With the plunge in coronavirus infection cases and the rapid rollout of vaccines and boosters, much of countries in the world have emerged from lockdowns and pandemic-induced restrictions, breathing new life into local tourism. The travel world is back on the road to recovery, and it’s high time to celebrate and create lasting memories that bring us joy upon reminiscence. We are 1.5 months away from entering 2023 and you can make the new year special by visiting the countries that will bring you a lifetime of memories to cherish and a self-growth that no books in the world can offer. If you are pondering your next vacation for whatsoever reasons-grand adventure, rediscovering wonder, last-minute break, etc., and haven’t yet decided where to go, we are here to help you. We’ve rounded up the top 5 best countries to visit in 2023, all of which are unique and offer overwhelming opulence of natural attractions and an endless way to escape every day. Let’s explore five breathtaking countries you should visit in 2023.
1. New Zealand
Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean is a wealthy nation of New Zealand that makes an exceptional travel destination every day due to its jaw-dropping landscapes, ever-present indigenous Maori culture, unlimited open-air activities, action-packed outdoor sports, and activities, etc. New Zealand is an eclectic destination encompassing two main islands (North Island and South Island) which possess their own unique vibrancy and energy. Travelers will be in awe as they gaze upon the spectacular sceneries of New Zealand, from its snow-peaking mountains, verdant hills, and dramatic coastlines to lush forests.
The multicultural and cosmopolitan city of Auckland is the most populous urban area in New Zealand, which is built on a series of islands and inactive volcanoes. Touted as the City of Sails, Auckland presents an exhilarating feast for the senses with stunning waterfront districts, significant museums, eye-popping architecture, and action-packed outdoor sports and activities. Featuring volcanic islands, sandy beaches, lush forests, and plenty of biodiversities, Auckland makes a prime adventure playground and allows action-packed tourists to get a shot of adrenaline with thrilling activities like bungy jumping from Auckland Harbor Bridge, kayaking, skydiving, skywalk and sky jump, canyoning, etc. Sky Tower is a magnificent 328 m structure making it the tallest free-standing tower in the Southern Hemisphere. It features SkyJump-a 192m- an incredible jump from NZ’s highest building.
Regarding culture, Auckland is home to the biggest ethnic Polynesian population, a diverse set of mouth-watering cuisines, and high-class restaurants. The cosmopolitan boasts a multicultural history and iconic cultural institutions like the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Museum of Transport and Technology, etc.
Christchurch, lying on the country’s South Island, is another popular tourist area filled with cutting-edge architecture, magnificent natural zones, picturesque towns, and a bustling hospitality scene.
The mountainous and forested country in Central Europe, Slovenia secures the second spot in our list of the top 5 best countries to visit in 2023. The world doesn’t get enough of its magical and diverse landscapes, including the European Alps, the Mediterranean coasts, emerald-green lakes, rolling hills, etc. Nicknamed the green heart of Europe, over half of Slovenia is covered with verdant glacial valleys with an inviting year-round climate.
A visit to Slovenia is a dream come true for those who wish to explore countless natural treasures in a short period of time in a single country. There’s abundant nature–snow-capped peaks, crashing waterfalls, shimmering lakes, crystal-clear streams– to woo travelers for an entire trip.
Ljubljana, the capital and largest city of Slovenia, sits right at the heart of the country and hosts some of the most iconic landmarks like Ljubljana Castle (dating back to the 12th century), the gothic Town Hall, the green-domed Ljubljana Cathedral, a thirteen-story Neboticnik, Robba Fountain at Town Square, etc. You can stroll around Triple Bridge (where three bridges span the Ljubljanica River), spot castles and medical squares, relax in Tivoli Park, and enjoy coffee in Preseren Square.
Away from the hustles and bustles of the capital city, you can hover over the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia to gaze at the beauty of Lake Bled, the emerald green lake serving as a gateway to Triglav National Park, and the picturesque island in the middle of the lake hosting 17th-century church, and an eye-catching castle overlooking it from the hilltop.
The home to eight 8000m-high peaks, the Himalayan nation of Nepal is undoubtedly the best country to visit in 2023. This tiny landlocked country offers more than what meets the eye and a unique experience on every visit, making it an evergreen destination. Perched in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Nepal has a lifetime’s worth of natural and cultural attractions that enchants thousands of visitors every year.
Kathmandu’s expanding metropolis is Nepal’s capital city, known for its inimitable urban bustle, warm hospitality, centuries-old heritages, and ancient palaces that once hosted royalties. The pocket-sized capital is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, with a misty mountain backdrop adding to the city’s allure. Kathmandu has the world’s most dense collection of World Heritage Sites; the seven Monument Zones display the full range of Nepal’s historic and artistic achievements. The Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka, Patan, and Bhaktapur once housed the monarchy. They hold the same charm and beauty to this day while the religious entities of Swayambhu, Pashupati, Boudhanath, and Changu Narayan symbolize the strong influence of Hinduism and Buddhism in this vibrant city.
Based on ecological and cultural diversity, you can do a wide range of activities in Nepal. You can push yourself out of your comfort zone by trekking to the base camps of Mount Everest, Annapurna, Mardi Himal, etc. One can go to Chitwan to witness the epic landscapes and rare wildlife and appreciate Nepal’s wonderful preservation of astounding biodiversity. Feel the tranquility of the atmosphere and follow the footsteps of Gautam Buddha at Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and a unique UNESCO WHS. Test your adrenaline at Pokhara, the spectacular natural city offering a wealth of adventure activities amidst the mesmerizing scenery, like paragliding, ziplining, skydiving, bungee jumping, rafting, etc.
Ranking fourth in the list of our top 5 best countries to visit in 2023 is the democratic, cosmopolitan North American country of Canada. Surrounded by the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans, Canada faces severe oceanic climate conditions however, there are a lot of outdoor environments in the country waiting to be explored.
Canada is an idyllic tourist destination with endless and diverse landscapes, rich history, flourishing arts and cultural scenes, cutting-edge technological innovations, and an adventure waiting around every corner. Famed for lush pine forests, giant waterfalls, glaciers, and mountains, the country offers multiple opportunities to indulge in outdoor activities depending on the season. With the heavy snowfall in the winter months, Canada turns into a winter wonderland. It offers the ideal atmosphere for sports like downhill skiing and snowboarding, SkiJoring, ice skating on the Rideau Canal, ice-climbing on frozen waterfalls and towering slopes, etc.
Summer is the perfect time to stroll around Vancouver’s Stanley Park, lay under the sun on stunning beaches, undertake soothing canoeing in Georgian Bay, wander across butterfly gardens in Victoria, make camping memories at Jasper National Park, etc. Make a trip to Niagara Falls, the roaring crossroads of waterfalls and explore tunnels behind the falls, experience the remarkable Niagara Parks Power Station, or bike the Welland Canal.
Discover Canada’s culinary food scenes in each province; smoked meat sandwiches of Montreal, Candied salmon and Nanaimo Bars of Vancouver, BeaverTail snacks in Ottawa, etc. Have fun and immerse yourself in the cultural elegance of Canada by participating in festivals like the Fringe Theatre Festival in Edmonton, Jazz Festival and Comedy Festival in Montreal, etc.
‘il Bel Paese,’ i.e., ‘the beautiful country of Italy, is one of the top 5 best countries to visit in 2023. A deep current of history, from Ancient Rome to the Middle Ages to the World Wars, runs through Italy and peeks its head often throughout the cities, with ruins seemingly at every turn. Italy doesn’t disappoint any of the visitors it receives due to its endless offerings in terms of culture, art, history, food, and natural wonders. The ancient capital of Rome is full of iconic sights span hundreds of years, like the Colosseum, the Knights of Malta Keyhole, the Pantheon, the Baths of Caracalla, etc. Outside the capital, witness the architectural splendor in Florence, Verona in the north, or Pompeii to the south.
A paradise for art and culture enthusiasts, Italy is also Europe’s prime trendsetter in fashion, and you’ll be shocked to see how majestically Italians flaunt their appearance, style, and liveliness. You’ll admire the elegance and craftsmanship of Italy, showcased by its high-top fashion brands that scream luxury from every angle.
Where should you retire?
Once you’ve bid goodbyes to workdays, you all want to live the rest of your life in utmost happiness and peace. But where should you retire? It has to be one of those outstanding places characterized by safety, a tax-friendly environment, low cost of living, and peacefulness, such as Portugal, Spain, Malaysia, Uruguay, etc.