6 destinations for your 2023 travel bucket list

They say that travel broadens the mind. And it’s certainly true that the more places you visit and the more experiences that you have, it can give you a very different perspective on life.

It’s also become easier than ever to get out there to explore. That’s thanks to budget airlines as well as the more flexible working lives that many of us are lucky to have.

And it’s not just short haul that’s possible. By shopping around on sites like Skyscanner you can also find some real long-haul bargains. Again, it’s all a question about being flexible and maybe not minding to much if you have to depart or arrive in the middle of the night.

So there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored – and here are six destinations that would make for perfect stop-off points en route.


Pretty much anywhere that you head in the Caribbean you’ll be set for a warm welcome and an amazing experience. But Barbados has to be pretty close to the top of the list. The weather’s warm all year round, even in the July to November rainy season and the vibe is distinctly laid-back. The west coast is the developed side of the small island as well as being home to the capital Bridgetown. The Atlantic-facing east coast is all the more rugged and dramatic and includes some of the world’s best surfing beaches. There’s also the full range of places to eat and drink from hugely expensive restaurants like The Cliff in Payne’s Bay to the ubiquitous rum shops and roti stalls where you can eat and drink for just a few Barbadian dollars.


Few European cities have had quite as significant role to play in modern history as Berlin. Famously split into East and West as the dust settled after the Second World War it seems almost impossible to remember when the infamous wall divided the city. However there are many reminders for the tourist including museums featuring artefacts from the GDR as East Germany was called. Easy to get around thanks to the city U-Bahn system, there’s plenty to see with a particular high point being the stunning Reichstag Building close to the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Book a time to ascend its circular walk way for incredible 360o views of the surrounding cityscape. Also well worth a visit is the 1936 Olympic Stadium which is right on the edge of the city, about a 25 minute train ride aways


In recent times, Macau has become an increasingly popular stopover point for visitors to the Far East. It may be a special administrative region of China but it has none of the restrictions found on the mainland. Much of its success and appeal has been built on the booming casino industry there with many Las Vegas names like The Venetian, the MGM and Wynn having a strong presence. These all have huge number of slots and other games waiting to be enjoyed. So anyone planning a trip might be advised to get some practice in on a game like Meg Moolah at an online casino like Jackpotjoy. The architecture of the original parts of the old city is also a fascinating bend of the Chinese and the Portuguese who occupied it between the 16th and 19th centuries.


Travel to the southern Spanish city of Seville in the spring and you’ll find that the air is fragranced by the blossom of the many orange trees that line the streets. Incidentally, this is the best time to visit as it can become oppressively hot, and filled with tourists, at the height of summer. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to visit but the cathedral is a must. Once the Grand Mosque when Seville was under Arab rule, you can still see inscriptions from the timed carved into its walls. Also, inside the cathedral itself, you’ll find the tomb of Christopher Columbus who set out from the city on his voyage to discover the New World.

New York

So where better to head off to next than that quintessential city of the New World, New York? For the first-time visitor, it really is like everything you’ve ever seen in the movies. Steaming drains, hooting yellow cabs, famously impatient New Yorkers with very little patience should you hold them up on the sidewalk, you’ll find all these and more. As to where to visit, the Metropolitan Museum should be a priority along with the nearby Guggenheim. Plus plenty of sights cost nothing at all from the magnificent Grand Central Station to the Staten Island Ferry offering great views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty


Visitors to Morocco tend to make a bee-line for Marrakesh, famous for its souks and the Jemaa el-Fnaa square. But Fes is just as vibrant and, arguably, even more appealing. It’s the most complete medieval city that still remains in the Arab world and the oldest part is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the Souk el Attarine it’s the perfect place to buy traditional handicrafts in a place perfumed by spice stalls and incense. It’s also the gastronomic capital of Morocco whether you’re enjoying street food or visiting one of its many excellent restaurants.

So, hopefully, we’ve left you inspired to spread your wings in 2023 – and given you six great suggestions about where to land if you do.

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