Popular Destination Options for 2023

As the year draws to a close, we reflect on what was and begin looking forward to what may be in store for us in the future. Typically, this means making plans to enrich our lives and improve our health. But, it’s also a time to get ahead on preparations for your next big vacation. Especially as the world recovers from the fear of COVID-19 and travelling international becomes normal again. 

So, whether you’re gearing up to travel for the first time in a few years or ready to check off your next bucket list destination, here are some exciting options Canadians should consider in the year 2023.

  1. Isla Mujeres, Mexico: Translated to “Women Island” in Spanish, this popular tourist destination is located in the Caribbean Sea, just southeast of Mexico, in the Quintana Roo State. The warm and crystal clear waters are home to incredible marine life. Isla Mujeres offers lots to do for the thrill seeker and adventurer, including scuba diving, snorkeling, and parasailing. This vibrant island is also home to beautiful, white sand beaches.
  2. Havana, Cuba: With its mix of warm weather, calm waters, and geography, Havana, Cuba has become a tourism giant over the last few decades for sun seekers and beach goers. Particularly the chain of beaches to the east; Playas del Este. This idyllic stretch of sand is just a few minutes outside of Havana, and contains an array of hotels, restaurants, and activities for vacationers who are looking to relax and take in the Caribbean climate.
  3. Bridgetown, Barbados: Since the 1960s, tourism has been a crucial part of the economy in Barbados. And while it may not be the most popular Caribbean destination, Bridgetown, Barbados still offers plenty to see and do for visitors. A prime destination for cruise ships, the city is filled with tropical golf courses, exquisite shopping, and beautiful private villas. 
  1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia: The largest religious monument in the world, this 12th century temple, with its unique blend of Hindu and Buddhist symbolism, is a hotbed for tourists visiting Cambodia. In 2018, Angkor Wat had over 2.6 million visitors. The temple site, which sits on nearly 400 acres, and has undergone extensive renovation several times throughout its history—revealing incredible sculptures and impressive architecture.
  2. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England: Considered one of the world’s greatest architectural mysteries, and one of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom, this prehistoric monument consists of multiple standing stones is believed to have been constructed between 2,000 and 3,000 BC. Debate still rages about the origins and the purpose of this structure, but if you visit the United Kingdom, you can decide for yourself what the meaning behind this giant monolithic structure is.  
  3. Taj Mahal, India: One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal Palace was built in 1631 at the request of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Indo-Islamic white marble structure has become an icon of India itself. The incredible palace attracts millions of visitors every year, including royalty and dignitaries across the globe. In 2019, the Taj Mahal Palace had nearly 7 million visitors come through its gates. 
  1. Barcelona, Spain: Considered one of the safest cities in the world to visit, Barcelona also happens to be one of the most popular destination cities for international travellers, with over 8 million domestic and foreign visitors last year alone. Barcelona’s blend of museums, restaurants, and club scene, make it a prime destination for young and seasoned travellers alike.
  2. Bangkok, Thailand: Renowned for its unique vibes and round the clock city life, Bangkok, is a popular destination for the equally energetic traveller. The city is famous for its diverse attractions, club life, and bustling markets. In addition, the exchange rate is rather low which means international travellers can get more bang for their buck.
  3. Las Vegas, Nevada,  USA: What happens in this North American neighbouring city, stays in this North American neighbouring city. Or so, that’s what they say about Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) – the truth is, Las Vegas is home to some of the exciting shows, jaw-dropping hotels, and never-ending strip of casinos. Visitors to this city never have to worry about running out of things to keep them busy.

Wherever you decide to venture this year, it’s always smart to protect your journey with a Travel Insurance from Allianz Global Assistance. There are numerous plans and policies that are customizable and as unique as the city you’re visiting. But it helps knowing you may be  reimbursed for lost baggage, delayed flights, cancelled events, weather, and more.

Visit "Find a Plan" for more information on Allianz Global Assistance plan options. Please note that travel insurance does not cover everything, we advise you to read the terms and conditions of your policy or contact us before your trip if you have any questions.

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