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It’s 2023 and the travel bug is catching on, as more and more people are starting to venture out of the comfort of their homes and into foreign lands, in search of exotic foods, new cultures, and adrenaline-inducing experiences. The C-19 bug robbed us of two years of our precious lives, so it’s time for some revenge travel. If you’ve got ‘travel more’ as one of your 2023 New Year’s resolutions, then you might want to start writing up your Wanderlust List, or ‘Wanderlist’ as I call it. Here are my personal picks for the 10 top travel destinations for 2023 that’ll surely satisfy that travel itch – from my personal favorites to destinations that are top on my ‘Wanderlist’.
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Myanmar has been my favorite South East Asian country ever since I made a trip here in 2015. Since only opening up to tourism less than a decade ago, the country still remains one of the more authentic Asian experiences you can have.
The country has yet to be touched by Western influence, and you can actually see the locals walking the streets in their traditional wear, which is so rare in this day and age. And this is why this place will always have a special place in my heart. The magical landscape of lakes, mountains, and countryside will give you an all-encompassing trip to remember.
2. South Africa
My love for animals has always drawn me to the land of these magical creatures, and there’s probably no better place to witness the Kings of the Animal Kingdom and their royal subjects in their natural habitat than in South Africa.
But that’s not all South Africa is known for. Cape Town has slowly started to rise in popularity and rightly so for its breathtaking cliff sides and stunning beaches.
3 years later, my love affair with Georgia still has not ended. My heart still flutters when I look back on photos of my trip to Georgia. Rolling hills, vast desserts, ornate Soviet-era architecture, authentic culture, and melted cheese bread! What’s not to love?
Slowly creeping onto the radars of travelers the world over, Georgia and the Caucasus region are starting to gain popularity, and it’s no wonder why which is why you should make a visit soon. Not to mention how affordable everything is that it’s perfect for a budget trip. Read more: Tbilisi Through My Eyes: A Photo Diary
With 3 of its cities in CNN Travel’s Top 10 Most Livable Cities in 2022, Canada must be doing something right. Just before COVID, I made a trip from Toronto to Vancouver and visited most of the major cities in Canada, and it was a blast seeing the vast differences between the cities.
Sometimes referred to as ‘America’s nicer little brother’, you’ll find some of the friendliest people here. Of course, you would, considering how absolutely beautiful their country is?!
Traveling across the country makes for an excellent trip, especially when traveling via rail, which is one of the world’s greatest experiences. Treat your senses to some of the most beautiful terrain and scenery your eyes have ever laid on. Read more: The Ultimate Toronto Itinerary for First-Timers
5. New Zealand
Honestly, has anyone gone to New Zealand and not enjoyed themselves? Blessed with some of nature’s best, New Zealand is where you truly see Mother Nature’s work at hand. And the best part is so much of it is still untouched.
It’s best enjoyed by doing your own DIY road trip in a caravan, so you can leisurely travel from site to site and then set up camp under the stars. Be prepared to be amazed at every turn you take – this is where you will find the bluest lakes and greenest hilltops.
Even with the shittiest weather, New Zealand was still so astonishing and still remains one of my favorite countries to date. It remains high on a lot of travelers’ lists, but sometimes falls by the wayside because of the perception that it is extremely costly. Is it though? Read more: How to Road Trip New Zealand’s South Island in 10 Days
For the love of egg tarts, seafood, and #thatbeachlife, Portugal is where it’s at. Oh, did I mention port wine? Porto is the birthplace of port wine, and really the only place in the world where real port wine comes from. It’s the perfect city to slow down and just be. Wanna spend a slow weekend? Do it in Porto.
In Lisbon, there’s just something to fit every type of traveler– you get the best sunsets, the most beautiful beaches, the friendliest people, the most amazing food and wine, the most eye-catching architecture, and the most stunning sceneries. Need more convincing? Here are 10 Reasons You Absolutely Need to Visit Lisbon, Portugal in 2019!
If you’re looking for a little heart and soul in your travels, head to Japan. For a country that’s at the forefront of technology and innovation, they have still managed to preserve some of their most cherished traditions and culture, which is what makes this country such a unique gem. I mean, who doesn’t love a toilet that masks your less-than-desirable noises while keeping your bum warm and toasty in the dead of winter? The Japanese really have thought of everything.
And they will go out of their way to help you out in any way possible. Every time I return from Japan, I have a new story of Japanese kindness that restores my faith in humanity.
If you’re tired of bustling cities and robot cafes, skip Japan’s capital, Tokyo and head to the Kansai region instead, where you will find beautiful landscapes and well-preserved, pristine temples sure to satisfy any culture aficionado. Read more: The Perfect 7 Day Itinerary for Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima, Japan
Not for the faint of heart, but definitely rewarding for those intrepid travelers who are willing to take a bit of a risk and travel way off the beaten path. Often overlooked due to its lack of transport and tours, but those who seek adventure will certainly find it here in Bolivia. Home to the world’s largest salt flats, what you’ll experience will definitely be nothing short of magical, as long as you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone…
9. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka really started to gain in popularity in 2018 and will continue to do so even in 2023. It’s a country I fell in love with so hard, I’m still in a Facebook Group of digital nomads looking to set up camp there! Yes, I was so serious about moving there.
I don’t think I’ve been on a trip so wholesome before. With awe-inspiring landscapes, drool-worthy food, white sandy beaches, and the nicest people, Sri Lanka will surely please the fussiest travelers.
And we had the opportunity to stay in the most exotic, interesting locations; on treetops and in tents where we could hear elephants early in the morning. We swam on top of waterfalls and hiked up mountains to admire the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. It was simply divine being so up close and personal with nature. Its picture-perfect beaches and majestic cliff-sides will leave you wanting more. Plus, it’s a really wallet-friendly destination which is a huge plus! Read more: 9-Day Sri Lanka Itinerary for First Timers: Everything You Need to Know
Stockholm was one of the most beautiful cities I’d seen with my own eyes, with its charming architecture, rich history, and minimalistic Scandinavian design. Home to so many big brands that we see and use today, the Swedes have done so much for the world of invention, and yet remain so humble about it.
Take a leaf from the Swedes’ book and learn their way of life; always taking things slow to appreciate the little things in life. It’s no wonder they’re one of the happiest nations in the world. Not to mention their incredible subway system which houses the world’s longest art gallery! It’s a fun and unique activity totally worth doing while you’re here. Read more: The Ultimate Self-Guided Tour of Stockholm’s Subway Art
Ready to plan your next adventure? Get your planning started with this checklist!
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Great ideas on you list! We visited a few of destinations there, and can highly recommend! The only thing is that last year during our trip to Cuba, it felt like Cuba has passed the “unspoilt” point already, maybe it was different 5 years ago. Still a very interesting place to visit. Thanks! P. S. Would looove to return to some of these places again!
Oh no, that’s so sad to hear 🙁 still probably best to go now before it gets even more unspoiled!
What a great list! Canada and Portugal are on the top of our family’s bucket list!
Love this list! I would say that “Africa” is a bit broad, but otherwise I agree with everything you said.
I agree but I just couldn’t pick. the whole Africa is so amazing!
I’ve always wanted to visit Africa. It sounds like such a great destination for an animal lover. ?
Oh yes!! Totally going for the animals ?
Myanmar and Portugal are on my list this year. I hope that I find time to explore both these countries in the best way possible.
Some great locations in this list, Cuba, Africa and India are all on my list, there are so many great locations in the world I find it impossible to choose where I’m going next sometimes!
I know, I have the exact same dilemma! #firstworldproblems ?
I guess, you already have a list for your travel 2019. I always wanted to go to Africa, and see a live safari. It would be great to these stunning animals.Need to start planning 🙂
You are so right, every single place listed here is SO incredibly beautiful! I am most interested in visiting the ‘Stans. So much culture, history and hidden gems!
These are great ideas. I’ve been in some places from your list and can totally agree that Myanmar is wonderful place to go for 2-4 weeks trip. Cuba is also great country to teleport yourself back in time. I hope that this year or next year I will visit New Zealand. It is on my list for a long time!
Really adding to my wanderlust, thanks so much for this post.
Glad to hear! 🙂