Top 13 Countries to Visit in 2023

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Need help deciding where to travel in 2023? This handy list of top 13 destinations to visit in 2023 will give you inspiration for planning your travels for the year ahead. 

Japanese Cherry Blossoms in bloom
Japanese Cherry Blossoms


Japan is a country with a rich cultural history and a unique blend of traditional and modern influences. From ancient temples and shrines to futuristic cities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The food in Japan is also world-renowned, with a variety of delicious dishes to try, including sushi, ramen, and tempura.

Best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). If you are looking for cheaper airfare and accommodations winter might be a good option too from the months of December to February is when you’ll find the best off season prices. 

Cost of Hotels vary by budget, you can start as low as $ for accommodations at a a hostel or as high as $$$ for a nice hotel. 


Hobbiton in New Zealand

New Zealand

The country most often associated with Lord of The Rings, an awesome woman Prime Minister, birthplace of the brilliant Taika Waititi and the singer Lorde. New Zealand is a truly magical destination to visit in 2023. 

The country is known for its natural beauty, with breathtaking mountains, lakes, and beaches. It is also home to a number of adventure activities, such as bungee jumping, sky diving, and white water rafting.

Best time to visit New Zealand is during December to February when it is the warmest. Fall from March to May is also a good option as the weather is still warm and crowds are not heavy.

Luxury Italian Villa


Italy boasts a rich cultural heritage and beautiful natural landscape. From the winding streets of Rome to the rolling hills of Tuscany, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Italy is also know for its mouthwateringly delicious foods such as pasta, pizza, gelato, tiramisu and more. 

Best time to visit Italy during the months of May, June, September and October. The cheapest month to visit is November during the off season.

Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada


Canada the land of moose, Justin Trudeau, and breathtaking natural beauty from Banff National Park, to Niagara Falls. Canada’s major cities of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal offer lots of fun activities, while the lesser known areas offer peace and tranquility. 

Best time to visit Canada will depend on what you want to do. Summer (June to August) is a great time to visit as it’s not too cold. Other times to visit is during the fall (September-November)  when the temperature has started cooling but it is not below freezing yet. 

View of the Sydney Opera House


The land down under, Australia a place of wild animals and ridiculously attractive people (Chris Hemsworth, Luke Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, the list goes on!). Surf the waves at Bondi Beach, visit the Sydney Opera House or take an action packed day trip to Kangaroo Island. 


Eiffel Tower


Hear us out…there’s more to France than just Paris. While the City of Lights should definitely be your first stop when you visit, it shouldn’t be the only place you visit in France. There is so much more to explore outside of Paris. Check out Marseille, visit the Lavender Fields in Provence, see the remains of the Cathedral Notre-Dame.

Best time to visit France will depend on what region you’re visiting and what you intend to do. Spring (April-May), Summer (June-August) and fall (September-October) are all suitable times to visit France. 

Big Ben in London


An English speaking country with a rich cultural history and diverse landscape. No Visit to England would be complete without seeing Big Ben and the Tower of London. Other iconic landmarks to see  are the Lake District, the Cotswolds and the White Cliffs of Dover. 

The best time to visit England is from May through August. 

Marble Temple in Bangkok, Thailand


Thailand is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia. This budget friendly country has a lot to offer in terms of unique cultural experiences, stunning landscapes and exquisite foods. Visit the Grand Palace, go see the Big Buddha is Phuket, or get immersed in nature at the Green Elephant Sanctuary Park. 

Best time to visit Thailand is during the dry season from November to March. It may even extend up to April or May sometimes. 

Animal Crossing at Kruger National Park, South Africa

South Africa

Other than being the southern most country is Africa, South Africa has a lot to offer  to travelers looking to get off the beaten path. South Africa is a great place to live out your Lion King dreams and go on an African Safari. Not in the mood to see animals, there is stunning natural landscapes such as Tabletop Mountain, and lots of beaches to relax on. 

South African cuisine is layered and complex like the countries history. Be sure to try Appletisers, Bunny Chow, Melktert and Braai (Barbecue).

Best time to visit South Africa is from May to September.

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal


Portugal is the oldest continuously existing nation state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe. This country is great for budget travelers looking for scenic views and gorgeous beaches. Try Pasteis de Nata, visit the Pena National Palace and go see the Madeira Botanical Gardens.

Best time to visit Portugal is in spring (March-May). 

Chefchaouen (The Blue City), Morocco


Morocco is a stunning country on the western edge of northern Africa. There is so much to do and see in Morocco. Visit Rick’s Cafe to live out you Casablanca dreams, take a tour of the tanneries in Fez, get pampered in a Hammam bath, ride camels in the Sahara Desert.

Best time to visit Morocco is in Early spring (May-April) or during fall (September-November).

Faisal Mosque, Islamabad


Pakistan is a budget travelers dream destination. This ultra affordable country in South Asia should be on your list for 2023. While often overshadowed by India (its neighbor to the east), Pakistan has its own unique heritage, identity and cuisine, which makes it worth visiting. 

Visit the capital city of Islamabad to see Faisal Mosque, go to Hunza Valley for dreamy views, try Nihari or Biryani. Whatever you do, you won’t be disappointed that you decided to visit Pakistan. 

Best time to visit Pakistan is during the winter months from October to February when it’s not too hot.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India


India is the largest county in South Asia, the most populated and boasts over 700 different languages amongst its 1.393 billion plus inhabitants. India is a great place to visit for foodies as it has a culinary catalog that will appeal to all types of eaters. From samosas, dosas, pani puri, biryani and more. Visiting India is worth it for the food alone.

Best time to visit India is from December to March. The summer months can be very hot and most regions experience the monsoon in June.

Travel is a great way to broaden your horizons and see the world. Make this your year of travel and get out of you comfort zone by visiting one of the 13 countries on this list. 

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