Looking ahead to 2023 vacations is on a lot of traveler’s minds at the moment. The main question is where should you be taking a trip to? We have compiled a list of recommendations and trending destinations covering the US for domestic, European, and further afield worldwide travel.
There are many reasons to go on a trip to certain places, mostly including relaxing and tasting the best foods. To get our list started, we will look at some featured destinations for the best cuisine.
Best places to eat
Umbria, Italy – Italy is already known for its outstanding taste when it comes to food, and the historic region of Umbria is a hidden gem within this country. From truffles to Pecorino cheeses, refresh your palate after indulging in fresh pasta with the finest wines from the region. It’s recommended you pair these decadent flavours with a deep Montefalco Sagrantino or Torgiano Rosso Riserva, both are made from the Umbrian red grape.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The capital of Malaysia is always guaranteed to get your tastebuds tingling, and the large varieties of foods available mean you are always spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in this city. Roti Canai, a traditional east Asian dish has become popular in Kuala Lumpur over the years, and the multi-cultural impact of the city can be seen among many restaurants. Other dishes include Nasi Lemak, rice soaked in coconut milk, which is a staple recipe in Malaysia. This dish is very versatile and enjoyed at all times of the day.
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Fukuoka, Japan – The bustling city streets of Japan are filled with numerous places to soak up both the culture and the food of the East. Japanese food is becoming a big hit in the US, but it never beats trying traditional recipes in its homeland. From Mentaiko (spicy cod roe) to Tonkotsu Ramen and vegetable or pork Gyozas, there’s something to suit everyone in Fukuoka. Soy sauce, Miso and Salt are common ingredients to use throughout Japan and give a full-bodied Umami flavour to anything you pair it with. Vegetables, meats, and ramen are prepared and cooked with the utmost skill and enjoying Sake on the side is always recommended.
Lima, Peru – From the far East to the far south, Lima in the heart of Peru offers a plethora of interesting flavours that you won’t want to miss. Ceviche, the national dish of this country is the top of the list when it comes to enjoying food in Peru. This cold ‘cooked’ fish dish takes the region by storm and can be found on a large majority of menus throughout Lima. Lomo Saltado (Stir Fried Beef) is a big hit with meat eaters, and the traditional Peruvian preparation and cooking of this dish makes it a standout to try when you visit. Papas a la Huancaina (Potatoes in Spicy Cheese Sauce) is also the perfect carb-filled alternative if you aren’t one for eating heavier meat dishes. Peruvians take a larder staple and add a variety of spices to potatoes to create a mouth-watering dish that leaves you wanting more.
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Cape Town, South Africa – Cape Town is all about community, and their version of a BBQ, known as Braai, brings together the local community. If you can find a Braai cookout when you visit, we highly recommend trying something new from the grill. Choose from meats including an exotic Warthog or Ostrich!
Best places to unwind
Halkidiki, Greece – The traditional European beaches offer beautiful coastlines and Halkidiki is guaranteed to not disappoint. Rest and recuperation are in high demand, so enjoying the sun in this coastal town gets you away from the hustle and bustle throughout 2023. If you want to take some time out for yourself, the turquoise waters lapping at the sand are the perfect place for you.
Jamaica – Just south of the US you can find the Island of Jamaica, which boasts multiple spa resorts, perfect for unwinding after a busy 2022. Enjoy full body massages, heated pools and saunas whilst enjoying the winter sun at the start of 2023. Montego Bay is guaranteed to offer a vacation of luxury, whilst the Martha Brae is the perfect place to steep yourself in nature by taking a raft out onto the river.
Malta – The Phoenicia Malta Gardens is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll and to immerse yourself in your favorite book. Featuring views of the harbor, and a breathtaking infinity pool, you have the opportunity to soak up true Maltese culture. Finish your evening with a trip to The Phoenix restaurant and a cocktail or two at the Club Bar with views of the coast.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia – Indonesia is known for its long-term use of Eastern relaxation techniques as well as medicine. Raja Ampat boasts a Biodiversity Nature Resort, offering the perfect options for unwinding and relaxing before a busy 2023. With free breakfasts, Wi-Fi, and something for the kids, it’s a great choice for families looking to get away from a busy city setting.
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Jordan – After a busy 2022, why not explore Jordan in 2023? There you can find the Hammamat Ma’in hot springs. These mineral water springs and waterfalls offer the ultimate relaxation after a busy Christmas and New Year season. This resort and spa location means you can enjoy a hot soak just south of Amman and at 264km below sea level!
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Other trending destinations to visit in 2023 include Sydney Australia, Auckland New Zealand, and Salvador Brazil. All guarantee to offer even more interesting cuisines and dishes for you to try, or to enjoy a relaxing spa break before a busy rest of the year. Do you already have your flights booked for one of these destinations?