Moscow Russia
After more than 24 months of not being able to travel, we know that you can’t wait to reconnect with the world. As the extensive travel is all geared to make a triumphant come back in 2023, you will be looking forward to take the much-deserved, long-haul holiday. But, if you don’t know where to head this year, here we come with the list of

most popular destinations in the world

. Take your pick now!

1. The UAE

Madame Tussauds Dubai

Although we have compiled these destinations not in any particular order, the UAE is top on this list for a reason. Its most visited emirate, Dubai, was recently chosen as the Most Popular Destination of 2023 at TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. It also became the topper in the list of Best Destination for City Lovers. Apart from Dubai, each of the UAE’s emirates such as Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah and Ajman, is special.

If you are looking for more reasons to visit UAE in 2023, it now hosts Dubai Expo 2020 which will be on till 31st March 2022. The place also has to its credit a vast array of brand-new, superlative attractions, such as Ain Dubai, the View at the Palm, Madame Tussauds Dubai and the National Aquarium at Abu Dhabi.

2. Belize

Xunantunich Belize

Belize has been ranked among the Lonely Planet’s ‘Best In Travel’ list of Top 10 Country to travel in 2023. With its unequaled combo of exciting wildlife, stunning islands, and inspiring cultural landmarks, Belize is a surefire favorite of nature lovers, adventurists, outdoor enthusiasts, water sport lovers and eco tourists alike. It is also where you get to learn about the ancient Maya civilization, mingle with friendly locals, and savor tasty foods.

3. Turkey

The Blue Mosque Turkey

Turkey is the place that has it all! An intriguing mix of historical and cultural landmarks plus bustling cities and striking beauty, all enhanced by high-end COVID-19 safety protocols, promises you an unforgettable holiday. As Turkey is now open for tourism, check out the main attractions in its capital city of Istanbul, take a hot air balloon ride over the breathtaking valleys of Cappadocia, and visit the surreal spa town of Pamukkale. There are more wonders by way of the age-old Pergamum, Sumela Monastery and Antalya.

4. Japan

Fujiyoshida Japan

Japan may be now closed for tourism due to the surge of Omicron variant across the world, but it is one of the top destinations that people can’t wait to travel once it is open. After all, this country excels in every segment, be it super hygienic hotels, well maintained common places, top-notch infrastructure, diverse history, cultural attractions, revered shrines and monasteries, and of course, unequaled natural scenery. And not to mention about its vibrant festivals as well as the scrumptious ever culinary delights such as Sushi, Sashimi, Miso Soup, Kaiseki, and Tempura to name a few.

5. Sri Lanka

Nine Arches Bridge, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a South Asian country with its own charm. The place boasts of unspoiled natural landscape marked by abundance of greenery, wildlife and incredible beauty. Adventurists will instantly fall for its endless thrill-packed options available across both land and water, while the history and nature enthusiasts will be spoilt for choices with the region’s many historical landmarks, stunning waterfalls and UNESCO-listed forest reserves. Moreover, sun-and-sand seekers have everything they crave for in their beach getaway, thanks to its awe-inspiring beaches including Unawatuna, Uppuveli and Medaketiya. So what more reasons do you need to recharge yourself in 2023?

6. Georgia

Gergeti Trinity Church, Georgia

If you are looking for a pocket-friendly European destination to escape in this New Year, Georgia should be definitely on your travel bucketlist 2023. It boasts of everything in right measure to promise you the best holiday of your lifetime – classic old and majestic new capital cities, impressive long past, history-steeped Soviet structures, holy churches, scenic monasteries, and out of the world mountain villages (including the European region’s highest settlement). Add to this over 8000-year-old wine making technique – it has not only taken Georgia to the UNESCO’s intangible heritage list, but also made it the oldest wine producing country.

7. Jordan

Petra Jordan

This Middle Eastern gem has made into this list for its epic ruins, extraordinary natural exquisiteness, revered places of interest, and modern cities. The celebrated archeological city of Petra, believed to have been built in 312 BCE, alone is enough to draw visitors to Jordan, which is often mistaken as a place of war and turbulence. This underrated place will also win you for its yum foods, heartwarming hospitality and mostly, the striking attractions like Dana Biosphere Reserve (which is the largest of its kind in the country). So be sure to visit this place of wonders which is now safe to travel.

8. Russia

Moscow Russia

The largest country in the world is copiously generous when it comes to its offerings too. Spread over two continents (Europe and Asia), a visit to Russia guarantees you the best of both worlds, with its close to 50 national parks, splendid cities, magnificent architectures, extensive yet diverse landscape, and mostly the blend of several cultures and their strong influences. In a condensed nut shell, the place is a perfect choice for travelers from all categories – no matter you are here for its eventful history, lively culture, stunning sights or surreal natural beauty.

9. Ireland

Rope Bridge Ireland

The capital city of Ireland was recently added among Lonely Planet’s ‘Best In Travel 2023’ under the category of Top 10 Cities. But, Ireland is not all about Dublin; it is equally popular for its other full-of-life cities such as Belfast, Cork, and Waterford. Moreover, the country is full of inspiring landscapes and jaw-dropping natural beauty, helped by friendly locals, exuberant pub culture, and flavorsome foods. So, if it is a holiday packed with fascinating experiences you are looking for, Ireland is your go-to place.

10. Finland

Helsinki Cathedral Finland

Make up for all those lost treasured holiday moments by spending your much-awaited vacation with the happiest people on the earth. Yes, head to Finland where its combination of irresistible beauty, historical cities, marvelous lakes, glorious national parks, fresh crisp air, extremely friendly locals and extraordinary natural phenomenon (such as the Northern Lights) assures you of the refreshing ever escape. Finland is a compact destination means all of its main attractions are easily accessible, making it easy for you to craft a stress-free travel program.


While we have amassed this list mostly based on current safety aspects and prestigious rankings, make sure that you conduct a thorough research to verify whether your chosen destination from above is safe to travel or not. Along with this, be sure to take all appropriate precautions; complete the initial vaccination dosages (if you haven’t yet), get your booster jabs, wear proper masks, and sanitize your hands in regular intervals during travel, among others.

So, which destination you would like to visit in 2023? Now if you need any help with planning your dream vacation, contact our holiday specialists at Rayna Tours. They will not only guide you to choose the right destination, but also plan every element of it, from taking care of visa formalities, flight tickets and hotel reservation to the arrangement of tours and activities.

Rezmin is passionate about traveling and curating content about history, traditions and other intriguing aspects that make a place attractive. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fictional books sprinkled with inspiration, humor and enthusiasm.

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