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2023 Travel Trends

Where to Travel in 2023: Finding Your Next Ideal Journey

Alex Shaked
by Alex Shaked

November 23, 2022

6 minute read

Last summer saw the end of return testing for the US — and travelers have been doing their thing once again: TRAVELING. Last year, trends showed an interest in domestic travel as many people chose to stay closer to home, and top tours included Hawaii and the national parks (they were so in demand, we created a new Montana tour for those rearing to visit Big Sky Country). This year, some of these trends remain, but overall trends look a bit different. 2023 will be here before you know it, so check out these top trends that seem to be shaping what has become the year to "get back out there."

You may not have all your travel plans locked in just yet, but many travelers have their upcoming journeys on the books. Here are the trends we are seeing so far for the next year on tour:

Travel trends costa rica 

Experience the Great Outdoors

Travelers booked trips in droves that got them outdoors last year, and that trend is continuing in 2023. Collette travelers have really taken to our tours to Hawaii, a sun-drenched journey to paradise year-round. Costa Rica remains a trending destination for lovers of the outdoors as well; our Costa Rica: A World of Nature tour will take you on a small group adventure from the top of the rainforest to white sandy beaches, lush jungles, and beyond.

For those looking to take in the sun and spend time outdoors in Europe, consider this trending tour: Greece Island Hopper. With three days each in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini, travelers can get the best of age-old legends and monuments combined with warm sunshine and island-style living in one tour.

Travel trends France 

Experiences that Go Beyond the Destination

Collette travelers value an itinerary that includes connection, and fascinating activities that they wouldn’t have found on their own. Immersive experiences and the chance to get to know the people that make up the rich tapestry of a destination are key drivers in what brings these tours onto our trending list for 2023.

Many, many Collette tours bring you to the must-sees and then a step further, but here are some of my favorites among this year's trending tours:

  • A Taste of the Balkans really lives up to its name and this is my favorite inclusion: Join a third-generation family of truffle hunters on their forested property and search for the coveted tasty tubers alongside them and their friendly dogs. This is followed up with a truffle-inspired lunch!
  • Our Japan: Past & Present tour has some totally off the beaten path moments you wouldn’t find if you were exploring the country on your own. I simply cannot pick one favorite unique experience from this tour, so I’ll give you two:
    1. Meet Ama pearl divers – a group of extraordinary women who have defied societal norms for years by acting as the breadwinners for their families in a time when that was less common. They dive for fish, seaweed, and as the name suggests, pearls. They’ll tell you their history and show you a diving demo.
    2. Spend the night at a Buddhist temple. You’ll dine on vegetarian fare with the monks before sleeping on a traditional tatami mat. The next morning, you’ll have the choice to wake up early and join the monks in prayer, observing as they ring gongs, chant, burn incense, and center themselves for the activities of the day ahead.
  • Our France Magnifique tour includes some tres magnifique inclusions, like an exclusive look at the Palace of Versailles. The iconic Hall of Mirrors and the lavish State Apartments are must-sees, of course. The gardens? Gotta check it out. But travelers on this tour? They get to tour the Private Apartments of King Louis XIV, which are not open to the general public. How’s that for a little royal treatment?

Travel trends santafe 

Make Yourself at Home

Collette travelers value diving deep into their surroundings and get to know one, or a few select destinations well versus trying to get a very small sample of many places. We’ve minimized one-night stays on our tours and put a real focus on the pacing of our tours so travelers can slow down and take destinations in, not rush from place to place. In 2023, many of our travelers are turning to destination Spotlights tours to achieve this.

These tours allow travelers to unpack once at a centrally located hotel during a getaway less than 10 days long. Spotlights travelers get the perks of itineraries with expertly planned inclusions, plenty of free time to explore how they want, and the support of a Tour Manager to show them the ropes and tell them all the cool spots that only the locals would know.

Some trending Spotlights for your 2023 consideration:

Travel trends finland 

Small Group Explorations

Our small group Explorations tours continue to grow in popularity year over year. The camaraderie and nimbleness of a smaller group, the meaningful experiences that give back to a destination included in each itinerary, and authentic local experiences are all driving factors in this tour style’s increasing popularity. We’re already seeing a ton of travelers on the books for their next Explorations tour in 2023, and we have options around the world for your next small group adventure. There have been a number of small group tours sprinkled throughout this blog outside of this category, but I have a few more up my sleeve …

Our Italy’s Treasures tour will whisk you to Northern Italy with time in The Lake Region, the Italian Riviera, Tuscany, Florence, and Venice. You’ll get to meet locals like the owner of an award-winning gelateria, learn to make some traditional cuisine during a cooking class at a family-owned Tuscan villa, and take “going off the beaten path” to a new level when you go off-roading in a marble quarry.

If you’re looking for a small group tour in a winter wonderland, you may consider our Northern Lights of Finland tour. With the holidays approaching, this trending tour is striking a chord with me more than ever. A trip to the magical Finnish Lapland to go on a reindeer safari and visit Santa’s house, an overnight in a glass igloo, and multiple opportunities to hunt for the elusive northern lights? It’s a holly jolly thumbs up from me.

Last, and definitely not least, is a small group tour that offers a different perspective on the African safari experience. Our Wilderness of Southern Africa tour offers your traditional game drives across the grasslands, but also some safari experiences on the water. Travelers on this tour get to spend 3 nights on Lake Kariba during a private cruise of waters frequented by hippos and crocodiles.

The options are seemingly endless, so I hope these suggestions provided a little bit of inspiration as you get ready to book your next tour. The only question now is … where will you be in 2023?

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