Travel enthusiasts, get your passports ready! The experts have spoken and have compiled a list of the 23 best places to travel around the world in 2023. From exotic beaches to bustling cities, this guide will take you on a journey to some of the most breathtaking destinations on the planet. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or culture, there’s something for everyone on this list. So fasten your seatbelts and get ready to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to some of the world’s most incredible destinations.
As the world continues to emerge from the pandemic, travel is back in full swing with a pent-up demand for all those vacations that were put on hold. With 31% of travelers intending to spend more on international travel this year, the cost of travel is on the rise, and airlines are encountering record demand. To help travelers plan their next trip, we have compiled a list of the best international places to travel in 2023. We have reached out to women travel experts and influencers to help us in this task.
Best Places to Travel in 2023: Europe
The Balearic island of Mallorca is known for its wide beaches, but it shines more brightly inland, where new arrivals are rediscovering the work of newly-starred chefs like Santi Taura who makes every dish, including the ceramics, by hand nightly at his tiny DINS restaurant. Other attractions include strolling the cobbled streets of Valldemossa in the interior, the expansive winery of José Ferrer in Binissalem, and the challenging bike trails that are best enjoyed in spring and fall when temperatures are deliciously cool.
Rather than staying in the hubbub of Palma, where most of the half-million residents reside, visitors should make Castell Son Claret their home base. Originally built as a 19th-century castle, the 43-room pile sits on 326 acres and is populated mostly by sheep. The new garden suites deliver transporting floor-to-ceiling views of the UNESCO-protected Tramuntana mountain range, while the design is a nod to the glamour of the 1960s jet set, reimagined by Spanish design firm Decagano and Juncosa. Its restaurant, Sa Clastra, is run by native son Jordí Canto, who (word has it) has been tapped to receive his own Michelin star.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye became famous as the place that Bonnie Prince Charlie escaped to after the Battle of Culloden, thanks to local hero Flora Macdonald. Part of the Inner Hebrides, Skye is now a place to escape the pace of modern life and take a breath. This year sees the opening of The Bracken Hide Hotel, a one-of-a-kind pod hotel and Nordic sauna retreat with a wild swimming pond on the outskirts of the diminutive capital, Portree.
If you prefer something altogether more old-school, head to Kinloch Lodge. Opened by Lord and Lady Macdonald in 1972 and previously their family home, it’s now run by their daughter Isabella Macdonald, who is related to the aforementioned Flora. Along with head chef Jordan Webb, Isabella has brought the hotel’s ethos back to one of seasonality and sustainability with ingredients home-grown in Kinloch’s polytunnels or foraged from the loch shore and forests. Guests can learn these skills from the hotel’s ghillie, Mitchell Partridge, or head out with local wildlife expert Stewart Dawber of Skye High Wildlife to spot deer, otters, and Golden Eagles.
Noto Valley, Sicily
The Sicilian town of Taormina will be jam-packed with ‘The White Lotus’ fans this summer, thanks to its appearance in the popular HBO series. Another town in Sicily worth exploring is the Noto Valley, which produces excellent wines and boasts some of the most beautiful late Baroque towns in Italy. The valley’s Vendicari Nature Reserve is a peaceful spot for birdwatching, beach lovers, and hikers.
Best Places to Travel in 2023: Asia
Bali is a paradise with its pristine beaches, lush jungles, and unique culture. The island is famous for its beautiful landscapes and luxurious resorts. For a unique experience, visitors should stay at a villa or hotel that offers stunning views of the ocean or lush jungles.
While in Bali, visitors should not miss out on the chance to hike to Mount Batur, explore the rice terraces, or visit the ancient temples.
Oman has emerged as a popular destination for travelers interested in a mix of culture, history, and beautiful landscapes. The country is home to some of the best beaches in the world, and the clear blue water is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Visitors can also explore the stunning mountains, vast deserts, and ancient cities. The capital, Muscat, is a great place to start your journey with its fabulous museums and beautiful mosques.
Best Places to Travel in 2023: Africa
Botswana is known for its stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife. Visitors can go on a safari through the Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest inland delta systems, and home to thousands of wild animals.
The delta area is also an excellent place to see hippos, crocodiles, and exotic birds. Visitors can stay at a luxury lodge and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the African wilderness.
South Africa has everything a traveler might want, from stunning beaches and rugged mountains to vibrant cities and breathtaking landscapes. Visitors can go on a safari in Kruger National Park, or explore the vibrant city of Cape Town.
The country is also known for its excellent wines, and visitors should take a tour of the vineyards in the Cape Winelands region.
As travel returns to normal after the pandemic, there are many exciting destinations to add to your bucket list. These places offer unique experiences and beautiful landscapes, and visitors can learn about different cultures and histories. With international travel demand soaring, it is important to book early and make sure you don’t miss out on these fantastic destinations.