The top 10 travel trends we predict will be everywhere in 2023

Whether you are looking for a unique hidden gem for a peaceful week away from it all or if you have saved up for a great beach vacation with all your friends, now is the perfect time to start imagining your travel plans and adventures in 2023. But where to start and what will be the most popular types of trips this year?

Even though we don’t have a crystal ball, we have some ideas.

So if you have travel in mind (and maybe even dominates your latest vision board), then we’ve got you covered: we’ve rounded up 10 of the top travel trends we expect to be talking about throughout the year.


silent journeys

In 2023, it is clear that remote work is more than a passing or pandemic-induced fad for many of us, and that’s where this increasingly popular travel trend comes in. “Silent Journeys” are short trips that remote workers take – without telling their employer.

As Forbes Explain, silent travel will be important in 2023 because it allows remote workers to engage in digital nomadism (i.e. traveling while working for about a week, rather than years) while remaining employed . Basically, silent travelers go to a place, log in, do their thing, and then explore their new location when they log out.

See also: Here’s how much a Vancouver woman spent on a weekend in San Francisco.

A young woman wearing a hat looks out of a train window.

Train journey

All aboard! Traveling by train will feature on more and more travel itineraries in the coming year. What brings people back on track? According to latest Pinterest Predicts reportpeople are looking for ways to travel more sustainably and explore while having a lower ecological impact – and the trains understand this mission.

“With faster boarding, extra legroom, scenic views and a reduced carbon footprint, Gen Z and Millennials will find a renewed love for this timeless mode of transportation,” the report notes.

In Canada, train journey is a big option for solo travelersalso.

Related: Pinterest Predicts: These will be the top 5 date ideas for Gen Z in 2023.

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More sustainable trips

In a world where the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation are increasingly prevalent globally – and in Canada — more and more travelers are looking for ways to travel in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

For some, that means avoiding destinations where the environment needs a break from excessive tourism where to look Indigenous-led or community tourism experiences. For the others, sustainable travel can mean avoiding air travel (as we mentioned earlier, train travel will be more popular this year – and that’s part of the reason why) or booking eco-friendly accommodations.

You might also like: Fashion takes a big step towards sustainability with new legislation.

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Plateau jet and television tourism

Have you ever watched a show and been more interested in where it is filmed than the show itself? Do you like certain shows so much that you want to immerse yourself in the world on screen by taking a life-size visit? Enter: set-jetting, a travel trend that is on the rise this year.

Whether visiting historical sites (at the The crown trekking fans in England), see the places where famous fantasy epics are created (think: New Zealand for Hobbit fans) or just feeling glamorous on your vacation (ahem, Emily in Paris lovers traveling to Paris), travel with a pop culture connection is important right now.

Indeed, according to Expedia’s 2023 Travel Trends Report39% of global travelers have booked trips to destinations after watching them on streaming shows or movies.

Related: Our predictions on where ‘The White Lotus’ Season 3 could be filmed.

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nostalgic trip

Maybe it’s because we’ve all just been through a global pandemic, or maybe it’s because the world can seem so scary right now with the war in Ukraine and a difficult economy in Canada — whatever the reason, embracing the power of nostalgia has been a comforting balm to everything from our fashion to our beauty trends to, well, travel.

It makes sense: Nostalgic getaways — such as trips to theme parks or multi-generational “family reunion” vacations — allow millennials and Gen Z to embrace what, for many of us, looks like simpler times. In fact, in a survey of over 24,000 travellers, found that almost nine out of ten respondents (88%) want to take a nostalgic getaway in 2023.

Related: The 10 best places to travel in January 2023 outside of Canada.

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Economy travel

Balancing the desire to travel with the rising cost of living and financial challenges is never easy, but in 2023 more of us will strive to do so. Travel Survey 2023 also found that while travel is still important to many (50% said investing their money in vacations is a top priority in 2023), the majority of travelers are watching the bill closely, with 68% saying they “will pay close attention to how much they spend on their adventures.”

Related: Want to save on your trips in 2023? here are a few tips.

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International destinations

What are the best travel destinations for 2023? Although it varies from person to person and depending on where you are in the world, a recent report from the Airbnb vacation rental platform offers some insights. The report revealed that the most popular travel destinations for international travel in 2023 are Spain (Málaga), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne and Perth), New Zealand (Auckland and Queenstown), Thailand ( Bangkok) and Brazil (Florianópolis, Porto Seguro and Salvador).

Related: ‘Down to Earth’: Zac Efron shares his favorite Australian travel adventures.

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Transformational Travel Retreats

According to to Conde Nast Travelertransformational retreats – AKA “traveling for self-improvement” – will be one of the biggest trends in 2023. From trips designed to help you find your life’s purpose, to adventures as you work to overcome grief, trips booked with specific goals, intentions and hopes for transformation are likely to be prioritized.

See also: The cheapest times to travel to these popular destinations.

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culinary journey

If transformational travel isn’t your thing, chances are you won’t say no to good – no, unbelievable — food that we find with our next travel trend: culinary tourism.

What is Culinary Tourism? Similar to Transformational Travel, Culinary Travel focuses on one goal: pairing foods you can’t find at home with travel. Here is some of the most delicious culinary travel experiences to add to your list of choices for 2023 (including some options in Canada).

You might also like: The best small towns in Europe to visit in 2023.

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Access to airport lounges

If you have to spend time in an airport, you might as well take advantage of it if you can, even if you’re not a very wealthy elite traveler. As we learned recently, you do not necessarily need to travel first class to access all airport lounges: some are accessible as a bonus with certain credit cards or for a nominal fee. Free or affordable upgrades can make a big difference to the overall comfort of a travel experience – so we’re betting more people will be looking their way around this year.

Related: 10 carry-on options under $175.

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