Top 10 Places to Travel in 2023

Update: The Best Places to Travel with Kids in 2024 is now available.

Travel can be a great way to escape the stresses of daily life and recharge your batteries. Whether it’s a beach vacay or a cultural trip, ditching your routine can help you relax and regenerate. Travel in 2023 will depend on a variety of factors including personal interests, budget, and current travel restrictions. When looking for interesting places to travel in 2023, you might find somewhere you haven’t considered on the list below.

Here are my Top 10 Places to Travel in 2023 (click on city links for more in-depth posts on each country):

Reykjavik – Iceland

Iceland is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, and other unique geological formations. The country is filled with breathtaking natural beauty and is very easy to get around. The friendly and welcoming natives make Iceland a must-visit for adventure and nature travelers.

Tokyo – Japan

tokyo fish market - top places to travel in 2023

Tokyo is filled with rich cultural heritage, offering a wide-range of traditional experiences, from temples and shrines to tea ceremonies and traditional festivals. As the 2023 Summer Olympics are taking place in Tokyo, Japan is expected to be a hot place to travel in 2023 for sports fans and those seeking a cultural destination.

Sydney – Australia

Sydney Australia Opera House bridge is one of the top places to travel in 2023

Sydney is one of my favorite cities in the whole world, and is a top place to visit in 2023 because of its iconic landmarks, scenic beauty, cultural diversity, delicious cuisine, outdoor activities, and lively nightlife. The diverse landscapes throughout the county, from the tropical Great Barrier Reef and rainforest of Cairns, to the rugged Outback, make Australia a magical destination to visit.

Tavarua Island -Fiji

cloudbreak surf Tavarua Island resort FIji

Tavarua Island is a small, private heart-shaped island located in the Pacific Ocean and is known as one of the best surfing destinations in the world, with its long, consistent waves and year-round surf. Tavarua Island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and many surf breaks, making it a top place to travel in 2023. This natural beauty, combined with the island’s rich cultural history and lush tropical vegetation, creates a unique and breathtaking place that is hard to find anywhere else in the world.

Santorini – Greece

blue domed churches santorini greece

Santorini is famous for its stunning landscapes and breathtaking views, including its iconic white-washed buildings, blue-domed churches, and dramatic cliffs. Greece is simply filled with ancient history, stunning beaches, and delicious cuisine, making it a popular destination for travelers who are looking for a mix of culture and relaxation.

Lisbon – Portugal

santa justo elevator in lisbon

Lisbon is located on the banks of the River Tagus in Portugal providing breathtaking views over the city and the river. Lisbon is a city rich in history and culture, with a charming Old Town, beautiful squares, and historic neighborhoods filled with colorful buildings and winding streets. Lisbon is a popular destination for foodies and I dare you to just eat one Pastel de Nata: a traditional Portuguese pastry made from a flaky, buttery crust filled with a creamy custard and sprinkled with cinnamon.

London – England

London is one of the oldest cities in the world and has a rich and fascinating history that spans more than 2,000 years. It’s hard to miss London’s history and culture, with iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. There are over 200 world-class museums and galleries, including the British Museum and the National Gallery to explore. Whether you’re interested in history, art, culture, or just want to experience all that a world-class city has to offer, London is sure to have something that appeals to you.

Halong Bay – Vietnam

family fun in Halong Bay is one of the top Places to Travel in 2023

Halong Bay is a stunning natural wonder located in the northeast of Vietnam and is known for its stunning natural beauty, with thousands of towering limestone cliffs rising out of the emerald waters of the bay. Halong Bay is special because of its unique landscape, floating villages, adventure activities, cultural experience, and relaxing beaches.

 San Sebastian – Spain

san sebastian in spain is one of the top Places to Travel in 2023

San Sebastian is situated on the Bay of Biscay in Northern Spain, surrounded by lush green hills, making it a breathtakingly scenic destination. San Sebastian makes the list as a top place to travel in 2023 because of its beautiful beaches, scenic location, renowned food and wine, vibrant cultural scene, opportunities for surfing, and lively nightlife.

South Africa

africa safari is one of the top Places to Travel in 2023

South Africa is home to a wealth of stunning natural beauty, including the Table Mountain, the rolling hills of the winelands, and the breathtakingly rugged coastline. South Africa is known for its incredible wildlife due to the diverse range of habitats, including grasslands, savannas, deserts, forests, and coastline, which provide a home to an equally diverse range of wildlife. From the big five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhinoceros) to smaller mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish, South Africa is a top destination for wildlife tourism.


Traveling to different places can give you a new perspective on the world, help you appreciate different cultures, and foster empathy and understanding. Travel has the power to enrich your life in countless ways and it’s an opportunity that should not be missed if at all possible!

Did I miss somewhere? What are your top places to travel in 2023?

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About The Author


I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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