Travel Bucket List for 2023
Wait, what? 2023 is almost here? Time to start planning!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past couple of years it’s that you never know what the year will bring. That’s why these days I’m more focused than ever on creating special experiences in addition to just ticking countries off my must-see list.
So, let’s talk about adventures that can’t be missed. No matter if you’re staying close to home or traveling internationally, these bucket list items are about the experience — rather than the destination.
Considering a trek with your sweetie, your bestie, or your family? Here are my top picks to add to your bucket list. Whether you’re in Bali or Boston, here are some epic experiences for you to consider.
Bucket List for Solo Travel
Make this next year, the year of YOU. Rather than focusing on what you want to change about yourself in the new year, let’s talk about what you’re going to embrace. Dig into the things you love and treat yourself.
Benefits of traveling solo are abundant. There is nothing more empowering that going it solo sometimes. It is an opportunity to call the shots, with no-one else to consider. While it can be a little scary to put yourself out there, I promise you – you will return with a next level feeling that there is nothing you can’t do.
Some tips include getting out of the room! Splurge on that elaborate dinner for 1, sit at the bar and strike up conversation with the locals, or stroll along the streets and look for that perfect gelato place. You are the guide, and you call the shots.
I have met some life-long friends from solo travel, so go with an open mind and open heart, and be ready to get exploring. Getting out of your comfort zone is actually, very comforting.
Favorite Places to Travel Solo
- Barcelona, Spain
- Bali, Indonesia
- Sayulita, Mexico
Bucket List for Travel with Your Someone Special
What’s better than spending time with that special someone? While it sounds cliche, it is crucial to run away together every now and again. Jetting off on a whirlwind romantic getaway will breathe fresh air into your relationship and your life.
In my case this past spring, I embarked on a girl-getaway to Europe, only to have my husband join halfway along the adventure. Yes, he was invited, and yes, all the girls adored him, but that was an interesting balance of ensuring time for him, friends, and yourself.
Exploring romantic hotels in the world, whether they are in your own hometown or across the globe, and luxuriating with your favorite person in the world is the ultimate treat. Layer that in whenever possible.
Favorite Places to Travel with that Someone Special
- Sedona, Arizona
- Lake Louise, Canada
- Grasse, France
Bucket List for Travel with Your Bestie
Can traveling with your best friend improve your relationship and make you grow closer together? You bet it can!
From making new memories, to learning more about each other, traveling with your best friend can make your relationship stronger.
Traveling together means you’ll be able to make precious memories that no one else will have experienced. Whether it’s laughing till you cry after a few too many Sangrias, or feeling nineteen again when an Italian waiter gives you both a wink, those are the moments that you’ll share forever.
Favorite Places to Travel with Your Bestie
- Rome, Italy
- Napa, California
Bucket List for Travel with Your Family
My kids were bit early from the travel bug. It is one of the best gifts you can give them. An opportunity to see the world, experience new cultures, embrace different food, connect with local people, and broaden their communication skills.
Favorite trip with my kiddos was to Hawaii. I remember how excited they were when I cashed in a zillion frequent flyer miles to travel first class, how they proudly wore their leis, and how wide-eyed they were in watching traditional hula performances as the men wielded fire, and the women danced to the beat.
Seeing the world through your children’s eyes is a true wonderment. It validates all the hard work, expanding their young minds, sharing those memories.
The past few years, life has guided my kids (now young adults) to their own paths. I can only hope they will continue to navigate life with same excitement as they had when they had toes in the sand on those Hawaiian Islands way back when. It’s a big, big world.
Favorite Places to Travel with Your Family
- The Bahamas
- Oahu, Hawaii
- Swiss Alps