Many countries have removed most of their pandemic restrictions after nearly three years of travel disruptions and complications. International travel has opened up, and there is a lot of demand to travel around the world.
Below are the top best places to travel in 2023:
1. Ras Al Khaimah
When you talk about the UAE, most people think about the dazzling skyline of Dubai. This is not the only thing that the UAE offers to travelers. As a matter of fact, all kinds of travelers are well sorted in the UAE. For nature lovers, the northernmost emirates, Ras Al Khaimah, is the best destination. Ras Al Khaimah aims to become the most sustainable destination in the Middle East by 2025 thanks to the new ‘Balanced Tourism strategy.
Ras Al Khaimah, popularly known as the ‘Adventure Emirate,’ is just 45 minutes from Dubai. Enjoy the Ras Al Khaimah desert safari and the desert activities such as sandboarding and other outdoor activities. Other attractions in Ras Al Khaimah include beautiful beaches, striking mountains, trekking, wakeboarding, skydiving, scuba diving, and the world’s longest zipline.
It’s about more than just the thrilling activities, as there are many other things to do in Ras Al Khaimah. 1484 by Puro, the highest restaurant in the United Arab Emirates, sits in the Emirates Jebel Jais Mountains. If you are a sucker for culture, visit the historic Dhayah Fort, which dates back to the Late Bronze Age (1600-1300 BC).
Are you worried about accommodation? The Luxury hospitality brand Anantara is opening a spectacular new resort this year, offering 174 guestrooms, suites, overwater villas, specialty restaurants, and a spa.
Poland is known for places that resemble those of royalties. Hotel Verte, the new Autograph Collection property in Warsaw, is one of the new openings in Poland (opened in August) and is situated in a humongous Baroque palace. You don’t have to visit Poland just to stay in places fit for royalty but instead to show solidarity with the nation, which has shown solidarity with the Ukraine people.
Poland, which shares a 3000-plus mile border with Ukraine, has taken in more Ukrainian refugees than any other country. The Ukraine war has contributed to the decline in tourist numbers to the border countries, though the numbers have started rising.
You can visit the Warsaw palace or break from the city to towns hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border. Other cities to visit in Poland include Krakow, Gdansk, Wrocław, and Poznań. You can also book a getaway in the countryside’s Poland forests, lakes, and mountains. This is the perfect time and place for your needed vacation.
3. Liverpool, England
Liverpool, England’s port city, is popular for being the birthplace of The Beatles, who have a musical legacy all over the world. Liverpool will host the Eurovision 2023 in May, the sequined musical spectacle which attracts a stream of flag-waving spectators from all over the continent. Eurovision 2023 is an opportunity for the city to recover from the humiliation of losing its UNESCO World Heritage status in 2021.
The city will commemorate 25 years of the Liverpool Biennial Contemporary Visual Arts Festival from June to September. Over 30 international artists and collectives will occupy spaces in the city during that period.
England will observe the Year of the Coast in 2023 with food festivals and beach clean-ups along the country’s coastlines. Crosby Beach, only 30 minutes by train from Liverpool city center, is the permanent home of sculptor Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place.’
4. Vilnius, Lithuania
The coy Vilnius, in a recent advertising effort, admitted that no one actually understands where it is. If you watch the ad, you will want to book a trip to the city immediately. Vilnius is the capital city of Lithuania and marked its 700th anniversary on January 25, 2023.
To celebrate the milestone, a program has been set in place for the whole year comprising music festivals and exhibitions. Take advantage of the anniversary and visit the city during this period to enjoy the festivities rather than following the program religiously.
The entire Vilnius city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site putting it up there with other cities like Vienna and Venice. The city is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list because of its Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings, all on a medieval street. The city is most well-known for its Baroque structures.
The church of St Casimir, which is topped by a giant crown and the frothy bell tower of ST John’s church, should not be on your itinerary when you visit Vilnius. You can climb the St Johns tower for epic city views. If you are a social media fanatic, you will definitely enjoy this city. It is the only European capital city allowing hot air balloons to cruise over the skyline.
Fiji is popular for its beaming blue waters, expansive coral reefs, and hundreds of peaceful islands. Do you need a reason to visit Fiji in 2023? Well, the country reopened post-Covid travels at the end of 2021. This implies that the number of visitors to the South Pacific paradise has not yet bounced back.
While Fiji is known for its underwater beauty, grab the opportunity and explore the above-ground treasures too. Levuka, a former capital, and an important port, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is studded with British colonial-era buildings amid coconut and mango trees.
Participate in a Kava welcoming ceremony (named for the traditional drink at its center) to learn about the local indigenous communities in Fiji. You can also enjoy a Lovo, which is a meal cooked by hot coals in an underground pit covered with banana leaves.
It is now quite easy to go to Fiji thanks to Fiji Airways’ direct flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Welcome to Fiji! Or, as the Fijians would say, Bula!
In conclusion, the year 2023 presents a plethora of exciting travel destinations for adventure enthusiasts and culture seekers alike. From the breathtaking landscapes of Ras al khaimah in UAE to the vibrant streets of Vilnius, the world is brimming with possibilities.
For those seeking a tropical paradise, Fiji’s serene beaches and rich cultural heritage await. Whether it’s immersing in the culinary delights of Poland or embarking on a desert safari in Liwa, 2023 offers endless opportunities for unforgettable experiences.
So pack your bags, embrace the spirit of exploration, and let the wonders of the world be your guide in the year ahead. Happy travels!
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