2023 is a new year, filled with new opportunities to explore this amazing planet! Whether you’re craving a group trip with like-minded travelers to expand your network, or want to plan a private trip with those closest to you, there are incredible destinations waiting for you. But which destination is best for you? Everyone has different travel styles, needs and budgets, and if you’re trying to decide where to travel in 2023, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up the best destinations for 2023!
- Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is the epitome of Italian luxury. With its terraced gardens, iconic domed churches and elaborate villas it’s incredibly picturesque. The Amalfi Coast has even been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. When visiting this beautiful part of Italy make sure to go to Positano and Capri to see their beautiful beaches. And why not take an Italian cooking class while you’re at it? Don’t forget to sample some Limoncello, as it originated here. The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is May or September.
Budget: $2500 – $4890
Santorini is one of the most recognizable islands in Greece, with its turquoise waters, volcanic beaches and white painted buildings with blue domed roofs. But that’s not all that makes this destination special. There is no shortage of adventure, from snorkeling in a volcano or hot spring, sailing, horseback riding on the beach, and wine tasting at Santorini’s best vineyards, you will find an activity that fits you. The best time to visit Santorini is from late March to June, and September to October.
Budget: $2400 – $4950
Peru – the home of Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountains and Colca Canyon. If you haven’t yet been to Peru, add it to your 2023 list! A trip to Peru offers the ultimate bucket-list experience. One day you can be riding ATVs around Maras and Moray and the next exploring the markets of Cusco. You can explore Incan history, pet llamas and enjoy authentic Peruvian cuisine. The best time to visit Peru is between May and October.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world. The home of Bossa Nova beats, Carnival and samba dancing, a trip to Rio is guaranteed to be filled with fun. When you’re not enjoying the city and nightlife you can head to one of Rio’s gorgeous beaches like Copacabana or Prainha. Don’t leave without getting a picture of Christ the Redeemer, and sampling Brazilian petiscos and caipirinhas. The best time to visit Rio is between December and March.
Budget: $1650 – $3580
Japan is known for its diverse cultural and religious history, complete with Buddhist temples, modern street fashion and progressive technology. But Japan also features incredible natural landscapes, like Mt. Fuji and Mt. Kita, caves, gorges and waterfalls. When visiting Japan, take part in a sushi and gyoza making class, visit Tokyo and Osaka, and try on a kimono if you have the opportunity. The best time to visit Japan is during spring and autumn.
Book a group tour to visit Japan during cherry blossom season.
Bali is the most visited of all the islands of Indonesia, and the same trend will likely continue into 2023. Why? Because Bali truly has something for everybody. Visit temples, bathe elephants, party at beach clubs, enjoy Balinese spas, visit Ubud and the Monkey Forest and explore the endless rice terraces. The best time to go to Bali is during May, June and September.
Budget: $1680 – $2750
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is famous for its stunning beaches, relaxing vibe and vibrant nightlife. The city features Portuguese architecture interwoven with cultural monuments like the Big Buddha and Wat Chalong Temple, among many others. When you’re in Phuket don’t miss the chance to visit an elephant sanctuary, or Bangla road for the best nightlife and island hopping around the Maya bay and Phi Phi Islands . The best time of year to visit Phuket is between November and February.
Budget: $1900 – $2450
Vietnam has become a popular travel destination thanks to its floating markets, thousands of islands, beaches and, of course, delicious pho. Explore the bustling cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, cruise along the Ha Long Bay, visit caves by bamboo boats and walk across the Golden Bridge, which is held up by a pair of giant hands. The best time to visit Vietnam is from December to April.
Budget: $1650 – $2500
Singapore is a city-state full of architectural masterpieces, whose airport is world-renowned for housing the tallest indoor waterfall, the HSBC Vortex. While this is impossible to miss when you fly into the airport, you should also make sure you visit some of the other man-made wonders including the waterfall in the Jurong Bird Park and Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay. Singapore has an incredible art, culinary and nightlife scene, so be sure to include some time to explore in your itinerary. The best time to visit Singapore is between December and June, although it is a year-round destination.
Book a spot on a group trip to Singpore and Malaysia.
A trip to Kenya should definitely be on your list of where to travel in 2023. This magical country is the original birth place of safari, and you’ll tick a lot of your bucket-list here. Watch the Great Migration of wildebeests and zebras, explore the city of Nairobi, see the sunset over Serengeti National Park and experience an African safari to try to spot the big 5! The best time to visit Kenya is from July to September.
Budget: $3550 – $4850
Last but certainly not least, is Tanzania’s island nation of Zanzibar. This archipelago is known for its tropical waters, white sand beaches, and rich coral reef that is great for snorkeling and diving. On a trip to this East African island you can visit Prison Island, feed giant tortoises, enjoy fresh seafood, go horseback riding, and maybe even catch a full moon party at Kendwa rocks. The best time to visit Zanzibar is between July to September.
Budget: $3050 – $3950
If you’re trying to decide where to travel in 2023, these 11 destinations should definitely be at the top of your list. Whether you want to experience an african safari, or party it up in Rio, there’s somewhere waiting for you that ticks all your boxes!