Travel Off Path’s best destinations for 2023

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Travel Off Path has always been a source of news and travel information written by travelers for travelers. Travel is in our blood. All our writers and staff 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 with this article, so we asked our staff what they want to visit in 2023 so we can share it with you.

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a lot”main directions” online articles simply report search data from booking platforms or are sponsored listings. For ours The best destinations of 2023, we wanted to share the most desirable destinations of our well-traveled staff.

If the question “Which destination do you most want to visit in 2023” was sent out, we weren’t surprised to learn 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, read on to find out which destinations we’re most dreaming of next year!

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Kashli Kucharan, CEO


“There are so many cultural and historical experiences beyond the typical resort vacation that travelers need to see for themselves.”

– Cough

Dancers in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico are popular destinations


“Albania really does have the best of what Europe has to offer at a fraction of the price and in a much safer and more welcoming environment.”

– Cough

Port Area in Saranda, Albania, Albanian Riviera, South East Europe, Mediterranean, Top Destinations


“Turkey is a sensational country filled with Bucket List experiences. Everything is waiting for you: from bustling cities to quiet seaside towns, with great food, language and weather.”

– Cough

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Trevor Coucheran, Director


“Mexico is the final destination. There are landscapes from all over the world, all in one country. Mountains, deserts, rivers, jungles and oceans. One day you could be surfing in Puerto Escondido; the next day you can find yourself in a cozy snowy cabin in Durango.

When it comes to tourism, Mexico is king. With incredible coastal cities like Cancun and Cabo, guests will never be disappointed with their vacation.

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

– Trevor

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexican Caribbean, Mexico Top Destinations Aerial View

Tyler Fox, Editor-in-Chief

The freedom to work anywhere has major advantages… and temptations. Temptations like packing up and moving to another country! My top destinations for 2023 are all areas I would like to explore more to see if I want to live there long term.

Istanbul, Turkey

“Istanbul has always seemed like an exciting place and I can’t wait to see it for myself. One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to explore the surrounding historical sites, and Istanbul is filled to the brim with them. The Saint SophiaTopkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern are all must-sees on my trip.”

– Tyler

Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey

Tirana, Albania

“Tirana is a place I would like to check out. The digital nomad visa for Albania is definitely something I’ve been looking into and I’m very curious to see what life in the capital will be like. Also, Tirana seems like a great place to base, especially since the Americans can stay up to a year without a visa.”

– Tyler

Tirana Albania


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

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

– Tyler

Puerto Vallarta

Vinicius Costa

Sofia, Bulgaria

“The capital of one of Europe’s least-visited and most mysterious countries, Sofia is Bulgaria’s financial and cultural hub, where communist-era monuments and much older Romanesque ruins constantly battle for dominance in an incongruous but beautiful cityscape. It is also one of the continent’s oldest cities, making it an ideal destination for history buffs.”

– Vinicius

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sao Paulo, Brazil

“Latin America’s largest city, largely forgotten by the metropolitan giant, is not necessarily famous for its collection of historical attractions, which is understandably limited, but it really shines as a foodie destination and a diverse multicultural hub. Here you will see Japanese, Jewish, Arab, Lithuanian, Polish and Italian neighborhoods grouped together that still retain their ethnic character and cuisine – to name but a few – and perhaps Brazil’s most vibrant nightlife and social scene.” .

– Vinicius

Sao Paulo

Istanbul, Turkey / Turkiye

“One of the most mystical cities on the planet, Istanbul’s grandeur knows no bounds: it has areas in Europe and Asia, with the imperial Balkan charm of the former often intersecting with the Anatolian-Oriental flavor of the latter. As Philip Mansell says, it’s the ‘city of the world’s desires’ with views that can be admired for days.’

– Vinicius

Istanbul Turkey

Andrea Miliani


“Call me a romantic, but Italy has that unique, flirtatious charm that you won’t find in any other country. I am particularly interested unpaved directions I haven’t been before, for example, to the Cinque Terre and the island of Elba, where my ancestors come from. This mix of fascinating historic architecture, delicious gastronomy and stunning scenery that you will find in Italy makes it a great travel experience for anyone.”

– Andrea

Elba Island


“I’m so curious Albania! This direction has become very popular this year, and the videos and photos are really impressive. The beaches have spectacular turquoise water, the Albanian Alps seem to have amazing trails, and the museums look very interesting. I want to visit it while it’s still available and before it gets too popular.”

– Andrea

Albanian mountains

Laura Taylor

Yellowstone National Park

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

– Laura

Yellowstone National Park

Megan Gibbons


“For the past year I have been volunteering with a group that helps asylum seekers and refugees in my community. Through this work, I have met many kind, brave and resilient families from all over the world and have been introduced to cultures that I previously knew little about. So my top picks for places I’d like to visit in 2023 are inspired by an amazing group of women who have shown me the beauty of their culture – the country of Georgia. Georgia is my top choice for three specific reasons: the people, the land, and the food (my favorite reason to travel).

The Georgian families I have met are so kind and hospitable that I think traveling to their country would be a very pleasant experience. When we talk about Georgia, they all light up and excitedly explain what a beautiful country it is, and the photos I’ve seen are stunning. And finally, after several special home-cooked Georgian dishes, I came to the conclusion that Georgian food should be as popular and well-known as Italian food. It’s delicious and really unique. I look forward to eating my way through Georgia in 2023.”

– Megan

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Nicole Collingridge


“This country is often overlooked compared to the bigger countries of Central America (which means less tourists), with waves that surfers dream of, epic volcanoes to climb and fascinating history. Everyone I’ve spoken to has had nothing but praise for this country, so I can’t wait to see what everyone will be talking about in 2023.”

– Nikolin

Salvadoran surfing

Dale Peterson


“Nicaragua is a diverse country with many adventures. Great surfing beaches, outdoor activities like volcano trekking and volcano boarding, and exploring colonial cities like León and Granada are all reasons I hope to visit Nicaragua in 2023.”


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

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