Let’s hit the road!
From Europe to Asia, Africa to the Caribbean and the US, we’re seeing a return to full-throttle events and the debut of new attractions and hotels that will make you want to break out your calendar and start planning your holiday days.
Not sure where to go? To get you started, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to travel in 2023, whether you want beach getaways, cheap places to travel, hidden gems, city breaks or a far-flung adventure. All you need to do is pick the place that appeals to you.
New Orleans, USA
The Big Easy is ready to let the good times roll in 2023. After several scaled-down Mardi Gras celebrations due to the pandemic, the Carnival parades and parties are back in full swing, leading up to the epic party and celebration that will be held on February 21.
Another reason New Orleans makes our list of best places to travel this year: a fully renovated Audubon Aquarium newly integrated with the Audubon Insectarium will reopen in time for northern summer 2023.
Don’t miss dining spots include the new and old in this delicious city. No trip would be complete without indulging in the Sunday jazz brunch at Arnaud’s and a visit to the recently opened French-influenced Couvant. Stay at the Eliza Jane, a popular Hyatt Unbound property just steps away from the French Quarter on Magazine Street. Once the headquarters of the Times-Picayune, NOLA’s local newspaper, the hotel embraces its historic setting and history (Eliza Jane was the paper’s owner in the late 1800s, one of the first women to run a newspaper) with new offerings this year, including a women’s literary circle.
Welcome to the era of King Charles. After the outpouring of support for the royal family in 2022 – first for Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Jubilee, and then for the queen’s funeral a few months later – all eyes are once again on the House of Windsor in 2023. King Charles will step into the limelight with his coronation on May 6, the first such event in the country since Queen Elizabeth’s ascent to the throne more than 70 years ago. Expect pomp, circumstance and lots of parties.
To explore the city, check out the Go City, which gives you front-of-the-line access to some of the most popular London sights, including the Tower of London, where the British crown jewels are housed.
If you’re looking for a royal-worthy hotel, check out The Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, not far from Buckingham Palace. The iconic property celebrated its 185th anniversary in 2022, and its jewel-box lobby looks fit for a king (the hotel claims it’s the most Instagrammed lobby in the world). A splurge-worthy tea, one of the most coveted seats in London, awaits in the plush lounge downstairs – order a glass of champers and toast the new monarch.