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The Best Places to Travel in 2023

From wild Alaska to relaxing Jamaica.

Choosing fun for your 2023 vacations, but wondering where to go? Well, the lists are out for the best places to travel in 2023, so we’re showing you the funnest of the fun for your next trip.

Each destination has its own unique highlights and can be perfect for a different type of trip. Come along and explore the top picks!

A view of the iconic Edinburgh Castle, looking up from Princess Street gardens with the Ross fountain in the foreground.
Did you know? The iconic Edinburgh Castle sits atop a dormant volcano!

Southern Scotland

Dublin, Ireland made it onto 2022’s best-in-travel list. But for 2023, we’re headed just 300 miles Northeast! Scotland’s Southern region is getting the spotlight in 2023. 

Highlights: The capital of Edinburgh, obviously!

Walk the Royal Mile, a cobblestone road lined with pubs, restaurants, and shops with the towering St. Giles’ Cathedral looming overhead. Take free walking tours to the city, or visit one of the many (also free!) museums like the National Museum of Scotland. You can even hike to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano on the city’s outskirts.

If you’re into majestic architecture (who isn’t?), make sure to visit the 12th-century-old Edinburgh Castle.

Most fun for: Learning. History-buffs, college friends, and those who’d love stepping into the backdrop of the legendary King Arthur.

Landscape view of Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Alaska’s grand, pure landscapes are even more beautiful in person.


Now let’s look at some of nature’s majesty. With glaciers, mountains, and national parks bigger than nations, Alaska is for those who want to go big for 2023.

Highlights: The Northern Lights are a must-see natural wonder, if you catch them at the best time! There’s a bunch of other adventure-packed shore excursions too, like glacier and wildlife quests, mountain trail drives, and–yes–even dog sledding! 

The purity of Alaska’s nature isn’t just in its sights–but its flavors! Be sure to try some Alaskan dishes if you’re into incredibly fresh food–everything from wild-caught salmon to game meats like caribou.

Most fun for: Connecting with nature. Bold solo adventurers, thrill-seekers, and culture travelers.

Three Sisters cliff range in Australia
The Three Sisters rock formation is just 30 minutes outside Sydney!

Sydney, Australia

Just like Auckland and Merida last year, Sydney won a top spot for best cities to travel to in 2023. It’s no wonder why! People say a trip to the land Down Under can change your whole life.

Highlights: The Blue Mountains on the outskirts of the city are a must-see and made the UNESCO World Heritage list. There, you can ride a cable car and soar over the entire landscape–enveloped in the rich smells of eucalyptus forests, the roaring sounds of waterfalls, and all the sights of Australia’s eclectic wildlife. 

Sounds pretty breathtaking, huh?

After that, catch some sun and surf at world-famous Bondi Beach, cruise through Sydney Harbor for gorgeous views over the Opera House, or visit the Royal Botanic Garden if you want even more natural beauty.

Most fun for: Wildlife lovers and couples who’d love dinners along the Harbor and sunset walks by the beach.

Wide shot of Montego Bay beaches and seas
Imagine soaking in the sun on Montego Bay’s pristine coastline.


“The Birthplace of Reggae” also made it to the list, and it’s perfect for those looking for max relaxation.

Highlights: Negril Beach is often called one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, with nearly four miles of white sands and clear, coral-fringed coasts perfect for snorkeling. 

Many couples think of gondola rides in Venice as the pinnacle of romance. But! Jamaica serves as another romance-lovers paradise with bamboo raft tours along the Martha Brae River near Montego Bay.

Want to sneak in some adventure on your trip? Jamaica has that too! Take a plunge down waterfalls at Ochos Rios.

Most fun for: Unwinding for all ages. And those looking for the perfect place for an intimate, romantic wedding.