If you’ve been searching for inspo for where to travel next year, look no further than Lonely Planet’s just-released ‘Best in Travel Destinations for 2023’ list, which highlights 30 must-visit locations around the world, as decided by its expert travel writers.
Though the annual round-up is in its 18th year, this year focuses on local perspectives and recommendations for each of its chosen destinations for the first time. The list is also sorted into five different types of trips: eat, journey, connect, learn and unwind.
“2023 is shaping up to be the year to get out and explore. With much of the world firmly on the road to recovery, travellers are looking for different locations and experiences,” says Lonely Planet’s senior director of trade sales and marketing, Chris Zeiher.
“The list celebrates the world in all its wonderful enticing variety,” Zeiher continues. “Each of the itineraries in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 shows how to leave the crowds behind and truly get to the heart of a destination.”
Australia took out two spots on the list. Western Australia made the journey list with its city adventures, amazing nature, and a seven-day foodie adventure from Perth all the way to Bunbury highlighted.
“The antidote to years of suffocating-feeling pandemic life is a visit to one of the planet’s most serene and sparsely populated places,” says Lonely Planet writer Ronan O’Connell.
“WA covers more land than England, Spain, France, Italy, and Germany combined, yet is home to less than 1% of their collective population. Space, serenity and scenery: this is the holy trinity of WA.”
Sydney also made the cut, landing on the connect ‘best of’ list. The city’s WorldPride, taking place February 17 – March 5 next year, was specifically mentioned.
“What way to announce to the world that Australia’s back open for business with the hosting of the world’s most joyous party,” says Zeiher.
“From celebrating local rainbow heroes to connecting with traditional owners via art and music to fronting up to grand events like the Mardi Gras parade or a Kylie Minogue concert. You’ll want to stay forever.”
So, which other destinations made the list?
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Istanbul to Sofia
Nova Scotia, Canada
Parque Nacional Naturales, Colombia
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
New Mexico, USA