Revealed: The hottest travel destinations for Americans in 2023 (2024)

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It’s a whole wide world out there, but these four places are trending into the new year.

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Erika Mailman

As we shift into the end of year, our thoughts naturally turn to travel in the new year. Part of getting through the doldrums of winter is daydreaming about the exciting trips to come. Once we clear away gray clouds or mud-flecked snow, we're ready to hit the airport. The luxury travel company Red Savannah has compiled a list of travel trends for 2023, including the top four destinations.

First, let’s cover those trends. ‘Skip Gen Travel’ is a term covering grandparents taking grandchildren on trips, which allows them to bond – and for parents to get some much-needed alone time. This sweet way to spend time with elders (and with youngers) is gaining momentum in 2023. Additionally, one-on-one family travel is becoming popular. This means one parent takes one child (hopefully rotating to capture everybody at some point during the year) on a special trip, so the two can give full attention to each other.

More people are trying to do hands-on sustainable travel, which means they may be traveling in lesser-known areas to reduce impact and spend tourism dollars at mom-and-pop restaurants and small hotels rather than at chains. These travelers are also trying to avoid the use of single-use plastics during the trip. Two sports trends we are seeing in travel are e-biking, which lets you travel farther without exhaustive pedaling, and wild swimming, where you jump into natural rivers, lakes and oceans to connect with nature for physical and mental benefits. Forget that chlorinated pool! Finally, elevated concierge services, where travelers consult someone else to help do the planning, is on the rise.

Given those trends, where are Americans looking to go in 2023?

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The much-anticipated opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza Plateau near the Great Pyramids in Cairomay happen this year, and for sure in 2023. That means savvy travelers are booking their trips to be some of the first to see this first-ever gathering of all the Tutankhamen artifacts in one facility built expressly for that purpose. There will be over 100,000 artifacts on display and show-stopping architecture (such as the incredible atrium with upright statue of Ramses II pictured above—the building was constructed around the colossus). But Egypt is worth visiting even without this new facility: try the magnificent sights of Cairo, board a felucca to travel down the Nile, and see Karnak Temple in Luxor and across the Nile, the Valley of the Kings.

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Paris is always at the top of many travel lists, and with good reason. New in 2023 is the chance to visit The Hôtel de la Marine on Place de la Concorde (yep, close to the site of the guillotine, marked by the obelisk), opened to the public for the first time since the French Revolution. For 226 years, the navy ministry has occupied the space and only departed in 2015. If you visited Paris in recent years, you’ve seen this structure behind orange fencing. Now, you can go in! It’s as fancy (almost) as Versailles and doesn’t require you to leave the city. Another fresh opportunity is the Pinault Collection of art at the Bourse de Commerce, which opened in May 2021 with more than 5,000 modern pieces.

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Walk or cycle the Trans-Bhutan Trail, a not-for profit social and tourism enterprise that restored the trail used for hundreds of years by pilgrims, traders, messengers and soldiers. After closing in the 1960s, it reopened this year and provides the chance to walk for 28 days through 250 miles, 400 cultural sites and 10,000 stairs. It has spectacular views of the Himalayan Kingdom and its cultural heritage along the trail, including the Tiger’s Nest monastery pictured here. Plus? Bhutan is the world’s only carbon negative country. As should be the case, 100 percent of profits go back into the trail and the communities who live along it. Beware, however, of a heavy daily tax.

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This gorgeous Mediterranean island off the tip of Italy’s boot offers vineyards, beaches, temple ruins, mosaic masterpieces and of course: culinary feats (cannoli, anyone?). But please do not bring your Godfather references; that practice was banned in Catania last year! Instead, drop by one of Sicily’s six UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Necropolis of Pantalica, where thousands of 13th to 7th century BCE tombs are cut into the rockface, or the very volcanic Mount Etna. Many people say Palermo is one of the cities you must visit in your lifetime: there, we said it, too.

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    Where are Americans traveling the most 2023? ›

    Skift Take
    Destination cityShare of bookings 20232023 Ranking
    Cancun, Mexico17.5%1
    London, UK8.5%2
    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic8.1%3
    Montego Bay, Jamaica5.8%4
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    Nov 9, 2023

    What is the number one tourist destination in the world 2023? ›

    International arrivals to London are up 17% in 2023. Istanbul topped the list for the number of international arrivals in 2023, followed by London and then Dubai.

    What is the most Googled travel destination in 2023? ›

    Greece topped the list of the Top 10 most Googled countries in the world to travel to in 2023, according to Conde Nast Traveler with Rhodes leading the way among the most Googled travel islands in 2023.

    What is the most popular holiday destination in 2023? ›

    The most Googled countries of 2023
    1. Greece. Greece has topped the list of the most Googled countries to travel to in 2023.
    2. Spain. This country is beautiful year-round, but there's something particularly special about visiting Spain in the off-season. ...
    3. Italy. ...
    4. Portugal. ...
    5. Croatia. ...
    6. Cyprus. ...
    7. Thailand. ...
    8. Egypt. ...
    Dec 11, 2023

    Where not to go on vacation 2023? ›

    Learn about your destination
    AdvisoryLevelDate Updated
    Iraq Travel AdvisoryLevel 4: Do Not TravelOctober 22, 2023
    Italy Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionJuly 26, 2023
    Jamaica Travel AdvisoryLevel 3: Reconsider TravelJanuary 23, 2024
    Jordan Travel AdvisoryLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionJuly 13, 2023
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    What is the number one travel destination for Americans? ›

    While 39.3 million U.S. residents visited Mexico in one year, 15 million made a trip to Canada. Third on the list is the UK with 3.9 million visitors in 2019, followed by the Italy with 3.2 million and France with 3.1 million travelers.

    What is the number 1 vacation destination in the world? ›

    Most visited destinations by international tourist arrivals
    RankDestinationChange (2020 to 2021) (%)
    3United States15.0
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    What is the least visited country 2023? ›

    Here are the least visited countries in the world 2024
    RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals, 2023
    2Marshall Islands6100
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    Jan 15, 2024

    What is the most searched vacation? ›

    In 2023, these were the most-searched-for international cities by U.S.-based travelers:
    • Cancún, Mexico.
    • London, England.
    • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
    • Paris, France.
    • Rome, Italy.
    • Tokyo, Japan.
    • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
    • Dubai, UAE.
    Dec 11, 2023

    What is the most popular travel destination in 2024? ›

    Tokyo is the top trending destination for 2024, according to Tripadvisor. Japan was among the last countries to ease border closures after the Covid-19 pandemic and now that they are open again, tourists are getting in line to visit the country.

    What is the most searched question in 2023? ›

    Top 10 Most-Asked Questions On Google In 2023
    RankQuestionAverage Monthly Search Volume
    1how many ounces in a cup9,140,000
    2how to download whatsapp7,480,000
    3where's my refund6,120,000
    4how bmi calculator6,120,000
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    Where is the riskiest place to travel 2023? ›

    The most dangerous countries in the world 2023
    • Afghanistan.
    • Yemen.
    • Syria.
    • South Sudan.
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    • Russia.
    • Ukraine.
    • Somalia.
    Nov 27, 2023

    What is the safest country to travel to in 2023? ›

    2023 might be the perfect time to take that bucket list trip to Amsterdam as the Netherlands has been named the safest country to travel to in the new year, according to research from Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. "Amsterdam is one of the world's safest cities, according to the American travelers we surveyed.

    Which is the most beautiful country in 2023? ›

    Indonesia's stunning beauty, Tanzania's captivating allure, Japan's enchanting charm, Costa Rica's unique exoticism, and India's remarkable diversity collectively constitute the list of the world's most breathtaking countries, carefully selected by Bark and Explore.

    Which country do Americans travel to the most? ›

    In each year, most Americans who travel outside the USA go to Mexico (the most), Canada, somewhere in the Caribbean, and one or two countries in Europe.

    Are people traveling more in 2023? ›

    More than half (60%) of respondents expect to travel more internationally in 2023 than they did in 2022, and nearly half (46%) plan to take more domestic trips in 2023 vs 2022. For the majority of people, that means taking at least two domestic trips and two international trips this year.

    How many Americans will travel in 2023? ›

    Revenge Travel Is Here To Stay: 83% Of Americans Will Travel By The End Of 2023. With more than 50 million redeemed miles under her belt, Becky Pokora is a rewards travel expert. She's been writing about credit cards and reward travel since 2011 with articles on Forbes Advisor, BoardingArea, The Points Guy and more.


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