Best travel destinations 2023: Add these places to your list now!

Venture off the beaten path with these tailor-made experiences and luxury getaways to the best travel destinations 2023 has to offer


The beginning of a year always highlights fresh starts and new goals for our busy lives. Yet one goal that should not be overlooked is travel. 2023 is set to be the year when we break out of our comfort zones and say yes to the unknown. This applies to our travel plans too. Shake things up this year and venture further afield to discover new horizons full of promise and adventure. Stuck for inspiration? Here is our hotlist of must-visit places which are set to become the best travel destinations of 2023. Are you ready to fall in love with traveling all over again? 

Canfranc, Huesca, Spain: Best travel destinations 2023 for snow-capped adventures and old-world glamour

Start the year off surrounded by the picturesque landscape of Canfranc. This historical town is nestled in the Spanish Pyrenees, just a stone’s throw away from two major Spanish ski resorts: Candanchú and Astún. Here you will be able to uncover the beauty of the Aragon forests while exploring part of the famous Camino de Santiago hiking trail. The town itself is not without its eye-catching landmarks, most notably the old school which dates back to 1928, the medieval castle, and the 14th-century tower Torre de Aznar Palacín. Yet, the Canfranc station, situated between two glacial vestiges, is the real jewel in the town’s glistening crown and is set to become one of the best travel destinations 2023 has to offer.

The station was built in 1928 with the aim to unite France and Spain. It had a chequered past as a functioning train station before being labeled as an Asset of Cultural Interest in 2002. Today, it has been restored to its former glory and has now opened its doors as a 5* hotel complete with a wellness center and two fine dining restaurants (situated in renovated train carriages). Guests at the Barceló Canfranc Estación, a Royal Hideaway Hotel will be able to relive the golden age of travel while enjoying the latest trends in luxury sustainable tourism. If you are looking for the best travel destinations to enjoy the great outdoors, this is a no-brainer.

Discover Lanzarote, one of the best places to travel as a family

If you don’t fancy snow-capped mountains and frosty mornings Lanzarote is a fabulous winter sun destination. Thanks to its all-year temperate climate it is the place to enjoy the best beach vacations in Europe, especially during the winter months. Book yourself into one of the Lanzarote beach resorts and use that as your base for exploring. You will find volcanic moonscapes overshadowed by looming volcanoes that shelter vineyards from the ocean breeze. Cesár Manrique is a name you will hear often on your travels to this island and rightly so. His architectural style is iconic and you can enjoy visiting some of the major island landmarks that he designed such as the Jameos del Agua grotto, the Casa del Campesino traditional house, and the lookout Mirador del Rio

Uncover more Canary Island vacation spots with a weekend getaway to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands are one of the best vacation spots for versatility. Between all seven islands, you can experience sun-soaked beach days and icy temperatures all within the same day. Gran Canaria is no exception offering visitors diverse landscapes from north to south. Las Palmas is the capital and the most metropolitan city in the Canary Islands. Here you can find some of the best hotels in Gran Canaria

Spend the day people-watching as you sunbathe on the golden sand city beach of Las Canteras

The Canary Islands are one of the best vacation spots for versatility. Between all seven islands, you can experience sun-soaked beach days and icy temperatures all within the same day. Gran Canaria is no exception offering visitors diverse landscapes from north to south. Las Palmas is the capital and the most metropolitan city in the Canary Islands. Here you can find some of the best hotels in Gran Canaria

Jakarta is one of the fun cities to visit while traveling in Indonesia

Swap one volcanic archipelago for another and head to the fiery islands of Indonesia. Jakarta, the capital of Java is teaming with life and is certainly one of the good places to visit if you are planning a stopover before heading on to Bali. This city is one of the best travel destinations of 2023 for city lovers and it has been compared to the Eastern version of New York for its on-the-go energy. Head to the National Monument and brush up on Indonesian history before venturing off into the maze-like streets of Kota Tua, the historical city center. Here you can discover Jakarta’s creative and quirky artisan scene as well as marvel at the colonial architecture. There is so much to see and do in Jakarta, but a trip to the cathedral is worth adding to your list as well as a visit to the Dharma Bhakti Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in the city. Then, when you are ready to rest, retreat to The Orient Jakarta, a Royal Hideaway Hotel where you can indulge in delicious Asian food and let your body relax in the sumptuous surroundings of the hotel.

Uncover the best tropical places to visit in the Maldives

The Maldives often appears on the list of the top 10 places to visit in the world and it is easy to see why. From paradisiacal beaches to luxurious resorts, these islands are the image of a daydream getaway. Bodufinolhu in the South Malé Atoll is one island that makes us go weak at the knees. With over 800 meters of pristine golden sand to enjoy, the beaches here are some of the best in the area. However, it is not just their outstanding beauty that makes them so special. Beneath the turquoise waters lies a whole world waiting to be discovered. If you are into scuba diving, you are in luck. Marvel at the manta rays, green turtles, and lionfish, but the real star of the show is the whale shark. The best way to see this amazing species is to sign up for an organized tour which will allow you to get up close and swim next to them. Yet, don’t worry! These sharks are only interested in eating plankton so you can swim and play with them without any fear. This experience alone makes the Maldives one of the best travel destinations of 2023! 

The old town of Funchal is one of the nice places to visit when exploring the island

Madeira is a volcanic island settled in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Canary Islands. Known as the “island of eternal spring” Madeira is home to rocky outcrops, black volcanic beaches, and unbeatable wildlife. It should come as no surprise to learn that the World Travel Awards have awarded this island the title of The Best European Island Destination seven years in a row. And, it is certainly on our list of best travel destinations for 2023. Funchal is the capital and the first city founded by the Portuguese outside of the Portuguese mainland. The mountainous landscape breaks away into a rugged beach that hugs the city and acts as a reminder of the city’s strategic role in Portuguese trade. 

Funchal is the capital and the first city founded by the Portuguese outside of the Portuguese mainland

Wander through the city’s colorful streets and settle down at one of the lively bars to enjoy a drink accompanied by a live performance of traditional music. The Cathedral is a must-visit and don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs while shopping on the Avenida do Mar. Football fans will be fascinated by the Cristiano Ronaldo museum and those looking for some active tourism can easily use the city as their base to explore the fantastic network of walking roots that snake across the island from north to south. When you have worn yourself out exploring, there is no better place to rest your head than the Funchal Barceló Old Town.

Take to the sky in Cappadocia, Turkey, one of the most fun places to travel for Instagram lovers

When talking about the best travel destination of 2023, our list would not be complete without mentioning the Turkish region of Cappadocia. Just an hour by plane from Istanbul, this area’s lunar landscapes and cone-shaped rock formations known as “fairy chimneys” have made this the place to be if you want to get some cool snaps for the gram. The four major Turkish cities that form Cappadocia (Nevsehir, Kayseri, Aksaray, and Nigde) are some of the best European cities to visit for those wishing to head out into the great outdoors and explore the wonders of nature. The Göreme Open Air Museum which features 10th-century churches and chapels carved into the rock is a must-see. But the experience that makes this destination worthy of a place on our hotlist is the hot air balloon rides allowing you to float on a heavenly breeze above the mystical landscape that lies beneath. 

Ljubljana is one of the best places to go on vacation at Christmas time

If you are looking for places to vacation during the holidays, look no further than the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. This picturesque city is one of the best cities to visit in December as it comes alive with festive spirit during the winter months. And, its Christmas market is enough to warrant Ljubljana a place on our list of best travel destinations for 2023. Of course, it doesn’t need to be the holiday season to visit and the weather is certainly warmer during the summer months making sightseeing just a little more enjoyable. As well as the street markets it is worth paying a visit to the Dragon Bridge to admire the ornate dragon statues. The Ljubljana castle is a day trip in itself and there is even a train that takes visitors up to the fortress. Yet it is Tivoli Park that makes visitors fall in love with the city. These beautifully manicured gardens are the green lungs of this city and a wonderful meeting place to relax in nature.