The main Travel Off Path destinations for 2023

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Travel Off Path has always been a source of travel news and information written by travelers, for travelers. Traveling is in our blood. Between all of our writers and staff, we have visited almost every country in the world.

As the new year approaches, travelers are eagerly planning their trips for 2023 and we at Travel Off Path are no exception.

We wanted to do something a little different in this article, so we asked our staff what is the top destination you want to visit in 2023 so we can share it with you.

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A lots of “main destinations” articles on the internet simply report search data from booking platforms or are sponsored listings. For our Main destinations of 2023, We wanted to share the most desired destinations by our experienced staff.

when the question “What is the destination you most want to visit in 2023?” was shipped, we weren’t surprised to find that many of us couldn’t pick just one! After all, we all travel all the time, so why limit ourselves?

With that in mind, keep reading to discover the destinations we dream of the most for next year!

Young female traveler with straw hat exploring the Mexican jungle, Mexico, Latin America, top destinations

Kashlee Kucheran, CEO

Mexico

“There are so many cultural and historical experiences beyond the normal resort vacation that travelers need to see for themselves. You could spend 10 years exploring Mexico and not even scratch the surface of what it has to offer. For anyone who thinks that Mexico is just all-inclusive, I urge you to take a closer look.”

-Kashlee

Dancers in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, main destinations

Albanian

“Albania really does have all the best that Europe has to offer for a fraction of the price and with a much safer and more welcoming environment. It is a wonderful gem, mostly unknown to Westerners, and one that deserves to be at the top of your list of destinations for 2023.”

-Kashlee

Port area in Sarande, Albania, Albanian Riviera, Southeast Europe, Mediterranean Sea, Top Destinations

Turkey

“Turkey is a sensational country full of bucket list experiences. Everything awaits you, from bustling cities to sleepy seaside towns, with incredible food, language and weather. If you want the beach try Izmikr, Kas and Bodrum. For cities, you can’t go wrong with Istanbul and Ankara.”

-Kashlee

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Trevor Kucheran Director

Mexico

“Mexico is the final destination. It has the landscapes of the entire world, all located in one country. Mountains, deserts, rivers, jungles and oceans. One day you could be surfing in Puerto Escondido; the next day, you could be in a cozy snow-covered cabin in Durango.

As far as Tourism is concerned, Mexico is king. With amazing beachfront cities like Cancun and Cabo, visitors will never be disappointed with their vacation.

For digital nomads and slow travelers, Mexico has dozens of charming, affordable towns and cities with incredible quality of life and bursting with culture. For the last decade, it has always been my number one choice and I feel like my love for Mexico is just beginning.”

-Trevor

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Tyler Fox, Editor-in-Chief

Having the freedom to work from anywhere has serious advantages… and temptations. Temptations like packing it all up and moving to another country! My top destinations for 2023 are all areas that I would like to explore further to see if I would like to live there long term.

Istanbul, Turkey

“Istanbul has always seemed like a fascinating destination and I can’t wait to see it for myself. One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to explore the area’s historical attractions, and Istanbul is packed with them. Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern are must-sees during my trip.”

-Tyler

Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey

Tirana, Albania

“Tirana is a place that I would love to visit. The Albania digital nomad visa is definitely something I have considered, and I am very curious to see what life in the capital city would be like. Also, Tirana seems like an excellent place to call a home base, especially since Americans can stay up to a year without a visa.”

-Tyler

Albania Tirana

Mexico

“Every time we write about Mexico, I want to book the next flight! I’ve been before, but there’s so much more to the country than a stay at a Riviera Maya resort. Cancun, Tulum, Bacalar, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Los Cabos, La Paz… Mexico has so many destinations and I want to see them all!

The people I met at the conferences who are from Mexico were some of the nicest people there, and they are another big reason I want to see more of the country.”

-Tyler

Vallarta Port

Vinicius Costa – Senior Writer

Sofia, Bulgaria

“As the capital of one of the least visited and most mysterious countries in Europe, Sofia is the financial and cultural center of Bulgaria, where communist-era monuments and much older Romanesque ruins constantly battle for dominance in an urban landscape. incongruous but beautiful. It is also one of the oldest cities on the continent, which makes it an ideal destination for history buffs.”

-Vinicius

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sao Paulo, Brazil

“A largely ignored metropolitan giant, Latin America’s largest city may not necessarily be famous for its collection of historical monuments, which is understandably limited, but it really shines as a diverse, multicultural hub and foodie destination. Here, you will see Japanese, Jewish, Arab, Lithuanian, Polish and Italian neighborhoods clustered together, still retaining their ethnic character and cuisine, just to name a few, and perhaps the most vibrant nightlife and social life in Brazil.”

-Vinicius

Saint Paul

Istanbul, Turkey / Turkey

“One of the most mystical cities on the planet, Istanbul’s grandeur knows no borders: it has districts in Europe and Asia, with the imperial Balkan charm of the former often overlapping with the Oriental Anatolian flair of the latter. As Philip Mansel says, it is the “city of the world’s desire” with views to admire for days.”

-Vinicius

Istanbul, Turkey

Andrea Miliani – Travel writer

Italy

“Call me romantic, but Italy has that unique flirtatious charm that you won’t find anywhere else. I am especially interested in off-the-beaten-path destinations that I have not visited before, such as the Cinque Terre and the island of Elba, where my ancestors are from. That combination of fascinating historical architecture, delicious cuisine and stunning landscapes that you find in Italy makes it a wonderful travel experience for anyone.”

-Andrea

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Albanian

“I am so curious about Albania! This destination became very popular this year, and the videos and photos are really impressive. The beaches have spectacular turquoise waters, the Albanian Alps seem to have amazing trails, and the museums look very interesting. I want to visit while it’s still affordable and before it gets too popular.”

-Andrea

albanian mountains

Laura Taylor – Travel writer

Yellowstone National Park

“Yellowstone is one of my absolute favorite places in the world – with rainbows, bubbling hot springs, free-roaming herds of bison, and seemingly endless expanses of nature, I’ve always found it magical. There are also so many things to do and see there (and in border communities, like seeing a movie at the IMAX theater in West Yellowstone!), I feel like it never gets old.”

-Laura

Yellowstone National Park

Megan Gibbons – Travel Writer

Georgia

“For the past year, I have volunteered with a group that helps asylum seekers and refugees in my community. Through this work, I have gotten to know many kind, brave and resilient families from all over the world and have been exposed to cultures I didn’t know much about before. So my top choice of places I’d like to visit in 2023 is inspired by an amazing group of women who have shown me the beauty of their culture: the country of Georgia. Georgia is my first choice for three specific reasons: the people, the land, and the food (my favorite reason to travel).

The Georgian families I have come to know are so kind and hospitable that I can imagine traveling to their country would be a very welcoming experience. When we talk about Georgia, everyone lights up and enthusiastically explains how beautiful the country is, and the photos I’ve seen are stunning. And finally, after some very special home-cooked Georgian meals, I have come to the conclusion that Georgian food should be just as popular and well known as Italian food. It is absolutely delicious and truly unique. I look forward to eating my way through Georgia in 2023.”

-Megan

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Nicolin Collingridge – Travel Writer

The Savior

“With waves of a surfer’s dream, epic volcanoes to climb, and fascinating history to absorb, this country is often overlooked compared to the larger countries of Central America (which means fewer tourist crowds). Everyone I’ve spoken to has only sung the praises of this country, so I can’t wait to see what everyone is talking about in 2023.”

-Nicolin

El Salvador Surfing

Dale Peterson – Travel Writer

Nicaragua

“Nicaragua is a diverse country with many adventurous things to do. Great beaches for surfing, outdoor activities like volcano hiking and volcano surfing, and exploring colonial cities like León and Granada are all reasons I look forward to visiting Nicaragua in 2023.”

-Valley

Young traveler pictured on a swing in the ocean in front of an apparent volcano in Nicaragua, Central America

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