Best Places to Visit in 2023 Before They Get Too Popular

Here are the best places to visit in 2023 before they get too popular and the crowds start pouring in again. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to experience these amazing destinations in all their untouched glory.  

Hi there! My name is Stacey Wittig, and I’m a travel blogger and avid adventurer. I’m always on the lookout for the next hidden gem, the undiscovered paradise that’s just waiting to be explored. And I’ve got a hot tip for you: there are certain places on this planet that are just starting to catch on with tourists, or were half-forgotten over COVID. Some are still relatively unknown.

These are the types of places that you want to visit now in 2023 before they get too crowded. 

So pack your bags because we’re going on a journey to discover the top places you should visit in 2023 before they get too popular. Are you ready to join me? Let’s go!

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Astonishing Andalusia, Spain

sunset and evening arrives on this panorama of Malaga from above with views of harbor, Costa del sol and the Pompidou Center, a glass cube lit from within, one of the best places to see in 2023
Panorama of Malaga city with the Pompidou Center in the lower right | © Malaga City Tourist Board photo

Andalusia figured high on many “Places to go in 2023,” lists with Vogue naming Málaga, Spain, in their “10 Best Places To Travel In 2023.”

The fashion publication cited the Pompidou Center, a modern art treasure in a multicolored glass cube, as one of the reasons for the vibrant cultural resurgence of the city on Costa del Sol. And why this is one of the best places to visit in 2023.

I go for the culture (read between the lines: food!) and hiking opportunities.

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Alluring Egypt: Cairo and the Nile is one of the best places to visit in 2023

three tall pyramids, three small pyramids about a third of the size of the taller ones on yellow sand with tiny camels silouteeted in the foreground make this one of the best places to visit in 2023

So many of my friends jetted off to Egypt last year—way more than I remember during the pre-COVID years. That makes me think the alluring destination will continue to draw more crowds as the years go on, so mark my words: get there now!

Scott’s Cheap Flights, one of my favorite travel hacks, named Egypt to its “Where to Go in 2023” list because of the estimated 2023 opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum near the famed Sphinx and pyramids. 

But heads-up! My friends at Scott’s warn, “the projected opening has already been pushed back twice. When the GEM, as it’s being called, finally opens its doors, however, it will be the world’s largest archaeological museum, with some 50,000 items on display—including all 5,000 treasures removed from Tutankhamun’s tomb.”

On my Egypt adventure in the 90s, I had to buck up during a pulse-pounding taxi ride into Cairo to view Tutankhamun (King Tut) in the Egyptian Museum. Avoiding a trip to downtown Cairo speeding in and out of four lanes with five lanes of vehicles squished into them will be worth a second trip to Egypt. I’m looking forward to cruising the Nile one more time before these best places to visit in 2023 start catching on again.

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Maya Bay, Thailand, most beautiful place on Earth that I've ever been

feet with blue pedicure, in black sandlas rest on white sand beach with view of turquoise waters and floating islands of green
Maya Beach on the Phi Phi Islands between Phuket town and Krabi town | UNSTOPPABLE Stacey photo

In 2018, the Thai government shuttered the mystical Maya Bay after overtourism stressed its fragile marine environment. At times, 5,000 tourists per day crowded its once pristine beach, and boats dropped anchors pulverizing the coral reef below. However, the national park recently reopened Maya Bay with a cap on the number of tourists that once flooded the idyllic paradise.

My one hour in paradise (visit times are limited) blew me away. Still, the adventure of getting to the remote island halfway between Phuket and Krabi made the destination all that more rewarding. It’s good to know that swimming in Maya Bay is forbidden because of pollution from sunscreens. Still, replanted corals are reviving, and black-fin sharks are returning to their natural habitat.

So get to Maya Bay, one of the best places to visit in 2023, before the others get there!

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Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, in the heart of the Rockies

Three 10th Mountain Division Skitroopers above Camp Hale in 1944 | Public domain photo

The nation’s newest national monument is on my 2023 bucket list, and I think it should be on yours, too! We need to get there before the word gets out.

Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, commemorates the 10th Mountain Division, who trained there for winter warfare during WWII. Many fought against the Germans in the rugged Italian mountains and founded or managed US ski resorts upon returning from war.

The newest national monument is not only situated in one of the most picturesque alpine settings the world has to offer, but it’s also rich in history and native culture. Once you visit, let me know what you think about this pick for best places to visit in 2023.

Tangier, Morocco or Marrakech, Morocco

Ali and his friend talk in front of Chigaga Dunes in the Moroccan Desert | Fabien Bazanegue photo

Travel+Leisure named Morocco to their list of places to go in 2023. The exotic yet affordable destination was already on my 2023 travel list. Stay tuned to hear about my upcoming April-May 2023 adventures with Get Fit with Witt by subscribing to my travel blog now.

Magical Central Florida: the frosting on the croissant!

green pasteries with gold powder, cream topping, gold candy balls, gold glitter make for colorful breakfast in Florida
Key Lime Pastry at the Glass Knife, Orlando, Florida with key lime mousse layered with graham cracker and curd on shortbread; finished with coconut ganache, white chocolate and toasted coconut | UNSTOPPABLE Stacey photo

Couple inexpensive airfare with an over-the-top hospitality scene, and you can’t find a more affordable and welcoming destination than Central Florida. Of course, for us foodies, the frosting on the croissant is the prestigious Michelin ranking on over a dozen Orlando and Tampa restaurants.

Also named on the Travel+Leisure best places to visit in 2023 list, Central Florida and its culinary scene was not too busy when I visited in September, but get there soon before school is out to avoid the crowds.

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Princess Cruises: Discovery Princess for the VIP 360 Culinary Experience

man in black suit, gold tie and white gloves holds bottle of specialty wine in front of circular counter filled with dinner guests and video of divers hauling wine bottles out of the mediterranean Sea behind them
Our host Rafel at the 360 Experience on Discovery Princess in December | Princess Cruises courtesy photo

Cruising is back in 2023, with many cruise lines offering new and unique features to make guests feel safe and special.

Recently, I checked out Princess Cruises’ 360 Experience, which launched me on a foodie Fantasia. Read more about the VIP invite-only culinary experience and why I chose it as one of the best places to visit in 2023 in my upcoming blog post.

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Best place to visit in 2023: The Great Lakes, USA

Split Rock Lighthouse on the north Shore of Lake Superior, the largest of the great Lakes | Photo by Luke Tanis on Unsplash

Afar magazine reported that the Great Lakes were home to the largest freshwater ecosystem on the planet when they named my favorite lake system to their “Best Places to Travel in 2023.”

I once raced around Lake Superior against other Arrowhead Sports Car Club members, but driving around the ENTIRE Great Lakes is on my bucket list for retirement. So no, this time, I won’t be racing. Heck no, I’ll stop to hike, canoe and camp along the way. This is one of the best places to visit in 2023!

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4 thoughts on “Best Places to Visit in 2023 Before They Get Too Popular”

  1. Love all of your stuff! I am regularly leading group tours now to places, and some of your favorites are on my short list, including Morocco, Egypt, Thailand, and Florida. My list also includes a couple of places in Mexico, Honduras, and, hopefully someday soon India! Great memories of traveling with you in India, Stacey!

    • Your group tours sound fascinating! And it looks like we are tracking on the “Best Places to Go in 2023”! Stay in touch, my friend! Stacey


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