploration, and even rappelling. There are plenty of accommodations ranging from hostels and guesthouses to luxury villas and hotels. If you’re planning on staying awhile, there are many apartments and houses to rent as well.
Here are our favorite things to do while visiting Mljet Island:
1. Explore the Ancient Ruins of Sveti Jakovik
Located in the heart of the island, this town dates back to the 4th century BC. Today, visitors can explore the ruins of what used to be one of the largest cities in Illyria. These ruins feature a large amphitheater, temples, a necropolis, and a theater.
2. Take a Bike Ride around the Island
If you want to see the island from above, take advantage of the rental bikes available everywhere. You’ll find everything from basic mountain bikes to electric bikes and tandems. Renting a bike allows you to travel farther distances and go where you please without having to worry about driving.
13. Costa Smeralda, Sardinia
The glitzy Italian destination is home to some of Italy’s most luxurious properties, like the five-star Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the ultra-luxurious Four Seasons Residences. But it’s also home to some of the world’s most exclusive spots, like the super-private Baglioni Resort & Spa and the Michelin-starred La Gola Bianca restaurant.
Marriott International has four hotels on the Costa del Sud, where you’ll find the glitziest of the bunch, the 4-star Hotel Cala di Volpé. This hotel features a rooftop infinity pool and a glass-enclosed sun deck, plus rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the Mediterranean Sea.
For more of a low-cost, family-friendly escape to the beach, check out the 5-star Baglioni Resort in San Teodoro, just 45 minutes away from the city center. Here, guests are treated to a range of activities and amenities, including tennis courts, horseback riding, water sports, and even a kids club.
14. Antigua, Guatemala
The colonial city of Antiguan has developed rapidly over the last few decades, becoming a popular destination for both domestic and international tourists alike. While it’s no secret to travelers, many still overlook the city because they’re unaware of what makes it unique.
From the moment you land in Guatemala City, it’ll take less than an hour to reach Antigua by car, bus or taxi. Once there, visitors can explore the historic center, enjoy some delicious food and sip drinks at local bars and cafes.
While most people come here just for the day, those looking for a little extra adventure might consider staying overnight. There are plenty of hotels to choose from, including boutique properties like El Convento Boutiques Hotel, where guests can earn World of Hyatt points for each night booked.
15. Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
Asheville, NC, is the cool New South personified. Home to over 100 microbreweries, it’s the perfect place to enjoy craft beer while taking in some live music. With a population of just under 60,000 people, Asheville is one of America’s fastest growing cities. Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, Asheville is close enough to the coast to feel like a coastal city, but far enough off the beaten path to avoid being overrun by tourists.
The climate here is great most of the time, thanks to the 2,000 foot elevation in the Blue Ridge mountains, much closer to Kentucky than to either the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf Coast. In fact, Asheville is often referred to as “the greenest city in America.” This is due to the abundance of parks and open spaces found throughout the area. There are plenty of hiking trails to explore, and there are even bike paths along many of the local rivers.
If you want to see the famous Biltmore House, home to the Vanderbilts, you’ll find it about 30 minutes outside of town. A large estate built in the late 1800s, the house contains thousands of pieces of furniture, paintings, tapestries, and other items collected by George Vanderbilt II, George Washington Vanderbilt III, and others.
Boone, NC, is located just 15 miles south of Asheville. Once a small settlement called Cross Creek Station, Boone became known as the “City of Trees,” thanks to the massive number of trees lining both sides of Main Street. Today, Boone is a bustling college town with a population of around 40,000.
Home to Appalachian State University, the main campus features several interesting buildings including the historic Mast General Store, where you can try out the original cash register used during the Civil War era. The store also serves up homemade ice cream, barbecue, and other classic snacks.
For those looking for a little history lesson, check out the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. For a taste of what early settlers ate, stop into the Mast General Store. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend trip, consider a day trip to Brevard, NC, which sits next door to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Whether you crave a quiet vacation with breathtaking scenery, a fun family outing, or a romantic getaway, we think you’ll love everything Asheville, NC has to offer.
With many international borders closed over two years, many eager American travelers’ eyes turned to Alaska. In fact, the vast state, famous for it’s towering, snow-caped peaks, pristine wilderness, and massive national parks, made for a dynamic travel destination with no passport required — just a car rental.
But as borders reopened, interest in the 49st state is showing no signs slowing down.
Alaska’s Tourism Board said early forecasts are projecting more than 1.57million cruise ship passengers could visit Southeast Alaska in summer 2022. That’s an 18% increase from 2019, the previous high mark. And while some longtime favorites like Holland America will return to full strength after a nearly nonexistent 2020 and abbreviated 2021, others will be making their debuts, including Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Corporation, Princess Cruises, and Celebrity Cruises.
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