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Lonely Planet has unveiled its top destinations to visit in 2023, featuring 30 must-visit places around the world.
Drawing on expert local perspectives from the heart of each destination, the Best in Travel report features cities, countries and regions to aid travellers planning their next trip. Whether you’re craving a far-flung adventure or want something closer to home (Scotland also makes the list), there is something in the round-up for everyone.
The research is split up into five sections — Eat, Journey, Unwind, Connect and Learn — with each place chosen for its topicality, unique experiences, ‘wow factor, and ongoing commitment to sustainability, community and diversity.
In the Eat category, foodie recommendations include Peru’s capital Lima, affordable world class dining in South Africa and the rich gastronomy scene around Umbria, Italy. Meanwhile, the Learn category spotlights destinations from Manchester, the historic region of southern Scotland and the laid-back surf culture of El Salvador.
“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,” Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall, says.
“The list celebrates the world in all its wonderful enticing variety. Each of the itineraries in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 shows how to leave the crowds behind and truly get the heart of a destination.”
Looking for some travel inspiration? Take a look at the full list below…
30 best places to travel in 2023
- Lima, Peru
- Umbria, Italy
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Fukuoka, Japan
- South Africa
- Montevideo, Uruguay
- Novia Scotia, Canada
- Western Australia
- Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia
- Instanbul to Sofia Train
- Halkidiki, Greece
- Raja Ampat, Indonesia
- Accra, Ghana
- New Mexico, USA
- Dresden, Germany
- El Salvador
- South Scotland