18 best places to travel in 2023

Aotearoa-New Zealand: The future of inclusive travel

Laid-back beach towns, award-winning wine, genuine hospitality and outdoor adventure aren’t the only reasons why you should put Aotearoa-New Zealand at the top of your 2023 travel list.

Orlando: Easy fun with classic experiences

Whether you want to feel like you’re in outer space, watch an actual rocket lift off or catch a concert in one of the world’s best theaters, Orlando is the destination to visit in Florida — and 2023 is going to be a banner year for the city.

Oslo: Europe’s coolest art capital

Norway continues to claim the attention of travelers, but in 2023, all eyes are on the capital city, which is finally ready to flaunt its latest investments in the arts and hospitality.

Jordan: Connections by air, land and sea

Home to some of the world’s oldest pieces of history, Jordan is on many travelers' bucket lists, especially now that there are several new additions on the way. In 2023, this Middle Eastern country is channeling its renowned hospitality to welcome travelers via new flights and a host of new hotels and experiences.

American waterways: Rediscovering our backyard

Best for travelers craving a nostalgic way to see America's small towns.

Los Angeles: In-person events are the hottest ticket in town

Best for travelers seeking a new side to the City of Angels.

South Africa: More flights to wildlife sites

Best for nature lovers dreaming of visiting the Rainbow Nation.

Rome: The Eternal City shines anew

Best for history buffs and hotel enthusiasts itching to discover ancient ruins amidst modern luxury. In 2023, Rome’s full historical heritage will be front and center for visitors to enjoy.

Bangkok: Setting the table for an epic comeback

Best for passionate foodies and arts aficionados. For the last few years, Bangkok has been quietly setting the stage for a monumental rebound once the travel floodgates reopened and international tourists returned en masse.

Panama: Leading the way with homegrown tourism

Best for adventure seekers looking to explore an untouched paradise. Panama might be best known for its famous canal, but in 2023, all that changes for the Central American country, as previously untouched areas become more accessible to travelers.

Bhutan: A legendary trail reopens

Best for adrenaline junkies craving both nature and culture. When Bhutan reopened for tourism in September 2022, it also unveiled the highly anticipated Trans-Bhutan Trail, an ancient footpath that stretches for 250 miles across the country.

Mexico's Pacific Coast: Stylish new destinations emerge

Best for swimmers, surfers and sybarites who appreciate design-driven beach resorts. The roughly 1,200-mile stretch of mainland Mexico’s Pacific Coast from Nayarit to Oaxaca is famous for the resort destinations of Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and Zihuatanejo.

Kenya: Africa’s top ecotourism destination

Best for wild-at-heart travelers seeking adventure and eco-friendly luxury. Kenya has long been the standard bearer for sustainable tourism in Africa. The emergence of wildlife conservancies in the 1970s not only prevented poaching and illegal trade but also ushered in a new era of community involvement.

Turks and Caicos: Getting out in the archipelago

Best for sun seekers and beach lovers. Beyond the white sands and aquamarine waters you’ll find around the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos offers exciting developments, including new hotels and cruise facilities, plus better airports that will make some of its previously remote islands much more accessible.

Charleston, South Carolina: A new museum casts light on a dark past

Best for diving deeper into a much-loved city. In 2023, the International African American Museum will open in Charleston, heralding a new era for cultural tourism in the city. In the works for the past two decades, the museum officially opens its doors on Jan. 21.

Ecuador: Coastal towns capture the limelight

Best for travelers searching for new destinations to unlock with points. Though Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, and remote Galapagos Islands may be the first to come to mind, exciting developments along the country’s Pacific Coast are drawing a new wave of adventurers to unexpected corners of the nation.

Disney Wish: The most magical place at sea

Best for travelers who want the best of Disney while exploring the Caribbean. Disney Wish first set sail in mid-2022, but 2023 is going to be the best time to sail on the company’s first new cruise ship in a decade.

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