10 International Destinations Topping Our Readers’ 2023 Travel Lists

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more than half Waiting for travel According to this year’s State of Travel survey, 56% of readers plan to travel abroad in 2023. Below are the top international countries our readers plan to visit next year. Spoiler alert: All roads lead to Rome.

One of Rome’s landmarks, the Trevi Fountain

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1. Italy

For the second year in a row, reigning champion Italy topped our readers’ list of preferred destinations to travel abroad in 2023. Most survey respondents plan to visit Rome this year. The Eternal City was not built in a day. In addition to archaeological sites and historic sites, Italy’s largest city has much to see and do. Admire the views from the romantic rooftop terrace and admire the gorgeous gardens. When in Rome, try pizza like the Romans. For accommodation, you can choose from fine boutique hotels and luxury hotels.

Other Italian destinations high on travelers’ lists are Sicily and the picturesque Amalfi Coast, Mediterranean islands right on the toe of Italy’s ‘boot’. Located in southern Italy, this 25-mile stretch between the Gulfs of Naples and Salerno offers blue skies, rugged coastal mountains at the edge of the blue sea, colorful villages, olive groves, vineyards, and lemon terraces.

Aerial view of the Cote d'Azur, or French Riviera
Our readers have their sights set on the French Riviera, aka the Cote d’Azur.

2. France

Paris has pushed France to number two on our list of international destinations to visit this year. It’s easy to see why. The City of Light boasts excellent museums, charming restaurants and brasseries, and excellent shopping. If you’re heading there in 2023, check out his guide to Paris’ 20th arrondissement for directions. Here’s what to pack to avoid looking like a tourist (hint: leave your sweat at home!).

Another French destination on our readers’ radar this year is Nice, on the famous French Riviera. Featuring walkable beaches, delicious local cuisine and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, this luxury destination is perfect for travelers looking for a relaxing getaway.

Wine connoisseurs plan to sip wine in Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world. Visit the last weekend in June to attend the Bordeaux Wine Festival.

Aerial view of the Strip in Cancun, Mexico between the sea
Cancun was made for tourism.

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3. Mexico

Beach vacations in Mexico are on readers’ agendas this year, pushing Mexico into the top three countries Waiting for travel Readers hope to visit in 2023. Gorgeous turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and tequila-based beverages make this place a solid choice.

Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun offers beautiful beach resorts, fantastic tropical waters for swimming and nearby Mayan ruins. The Riviera Maya is also located on Mexico’s beautiful east coast. Are you trying to decide between the two? Here are 7 important differences to know before visiting.

To the east of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico lies the Caribbean island of Cozumel. Mexico’s largest island is part of what is known as the Mayan Riviera, which includes Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. Cozumel’s proximity to the Great Maya Reef, his second largest coral reef system in the world, attracts divers and snorkelers.

Speaking of scuba, Cabo San Lucas offers endless opportunities for diving, fishing, surfing, sailing and, of course, sunbathing. This resort city lies at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

Aerial view of illuminated Tower Bridge and London skyline just after sunset
london bridge

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4. England

England is number four on our list thanks to its capital and largest city, London. Besides its popular attractions, London also has unique bookstores and beautiful walks. If London is on his 2023 list, check out these lovely vacation rentals. first time? Here are nine things you should know before your first trip to London, plus some helpful tips for navigating the Tube.

Historic Glastonbury, known for its ancient and medieval ruins, also made it onto readers’ travel lists. Perhaps this is because Sir Elton John will make his final UK tour at this year’s Glastonbury Festival at the end of June.

Manchester, located in the North West of England, is also on the reader list. An industrial history, a vibrant music scene and an enthusiastic man, he is known for being a City and Man United football (soccer) fan. For fish and chips, head to The Chippy on Barton Road. For something a little more upmarket, dine at the Ivy Roof Garden.

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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5. Canada

Oh Canada! Of course, US readers want to visit their northern neighbors this year. Several Canadian destinations are on readers’ radar, including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ontario, Quebec City, Victoria, British Columbia and Banff. Planning to head to the Great White North in 2023? Check out these 10 great places in Canada that homes love.

Beautiful sunrise over Barcelona seen from Park Guell. The park was built from he 1900 to he 1914 and officially opened as a park in 1926.  In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site.
Beautiful Park Guell in Barcelona at sunrise

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6. Spain

From paella and sangria to siesta and flamenco, there are many reasons to visit Spain. (Not to mention the laid-back culture, historic buildings and stunning coastal beaches!)

Facing the Balearic Sea, Barcelona is best known for its Gaudian architecture, world-class seafood and Picasso Museum. Madrid, the capital of Spain, is her second most visited city after Barcelona and is the largest and most diverse city.

The amazing Cliffs of Moher at sunset in County Clare, Ireland
The famous Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

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7. Ireland

Explore a treasure trove of Emerald Island destinations including the enchanting Connemara region, picturesque Killarney and charming Donegal. Rent a cozy Irish cottage and enjoy a delicious Irish coffee or Guinness beer. Don’t miss the world’s only Leprechaun Museum in Dublin!

Aerial view of Belem Tower and Tagus river in Lisbon, Portugal at sunset.
Located along the Tagus River, the Tower of Belem was built in the early 1500s to protect Lisbon.

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8. Portugal

Bordering Spain and sharing a Mediterranean climate, Portugal is popular with travelers as well as retirees and expats. Even if you’re on a tight budget, there’s plenty to see and do, from affordable seaside villas to fado, a musical art form.

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a center of cultural experiences, tourism, nightlife and history. Looking for more hidden gems? None other than the spectacular archipelago of the Madeira archipelago. This island paradise is on everyone’s wish list. If it’s your first time, check out our article 5 things to know before visiting Portugal.

Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps in Germany

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9. Germany

Germany, ranked ninth, has two coastlines, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, with several islands on either side. Major destinations include Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Munich and Hamburg. Sample traditional German dishes such as bratwurst, and see the stunning fairytale castles that dot the Rhine. For more of the fairytale atmosphere of Alpine mountains, charming towns and vast enchanting forests, head to Germany’s largest state, Bavaria.

Bordering nine countries, Germany is a great base for visiting the rest of Europe. Need help planning your itinerary?Check out her article on the best experiences in each of Germany’s 16 states.

Santorini, Greece
santorini island in greece

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10. Greece

From Athens to the Greek Islands, Greece is on this list forever. Check the Acropolis and Parthenon off your list in the Greek capital, then cruise the Mediterranean islands, including Santorini, Mykonos, Paxsi, Corfu, and Crete. If it’s all in Greek, here are 11 essential things to know before your first trip to Greece to avoid surprises.

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