8 exciting destinations to consider for 2023
In 2023, the world is brimming with exciting destinations waiting to be explored by avid travelers. Although we’re half-way through the year there is still time to plan for the remaining months. Whether you seek cultural immersion, natural beauty, historical landmarks, or thrilling adventures, the following eight destinations should be at the top of your travel list. Each one offers unique experiences and unforgettable memories to make your journey truly exceptional.
Known as the “Island of the Gods,” Bali captivates visitors with its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. Explore ancient temples, lush rice terraces, and pristine beaches. Immerse yourself in traditional Balinese arts and crafts, indulge in delicious local cuisine, and rejuvenate your mind and body with yoga and meditation retreats.
When you’re on Bali you must make a point to visit Ubud. Located in the uplands, Ubud is known as a center for traditional crafts and dance.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town holds a special place in our hearts because we celebrated part of our honeymoon there. Cape Town showcases a remarkable blend of natural beauty and urban sophistication. From the iconic Table Mountain to the breathtaking Cape Peninsula, there are endless adventures to embark on. Discover vibrant neighborhoods, visit world-class wineries, explore historical sites, and get up close with African wildlife on a safari. Don’t forgot to visit Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandala and other political prisoners were held.
As the former imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is a treasure trove of ancient traditions, serene gardens, and awe-inspiring temples. Immerse yourself in the beauty of cherry blossoms or vibrant autumn foliage while strolling through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or visiting the iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. Experience the art of tea ceremonies and indulge in exquisite kaiseki cuisine.
Another of one of our favorite places, Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is a gateway to breathtaking natural wonders. Explore the dramatic landscapes of the Golden Circle, witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights, soak in geothermal hot springs, and visit magnificent waterfalls. For adventure enthusiasts, there are opportunities for glacier hiking, ice cave explorations, and even diving between tectonic plates.
If you’re in search of the Northern Lights you may be disappointed. We’ve been to Iceland three times and have yet to see the Northern Lights in all its glory. We have, however, seen the Imagine Peace Tower from the shore of Reykjavik. The Imagine Peace Tower is an outdoor artwork that conceived by Yoko Ono and installed in 2007 in memory of John Lennon.
With its bustling souks, vibrant colors, and rich history, Marrakech is a sensory delight. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets of the Medina, visit the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, and marvel at the architectural wonders of the Bahia Palace. Indulge in flavorful Moroccan cuisine, relax in traditional hammams, and experience the vibrant energy of the Jemaa el-Fnaa square.
Nestled between mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver offers a perfect blend of urban living and natural beauty. Explore Stanley Park’s lush forests, enjoy the picturesque views from Capilano Suspension Bridge, and take a stroll along the vibrant streets of Granville Island. With its diverse culinary scene and thriving arts culture, Vancouver is a delight for every traveler.
While in Vancouver, hop a ferry to Victoria Island and roam the island for a day. For animal lovers, another island, Vancouver Island, is home a sanctuary for Marmots—one of the most endangered species in the world.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Known as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is a vibrant city where European elegance meets Latin American passion. Explore the charming neighborhoods of San Telmo and La Boca, witness passionate tango performances, and visit iconic landmarks like the Recoleta Cemetery and the Teatro Colón. Indulge in delicious steaks and immerse yourself in the energetic nightlife.
Queenstown, New Zealand
For adrenaline junkies and nature lovers, Queenstown is a dream destination. Set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, this adventure capital offers a wide range of thrilling activities, including bungee jumping, jet boating, and skiing. Enjoy scenic hikes, cruise through Milford Sound, and experience the warm Kiwi hospitality in this picturesque town.
Remember, these are just a few highlights among countless amazing destinations worldwide. Wherever you choose to travel in 2023, embrace the local culture, create lasting memories, and make your journey an unforgettable one.
Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is co-Founder of World Footprints, a social impact travel storytelling content hub she runs with her husband, Ian, that has been recognized as Best Social Impact Travel Media Company by CEO Monthly. She is an award-winning travel and business journalist, global public speaker, and 3-time TEDx speaker. Tonya regularly shares her insights on career transitions, DEIA in travel and the transformative power of travel to audiences all over the world. Recognized as Black Travel Journalists of the Year—an honor she shares with Ian, Tonya contributes her time and leadership to several boards and commissions in the travel community including SATW, The Explorers Club (DC), North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and JourneyWoman. Tonya recently was been appointed to the Maryland Tourism Development Board by Gov. Wes Moore.