Need inspiration for where to travel in 2023? Here are some of the top trending travel destinations for next year!
With more than 150 countries back to normal with no travel restrictions, including vaccine or Covid testing requirements, it’s safe to say that the world has opened up once again.
Although some of the destinations on this list still have Covid-related entry requirements in place, that may change in 2023.
And even with restrictions in place, tourism is beginning to recover in these sought-after destinations, many of which were fully closed to all travelers for over two years.
Japan finally reopened for tourism on October 11 after over two and a half years of forced closures.
In order to enter the country, travelers will either need three doses of a Covid vaccine or take a pre-arrival Covid test. While masks are not legally required in Japan, the majority of the population still voluntarily wears them in almost all circumstances.
However, travelers who don’t mind these restrictions will be able to explore the vibrant city of Tokyo and all it has to offer once again.
Bali has reopened for vaccinated travelers only after extremely strict closures and entry requirements for over two years.
This island paradise in Indonesia is known for being a digital nomad hotspot with plenty of trendy cafes and coworking spots.
It also attracts visitors with its beautiful scenery and sights, from lush terraced rice fields to laidback beaches to stunning temples.
After some of the strictest lockdowns and closures in the world, Australia finally reopened to international tourists and dropped all entry requirements in July.
Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is one of the top trending destinations for 2023 now that the country has reopened.
The best time to visit Sydney for pleasant weather is February to May, making early 2023 the perfect time to plan a visit.
Seoul, South Korea is a bustling mega-city that is one of the best destinations in Asia to visit.
This city is known for its great food, nightlife, entertainment, and shopping. There are also many cultural sites in Seoul to check out, including temples and museums, making it a great destination for any kind of traveler.
South Korea also experienced extremely harsh lockdowns and closures for over two years, but the country finally fully reopened for tourism in October with no entry restrictions.
However, despite removing its outdoor mask mandate in September, South Korea still has an indoor mask mandate in place until at least March 2023. If it’s actually removed in March, then Seoul will be a great destination to visit next year once things are finally back to normal.
5. Rio De Janeiro
Brazil has been back and forth on Covid restrictions, and as of December 2022 still requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid in order to enter.
The country also reinstated a mask mandate in December in some locations, including airplanes and airports.
Despite the lingering restrictions, travelers have been eager to explore the vibrant city of Rio De Janeiro, which will once again host one of the best Carnival celebrations in the world in February 2023.
Málaga, Spain is known for being one of the best destinations in southern Spain, with great beaches and nightlife, as well as food and culture.
Although it gets extremely crowded in the summer months, Málaga is a great place to visit any time of year. It’s a popular winter sun destination in Europe, and although it might be a little too cold for a dip in the ocean, you can certainly enjoy sunbathing and pleasant weather here, even during the winter and spring.
Now that Spain has finally dropped all travel restrictions as of October 2022 (one of the last countries in Europe to do so), it’s at the top of the list for many travelers.
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