Are you still struggling to find exciting vacation ideas this year? Not sure where to take your next holiday? Whether you’re looking to book the best family vacation destinations, travelling as a small group or you’re a solo traveler looking to embark on the next adventure, it can be overwhelming with all of the travel choices that are currently available.
As travel ramps up again, families, groups & solo travelers are searching high and low for the perfect ideal getaway. We’ve compiled a list of the top vacation ideas to inspire you to get out and explore the world.
From exotic beaches to awe-inspiring mountain views, our list of unique vacation ideas is sure to capture the imagination of anyone looking for an unforgettable experience.
So, let’s get started and start planning your next adventure with our comprehensive list of 83 best vacation ideas.
What Are the Best Vacation Ideas for 2023?
We’ve created a list of must-do’s and bucket list-worthy holidays below – taken from all corners of the globe.
We’ve selected adventures and vacation ideas from the following criteria:
- Outstanding experiences
- Variety of locations
- Adventure levels
Here is a list of the best vacation ideas for family & solo travel.
Experience the wildlife of the African savanna on a guided safari tour. See the Great Migration, spot the Big Five, and glamp out under the stars.
Take a guided trek of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and explore some of the most impressive Incan ruins. Climb Huayna Picchu and visit the Temple of the Sun and the Incan Bridge.
3. Road Trip Through the US
Go on a Galapagos Islands cruise to explore the unique flora and fauna of the islands. Snorkel with sea lions and witness the incredible biodiversity of the region.
Relax on a Caribbean cruise and explore some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Swim with sea turtles and take in the local culture.
Explore the Amazon rainforest on a fully guided river cruise and discover the hidden wonders of the world’s largest tropical rainforest.
Sail through the Mediterranean Sea and stop off to explore some of the world’s most beautiful cities and landmarks onboard your Mediterranean Cruise. Uncover secluded bays and beaches or enjoy a lazy lunch from the cliff tops of some of the region’s most iconic locations.
Experience the unique landscape of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon tour and marvel at the stunning rock formations as you drift through Goreme Valley.
10. Explore the Old Cities of Europe
Spot penguins on the beach, hike up Lions Head or enjoy the cable car journey to the top of Table Mountain, overlooking stunning panoramic views. There’s so much to experience & do in Cape Town.
12. Explore the Great Wall of China
Take a guided tour of the Great Wall of China and see the impressive structure that spans over 5,500 miles. Looking for a multi trip that soaks in all the sights and landscapes? Check out this tour here.
Take a guided tour of the iconic Taj Mahal in India and explore the beautiful architecture of the mausoleum. Don’t stop there though! Book a guided small group tour through some of the Indian highlights.
14. Visit the Great Barrier Reef
Go scuba diving & snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and explore the colorful coral and marine life. As one of the natural wonders of the world, this experience is not to be missed. There’s so much more to do in this region than just snorkel though. Check out more options here.
Visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia and explore the ancient temples of the Khmer Empire.
Explore the culinary delights of Italy by taking a cooking class in Tuscany. Learn how to make authentic Italian dishes and enjoy the delicious results. Why not follow it up with a wine tour? Extend the experience and travel around Italy.
Spend some time exploring the stunning beaches of Thailand and take in the local culture.
18. See the Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Visit Japan in the spring to witness the beautiful cherry blossoms and explore the culture of the country.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro and take in the stunning views of the African savanna.
Explore the ancient pyramids of Giza and learn about the mysterious civilization that built them. Travel solo, in a small group or as a family by booking a fully guided trip here.
21. Ski in the Swiss Alps
Enjoy some of the best skiing in the world in the Swiss Alps and explore some of the quaint mountain villages.
Spend some time in the French countryside and explore some of the world’s most famous wine regions. What are some of your favorite French vacation ideas?
23. Traverse the Canadian Rockies
Hop onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, or one of many incredible rail expeditions and see the stunning Canadian mountainsides. Trains not your thing? Check out a huge range of Canadian fully guided tours for families, solo travelers and small groups here.
24. Explore the Mayan Ruins of Mexico
Visit the ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization in Mexico and explore the temples, pyramids, and plazas of the region.
25. Take a River Cruise Down the Amazon
Explore the Amazon rainforest on a river cruise and see the unique flora and fauna of the region.
26. Go on a Whale Watching Tour in Alaska
Take a whale-watching tour in Alaska and spot some of the world’s largest creatures in their natural habitat. Don’t stop there though – there are plenty more adventurous activities in Alaska. Cruise the passages, spot grizzly bears or hike among the Denali National Park.
27. Visit the Ancient City of Petra
Explore the ancient city of Petra in Jordan and marvel at the stunning architecture of the region.
28. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride in the Loire Valley
See the rolling hills of the Loire Valley from a hot air balloon and explore the picturesque villages of the region.
29. Meander Through the South of France
Explore hidden beaches, bays, cafes and restaurants in the South of France.
30. Swim with Whale Sharks in Ningaloo Reef
Visit Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and swim with the majestic whale sharks.
31. Visit the Twelve Apostles
Take a trip to the Great Ocean Road and visit the iconic limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles. This incredible stretch of coastline is an absolute must see with so many beautiful photo locations along the way.
32. Explore the Australian Outback
Take a road trip through the Outback and explore some of the country’s most remote regions. Visit Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park and so much more! For more Australia vacation ideas, continue reading!
33. Visit the Beaches & Jungles of Mauritius
Mauritius is an idyllic destination for families, groups and solo travelers. It’s well known for its crystal-clear waters as well as its unique blend of Indian, Creole and French cultures. This makes it a perfect spot for a diverse and unforgettable vacation.
34. Surf the Waves in Byron Bay
Take a surfing lesson and ride the waves in the popular surf town of Byron Bay. With plenty of incredible cafes, restaurants and bars to experience, be sure to add this to your Australian bucket list.
35. Sail the Whitsunday Islands
Take a sailing trip around the Whitsunday Islands and explore some of the most picturesque islands in the world. Visit the Hill Inlet & Whitehaven Beach, take a scenic helicopter tour to your very own secluded sand cay or eat your way through the cafes & restaurants at Airlie Beach.
36. Explore the Blue Mountains in New South Wales
Hike through the Blue Mountains with the whole family, or on your own solo adventure. Take in the stunning views of the region.
37. Visit Kakadu National Park
Feast your eyes on the stunning landscape of the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory and see some of the unique animals and plants of the region. Check out Yellow Water Billabong Tours for the ultimate taste of life in the ‘top end’. Here’s some of the top places to visit in the Northern Territory.
38. Visit Yellowstone National Park
Take a family trip to Yellowstone National Park and explore the unique wildlife and geothermal features of the region.
39. Go Camping in the Grand Canyon
Spend some time camping in the Grand Canyon and explore the stunning views of the area. Nothing beats good old fashioned vacation ideas quite like camping!
40. Visit Banff & Lake Louise
Be it winter or summer, you’re in for a treat with a truly wondrous experience in nature with a visit to Banff & Lake Louise.
41. Get Up Close to Niagara Falls
Take a trip to Niagara Falls and view one of the most powerful & stunning waterfalls in the world.
42. Sail the Greek Islands
Take a sailing trip around the Greek Islands and explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
43. Relax on the Beaches of the Maldives
Spend some time relaxing on the stunning beaches of the Maldives and explore the local culture.
44. Visit the Islands of Hawaii
Take a trip to Hawaii and explore some of the most beautiful islands in the world.
45. Visit the Seychelles
Don’t skip the stunning islands of the Seychelles! Take in the tropical beauty of the region.
46. Relax on the Beaches of Bora Bora
Spend some time relaxing on the stunning beaches of Bora Bora and discover what life in the islands is really like. There’s plenty to see and do in French Polynesia, not to mention a plethora of islands to visit. Ensure you know all the hidden gems and things to do in French Polynesia before you go.
47. Backpack Through Central America
Take a backpacking trip through Central America and explore some of the most beautiful countries in the region.
48. Relax, Unwind and Enjoy a Trip to Bali
Visit the beaches, islands and rainforests of Bali at any time of year. It’s a destination perfect for both solo travelers and families.
49. Explore the Old Cities of Europe
Visit some of the oldest cities in Europe, like Prague, Vienna, and Krakow. Take a walking tour to explore the architecture and history of the region.
50. Trek Through Nepal
Take a trekking trip through Nepal and explore some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
51. Visit Disney World
Enjoy a friends or family vacation family at Disney World and explore the theme park, resorts, and entertainment that the area has to offer. This truly has to be the world’s best amusement park for families and small groups.
52. Visit Universal Studios
Take a trip to Universal Studios and explore some of the world’s most iconic movie sets. This has to be one of the ultimate family vacations.
53. Experience the Highlights of NYC
Welcome to the city that never sleeps. The highlights list is endless. Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge…the list is endless.
54. Discover Singapore
This incredible city has so much on offer! Visit Sentosa Island, the S.E.A Aquarium, stay at one of many incredibly beautiful resorts and discover a thriving culinary food scene.
55. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka
56. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida
57. Explore Tasmania’s Remote Wilderness in Australia
Hike along dolerite cliffs on the most acclaimed multi-day hike in the world, sample incredible food and wine and uncover the remote Wild West Coast of Tasmania.
58. Take a Trip to Milford Sound
Take a trip to the stunning Milford Sound and explore the unique landscape of the area. Stay in incredible accommodation by towering mountains and explore the incredible beauty of the sound on a day cruise.
59. Hike the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand
Take a day hike of the Tongariro Crossing and explore some of the most stunning views of the region.
60. Explore the Bay of Islands
Take a trip to the Bay of Islands and explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
61. Visit Franz Josef Glacier
Take a trip to Franz Josef Glacier and explore some of the world’s most stunning glaciers. A heli-hike tour to the glacier is a must do! Experience a scenic helicopter flight, snow landing and more!
62. Discover the Beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula
Spend some time relaxing on the stunning beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula and explore the local culture.
63. Take a Trip to Stonehenge
Take a trip to Stonehenge and explore the mysterious Stone Age monument.
64. Visit the Cotswold’s
Take a trip to the Cotswold’s and explore some of the most beautiful villages in the UK.
65. Spend Some Time in the Lake District
Spend some time exploring the stunning scenery of the Lake District in the UK and take in the local culture.
66. Explore the Ruins of Hadrian’s Wall
Take a trip to Hadrian’s Wall and explore some of the most impressive ruins of the area.
67. Explore the Castles & Natural Beauty of Scotland
Take a trip to Scotland and explore some of the most beautiful castles & scenery in the world.
68. Take a Road Trip Through Norway
Take a road trip through Norway and explore the stunning scenery of the country.
69. Explore the Old Towns of Sweden
Explore the old towns of Sweden and take in the unique architecture of the region.
70. Visit the Fjords of Denmark
Take a trip to the stunning fjords of Denmark and explore some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.
71. Take a Trip to Lapland
Take a trip to Lapland and experience the unique culture of the region. Visit the Santa Claus village, take a sled dog tour or experience the Northern Lights in the Aurora Village.
72. Explore the Old Towns Near Finland
Explore the old buildings and towns of Finland and take in the charming architecture of the area.
73. Escape to Heron Island, Australia
Immerse yourself in nature with an unforgettable trip to Heron Island Australia. Watch the turtles nest and hatch early morning, or dive and snorkel all day long.
74. Explore the Beaches & Rainforest on the Gold Coast, Australia
You’ll never be short on hikes and adventures with a trip to Lamington National Park & Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland. You can stay at O’reilly’s Rainforest Retreat or the Binna Burra Lodge. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the colony of glow worms either.
75. Discover the Beauty of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.
You won’t be bored on a trip to Cairns, Australia. This is where the Daintree Rainforest meets the see – the only place in the world where two world heritage listed areas collide. Take a scenic flight over The Great Barrier Reef, explore incredible jungles and waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, visit Fitzroy Island and so much more!
76. Swim with Turtles & Manta Rays on Lady Elliot Island
A stunning Coral Cay on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, best known for its abundant Manta Ray season. Watch turtles’ nest and hatch and experience a once in a lifetime, immersive experience in nature.
77. Spend a Week on Rottnest Island, Australia
Located just off Perth, Rottnest Island is home to the happiest animal on earth – the quokka!
78. Adventure Around Kgari Island
Experience fun in the sun on the world’s largest sand island – Kgari Island (formerly Fraser Island). Visit the spectacular Lake McKenzie, go whale watching, spot wild dingoes and visit some of the most incredible natural scenery on the East Coast of Australia. Check out this list here of the best things to do on The Fraser Coast.
79. Discover the Locations of the Lord of the Rings in New Zealand.
Welcome to middle earth! Hop on a sightseeing tour of the famous locations used in the film franchise. Stay in beautiful towns and road trip around North and South Islands that make New Zealand one of the most picturesque locations on the planet.
80. The Cook Islands
Be whisked away to complete seclusion and paradise with a visit to the Cook Islands. Explore paradise on earth in Rarotonga and Aitutaki. You won’t want to leave. This is heaven on earth!
81. Explore the Komodo Islands
Uncover the remote islands of East Nusa Tenggara, see Komodo dragons, dive and snorkel in endless coral gardens and even swim with manta rays.
This might be ultra bucket list, but it deserves a spot on the list as one of the ultimate vacation ideas out there! Cruise past mesmerizing icebergs, watch colonies of penguins and uncover the very special landscape that is Antarctica.
83. Escape to a Lost Paradise in the Islands of Vanuatu
The best hidden beaches on the planet rest here in Vanuatu. Snorkel the most beautiful coral gardens, immerse yourself in traditional cultures and completely switch off with a trip to Vanuatu. Uncover Espiritu Santo, the blue swimming holes and lagoons and so much more.
There we have it! Our comprehensive list of the best vacation ideas in 2023! There’s something for everyone, whether you’re travelling with a family or going solo. For family vacations, destinations such as Hawaii, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean offer a range of activities to keep everyone entertained, and all at an affordable price.
For solo or small group travelers, a road trip across the United States or a trip to a remote island in the Mediterranean may be the perfect getaway. Whatever your destination choice might be, 2023 promises plenty of exciting and memorable experiences to wet the appetite for every kind of traveler.
What is the Best Place to Go On Vacation?
There are so many incredible places to vacation. It really comes down to your style of travel, and what you expect when travelling. These vacation ideas are a great starting point, so do some research and see what else you might be able to add to improve your holiday and expand upon.
Personally, I love New Zealand! It’s the ultimate location to hike, unwind, explore and adventure. It ticks all the boxes for me as a solo traveler and someone who also likes to travel as in small group.
Where is the Best Place to Vacation with a Family?
With a family vacation, there’s a bit more to consider. Family friendly destinations should tick a variety of boxes, with affordability and accessibility at the forefront. You might want to explore family friendly options that are close to major attractions and transportation.
Consider places like Singapore (theme parks, great accommodation and plenty of great public transport), or perhaps a family cruise.
What Are the World’s Top 10 Tourism Destinations?
Here’s a list of the world’s top tourism destinations:
- United States
Where is the Best Cheapest Place to Vacation?
Typically, Southeast Asia and Central America have been some of the most affordable places to travel for decades. This will depend largely on your budget and travel requirements. Try destinations such as Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico & Cambodia.
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