As the world returns to normal, the desire to travel again is also coming back in full force. History enthusiasts will be traveling to see some of the world’s most intriguing architecture and learn the stories, while the beaches of Mexico, Spain, and the Caribbean offer unlimited sunbathing.
Check out this list of 2023’s best international travel destinations.
Tangier, Morocco, is one of North Africa’s most ancient cities. This beautiful city can be found on the Strait of Gibraltar at the border of Africa and Europe.
It is a city that is more than two and a half millennia old, with spectacular beaches, bazaars, and souks available.
Romance, fantasy, drama, and mystery immediately mesmerize visitors to Venice, Italy. Surrounded by the Venetian Lagoon, Venice features over 100 small islands.
Gondoliers sing while carrying passengers through the Grand Canal. Venice has many cafes where locals enjoy Cicchetti, a small plate of tiny sandwiches, and side dishes.
The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom boasts various historic cities and sites. Many visitors to the U.K. flock to the big city of London, which has both a modern and traditional skyline, but that’s not all this beautiful area has to offer!
Fairy-tale castles, all-world museums, and scenic countryside greet everyone traveling through Great Britain, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
Ancient history is what vacationers in Athens will find. The Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis are popular places to tour.
Athens also features modern upgrades like world-class beachfront hotels and restaurants. There is also an amphitheater over 1,900 years old where guests can see shows being performed.
The Jura, France
Named after mountains in France, Jura is a place for all vineyard connoisseurs to pencil into their itineraries.
For those who do not drink crushed grapes, the Jura has a cheese trail with over 150 fromageries. Surprisingly, the region is only two hours away by high-speed train from Paris.
Victoria is the second smallest state in Australia. Melbourne is the state capital and where shopaholics can get their fix.
There is where tourism thrives off of the shopping, along with the country’s best art, culture, sport, coffee, and food. The state also offers surfing beaches and wineries.
On top of being Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen is widely considered to be one of Europe’s oldest, most popular, and cleanest metropolitan cities.
Copenhagen displays breathtaking architecture with all of its palaces, churches, and bridges. Visitors can explore the narrow streets and canals or go shopping on the Stroget.
It is impossible to be bored when traveling to Madrid, Spain. The swank capital and biggest city in the country has numerous museums and restaurants with works of art on plates and in wine glasses.
Madrid’s architecture alone is picturesque, with its confectionary buildings that give them a castle-style appearance.
Seoul, South Korea
The South Korean capital city of Seoul possesses an arts scene worth exploring, with places like the Konig Gallery and the Seoul Museum of Art.
Buddhist temples and palaces display Seoul’s historical architecture. The full value and experience of Korean flavor and culture are found in the teahouses and shops.
Not only is Havana the capital city of Cuba, but it is also a wonderful blend of old and new scenery.
The architecture of many buildings is from the colonial era and is full of fabulous colors and designs. Visitors can see El Malecon, a walkway bordering the ocean.
One of the first sights you cannot help but notice when visiting Mendoza, Argentina is the skyline of the Andes Mountains.
Unlike many destinations, the rush of new hotels and chic restaurants was launched by women. Mendoza is known as wine country, evident from the various menu options available.
Greenland is located in North America and under U.S. control due to a 1951 treaty, it is considered territory of Denmark.
The world’s largest island has a population made of 88% Inuit people. Nuuk, the capital city, for its size, offers a surprising amount of cafes, museums and fashion boutiques.
Situated between Torres del Paine National Park and the Lake District, Aysen, Chile, is a visual delight. New and familiar visitors to Aysen marvel at the landscapes of lakes, glaciers, and peaks that are now more accessible.
If hiking through mountains is too taxing, kayaking and biking tours are also available.
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, is not mentioned with the country’s popular destinations like Alberta, Quebec, or Ontario, but it should be.
The island’s scenic landscape includes red-sand beaches and cliffs to explore. P.E.I. offers visitors golf courses, fishing and hikers can go on the Island Walk, a trail 435 miles long.
In addition to safari guide tours, Tanzania offers its visitors a new way of exploring the country. “Marine Safaris” by boat or kayak brings a unique way of sightseeing for guests to Tanzania.
Thrill-seekers can hike and climb Mount Kilimanjaro, which now has internet at the top of it.
Uttar Pradesh, India
Not many people are familiar with the name of India’s fourth-largest state, Uttar Pradesh. Yet it is where the world-famous Taj Mahal is located and visited by millions every year.
Uttar Pradesh is where India’s holiest city Varanasi is located. The city’s cuisine is both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
By spending $400 million on outfitting the airport terminal with technological upgrades, Bermuda is signaling to the world it’s open for business.
Although it’s only 21 square miles, Bermuda has many sights and activities that make up for its size. Pink-sand beaches, historic forts, scuba-diving, and cliff jumping are offered.
Three main islands make up the Cayman Islands. There is Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. Grand Cayman has other-worldly diving and is home to Seven Mile Beach.
Hikers can walk the bluffs in Cayman Brac or try diving from the Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman.
Coastal Uruguay has become a hotbed of art recently with its newest attractions. The coast of the country is home to the Atchugarry Museum of Contemporary Art and a skyspace created by a local artist.
Uruguay’s coastal area has bike tours, scenic walks, and features cuisine from various restaurants.
If you resolved on December 31st to eat and drink less in 2023, Taiwan is not the place for you. Regal teahouses and finer cuisine are awaiting all travelers.
After a decade of construction, the Taipei Performing Arts Center is open, and there is a high-speed rail to carry tourists around.
Guadeloupe is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. The island of French influence entices its guests with white sand beaches, volcanic peaks, and protected parks.
Remote locations around Guadeloupe feature scenic ocean views, cliffside villas, and posh boutiques. Guadeloupe National Park has a tropical forest and Soufriere volcano.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Riviera Maya represents everything picturesque. It is located on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatan Peninsula and is one of the more spectacular Caribbean coastlines.
There are sacred ruins to explore, or visitors can go snorkeling in Puerto Morelos reef. A train connecting Cancun to Riviera Maya is also in the works.
The British Virgin Islands
Turquoise waters highlight the British Virgin Islands, making it the perfect destination for those who want nothing more than to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The clear and warm water also makes for some of the best scuba diving around!
If diving isn’t on the list of activities, there is something to be said about renting a catamaran and sailing around the islands, taking in the views!
Kyoto was once the capital of Japan and most famous for its shrines and temples. Festivals such as Gion Matsuri, the country’s largest, give those in attendance of the parade gigantic floats to watch.
Throughout Kyoto, delicious traditional foods are abundant and available while perhaps taking in a geisha performance.
New Zealand is comprised of the North and South islands. Auckland, Wellington, and Queenstown are must-see cities. Auckland attracts droves with its historic buildings converted into shops and restaurants.
Moonscapes created from volcanic eruptions, glaciers, white sand beaches, and even the Hobbiton set are sights waiting to be seen in New Zealand.
Surfs up! Teahupo’o is known for its wave smorgasbord for every level of surfing expertise. The southwestern coastal village of Tahiti boasts a reputation for having some of the most menacing waves, sometimes reaching 23 feet.
All other visitors can tour the lagoons and waterfalls or go cliff-diving.
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria, British Columbia, is arguably one of the most British cities in the entire continent of North America. The Western-Canadian city has traditional British-themed antique shops, tearooms, and galleries.
Even so, there are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as biking around the city or going on a whale-watching tour!
Melides in Portugal is quickly becoming the country’s hottest destination. White sands, rice fields, and pine forests color the landscape of this Portuguese paradise.
New hotels and villas are part of the 80 hectares of land that have been built. Recently a pottery museum was opened in the city.
Spirituality is the common theme of Mustang, Nepal. This community is nestled in the Himalayas and is a backpacker’s dream to visit. Mountain lodges offer tourists multi-day hikes, helicopter rides, and wild honey hunting.
In 2023 a new hotel will be opening in the remote, once-forbidden ancient kingdom of Mustang.
Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos provides all its visitors with white sandy beaches and blue water as a greeting.
The chain of islands has undergone many upgrades to renovate hotels and new business developments. Additions like new plunge pools, swimming in lagoons, and snorkeling welcome potential visitors.