After this year-long confinement, travel is finally back to normal. People regained a sense of wanderlust and a deep fear of getting lost. Parents in particular want to travel more this year as they want to see their loved ones after spending time in their homes. They feel they have fewer years left.
Those interested in traveling this year have every reason to be optimistic. In recent years, there has been a lot of focus on safety, leading to travel restrictions and closures. Other destinations have eased restrictions while airlines have upgraded their engines and flight schedules to make room for long-haul flights. These long-haul flights will also target secondary destinations. The restrictions have led to increased demand for travel agents who make cruises and organized tours a pleasant experience.
According to Experts, by 2022, 37% of U.S. travelers plan to book international and domestic flights, and 59% of travelers in the same group are showing an increased interest in traveling abroad. Times are changing and you have many ways to travel. As a result, it provides a great opportunity to make new memories with friends and family.
Here is a list of exotic places you can visit with friends and family in 2023!
1. Lanai, Hawaii
Maui is Hawaii’s second largest island, but not as crowded as its more popular neighbor. The island is known for its beaches and hiking trails, making Lanai a great place to stay. Lanai may have fewer visitors, but it’s probably the next best thing. Lanai is an hour away from Auau Canal by ferry. It is best known for its owner Larry Ellison, who built two Four Seasons hotels on the island.
You can visit the Lanai Heritage Center to start your tour. There you will learn about the history of the island and the time when it was a pineapple plantation. Beach lovers can visit Halopoe Beach and Sensei Lanai. Cat lovers can also welcome cats to the local Lanai Cat Sanctuary. You can play with and adopt rescued and abandoned cats.
2. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton is known for its nature trails (the Cabot Trail), Celtic culture and live music. It is also known for its views of the golf course, and Cape Breton Island takes its name from the island’s most northeastern point. The famous Cape Breton Cabot Trail is a 185-mile loop that runs through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The trail takes 5-7 days to complete and is perfect for adrenaline junkies and hikers.
Canada has taken steps to develop local tourism in recent years, including in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The Mi’kmaq people are from Canada’s Atlantic Provinces and have a population of 170,000. You can experience and learn about Mi’kmaq culture by visiting Memberto Heritage Park, Memberto, Cape Breton!
3. Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is an area dedicated to viticulture. Located in Napa County, California. Commercial wine production in the region dates back to the 19th century. Other records also indicate that Napa Valley’s production of premium wines began in the 1960s. The climate, geology and geography of Napa Valley favor grape cultivation. These wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Nero, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.
Along with its signature wines, Napa Valley remains an important ecotourism destination. Napa Valley is ideal for those on a gastronomic journey. There are plenty of activities to do in Napa, including wine tasting and visiting the French Laundry and Castello di Amorosa. The region’s main attractions include gastronomy, golf and art.
4. Madrid, Spain
The Spanish capital has a lot of charm. Madrid is the political, economic and cultural center of Spain and attracts many tourists every year. The city is located on the Manzanares River in the central part of the Iberian Peninsula. The Cibeles Palace and Fountain in Madrid is one of the most important symbols of the city.
Madrid boasts beautiful architecture, impressive views, delicious food and great museums. We recommend visiting the Prado National Museum, the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Almodina Cathedral. Because of the city’s age and history, it has retained the look of its historic district. Shoppers can enjoy small designer boutiques, prestigious retailers and large shopping malls located in the city.
5. Dijon, France
Dijon is a hub for foodies from all over the world. In addition to food, Dijon offers many attractions and sights that will delight any traveler. For gastronomic preferences, Dijon offers many restaurants and cafes for every taste. Dijon mustard comes mainly from Dijon, France.
Head to the Consortium, Notre Dame and the Ducal Palace to experience the cultural and historical sights of Dijon. The Lee Consortium displays contemporary art. Notre Dame is one of Dijon’s most famous landmarks. It is known as a scene from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is a remnant of ancient architectural beauty, a clear and accessible symbol and representation of how ordinary people worshiped God. The Ducal Palace in Dijon now houses a museum. However, it still has vestiges and is a reminder of the power of the Dukes of Burgundy in ancient times.
6. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas isn’t just about gambling. It offers the best when it comes to shopping, dining, hospitality, entertainment, sports in USA, events like Halloween celebrations and shows. It is a major venue for major boxing matches and mixed martial arts matches.
Top Las Vegas attractions include the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, the Neon Museum and the Boulevard Mall. The Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is inspired by European villages. It also follows an upscale Italian theme, famous fountain shows and fabulous fine dining. In contrast, the Neon Museum displays an extensive collection of local signage from old casinos and local businesses throughout history and eras. Shoppers can head to Boulevard Mall to relax, watch movies and browse the best apparel.
7. Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy is known as the birthplace of the world’s favorite dish, pizza. In addition to pizza, Naples has many wonderful restaurants, cathedrals, churches and a royal palace, befitting its rich history and Catholic heritage.
Our must-sees in Naples are Chiostri di Santa Chiara, Castel Sant’Elmo and Via San Gregorio Armenio. These chapels, streets and castles have unique architecture thanks to Italian medieval architecture and technological innovations. It is also a testament to Italians’ dedication to art.
8. Istanbul, Turkey
In 2023, Istanbul will attract many adventurous travelers with its rich cultural scene. With its 2500 years of history, Istanbul is known for its great nightlife, great restaurants, shops and a city where the contrasts of East and West meet.
Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar are some of Istanbul’s architectural achievements. When it comes to food, Istanbul’s diversity comes in handy. Istanbul offers international cuisine, including Turkish national cuisine and Ottoman cuisine. If you like nightlife, you can also visit the Bosphorus, which is a hive of activity and entertainment.
9. Bali, Indonesia
Bali has room for everyone. Kuta for partygoers, Nusa Dua for vacationing families, Seminyak for digital nomads, Canggu for laid-back surfers and Ubud for yogis, spiritualists and artists. It is also an ideal place for those who want to improve their overall health. Bali is also known for its natural scenery, stunning art scene, and affordable cuisine.
Uluwatu Temple is a must-see for its beautiful location. Art lovers can enjoy art at the Ubud Art Market, while nature lovers can spot wildlife and have fun at the Bali Safari and Marine Park.
10. Charleston, South Carolina
In 2023, Charleston will focus on honoring its African roots with an international African-American museum opening in the fall. The Spoleto Music Festival is a festival held in theaters in South Carolina, USA. It is called the most important music festival in America. The festival was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize winners Giancarlo Menotti, Christopher Kane and others to become the American counterpart to the annual Two World Festival. Part of the festival’s success is due to its location in Charleston, home to many tourist attractions and natural beauty.
In contrast, the upcoming International African American Museum aims to educate people about African history and identity in America. South Carolina played a key role in the development of the international slave trade and the Civil War. The main objective of the museum is to introduce visitors to their ancestors.