Already thinking about planning your 2023 holiday? We don’t blame you! We’ve narrowed down out top 5 trending places you need to visit this year, guaranteed to bring new adventures and memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Keep reading to find out where you should be jetting off to this year…
Tick this gem off your bucket list. Egypt’s ancient civilization is packed with history, from its majestic pharaoh monument to its towering pyramids – there’s hidden treasures around every corner. Spend your days relaxing at your resort on the rippling Red Sea, cruising the River Nile and experiencing the balmy desert heat.
2023 marks the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, so art lovers can get their fix marvelling at the treasure trove of thousand-year-old artefacts, as well as the 12 exhibition spaces housing Tutankhamun’s possessions. It’s a sight that has to be seen to be believed.
Marrakech is the gateway to the Sahara Desert and allures people with its magical mystique. Meander in the Medina, which hold an array of aromatic spices and an Aladdin’s cave of artisan goods. Think vivid terracotta dishes to glittering gold mirrors and sparkling jewels. Treat yourself to a slice of luxury by staying in an ornate palace, private pavilion or a remote riad.
Don’t miss the new Monde des Arts de la Parure, which showcases 3,000 decorative pieces of jewellery, ornaments, clothing, and textiles from over 50 countries.
Botswana is the place to be if you want to immerse yourself in everything nature, wildlife, and sublime scenery. Every day brings enchanting adventures. You’ll have the chance to see the Big Five at Chobe National Park and explore the Okavango Delta (a popular hangout of elephants) by mokoro canoe.
If you’re keen to live out your dream African adventure, this would be the place to do it. You can stay in an authentic tribal lodge right in the heart of the wild, where you’ll be woken to the friendly faces of giraffes and roaming zebras as you sip your red bush tea.
New Zealand’s swift response to Covid means they’re one of safest countries to visit. It’s been gearing up for its big opening for over a year and has plenty in store for tourists to get excited about. 2023 sees the opening of New Zealand’s first UNESCO Geopark, situated in Te Waipounamu. There’s 40 geosites, including limestone Elephant Rocks dating back to prehistoric times and unique Māori rock art dotted along the Maerewhenua River.
If you’re a footie fan, New Zealand will also be co-hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 from July – August in the city of Auckland.
The Azores is a hidden gem in Portugal, still relatively unknown by most tourists, giving you the chance to be one of the first to uncover its beauty! The autonomous volcanic archipelago is known for its whale watching and thermal springs. You’ll be greeted by lush green pastures, dramatic landscapes, and charming fishing villages. It’s a haven for nature lovers who will enjoy exploring the rich biodiversity of its four islands (all designated UNESCO biosphere reserves).
Make sure you pay a visit to São Miguel, the largest Azores Island, for its utterly breathtaking lake-filled calderas and Gorreana Tea Plantation – the views from the top will give all your friends back home serious FOMO!
Bali is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so it’s no wonder it’s a favourite beach destination amongst travellers for 2023. Because of the island’s volcanic past the beaches vary – with a mix of tan and grey sands.
If its sunsets your after, they don’t come much better than the ones at Canggu beach – the long stretch of striking black sands make it a popular spot with surfers. If you’re after something more remote, opt for the unspoilt Blue Lagoon beach, framed by lush green hills and swaying palms.