Here’s Where You Should Travel in 2023, According to Lonely Planet

published Nov 26, 2022
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With 2023 on the horizon, now is the time to start planning out next year’s vacations. Struggling to make up your mind? Lonely Planet has you covered. The travel publication’s writers recently unveiled their “Best in Travel” list for 2023, compiling all the travel highlights that you should know about in 2023, from skateboarding in Ghana to boarding a night train from Turkey to Bulgaria.

This year’s Lonely Planet list is divided into five categories: Eat, Journey, Unwind, Connect, and Learn. Each category contains six recommendations, all of which you can check out below.


  1. Check out the Umbria Jazz Festival in Umbria, Italy
  2. Grab some street food in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. Try Hakta ramen in Fukuoka, Japan
  4. Enjoy Pisco cocktails and cevicherías in Lima, Peru
  5. Explore vineyards and fine dining in South Africa
  6. Be a foodie on the beach in Montevideo, Uruguay


  1. Catch the night train from Istanbul, Turkey to Sofia, Bulgaria
  2. Tour the seaside villages of Novia Scotia, Canada
  3. Hike the 250-mile Trans Bhutan Trail in Bhutan
  4. Take a walking safari in Zambia
  5. Road trip through the forests of Western Australia
  6. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Parque Nacional Naturales, Colombia


  1. Chill beachside in Halkidiki, Greece
  2. Explore the waterfalls and mountain peaks of Jamaica
  3. Check into a luxury Caribbean resort in Dominica
  4. Charter a dive boat around the coral reefs of Raja Ampat, Indonesia
  5. Stroll around the prehistoric temples of Malta
  6. Float in the Dead Sea in Jordan


  1. Enjoy sustainable tourism experiences in Alaska
  2. Hike through Albania’s mountains
  3. Check out the skate parks and nightlife of Accra, Ghana
  4. Embark on an Indigenous tour of Sydney, Australia
  5. Travel through Guyana’s vast rainforests
  6. Take a bike ride through Boise, Idaho


  1. Visit the museums of Manchester, UK
  2. Take in the Southwestern beauty of New Mexico
  3. Shop the Striezelmarkt Christmas market in Dresden, Germany
  4. Catch a wave in El Salvador
  5. Learn about Scottish history in Southern Scotland
  6. Take an architecture tour in Marseille, France