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6 Cities Travel Experts Believe Should Be On Your Bucket List For 2023

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Just like there are certain books that everyone should read, there are certain destinations that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. The world has incredible places for every kind of traveler, but there are cities that, without a doubt, everyone should visit, especially this year.

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Travel experts have recently shared their thoughts on this matter across different platforms. Since we have already mentioned 7 overrated destinations, we've now gathered the most relevant cities to visit this year. If you haven't visited these destinations already, make sure to add them to this year's bucket list:

Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey has been gaining a lot of popularity lately, and Istanbul, in particular, is on many travelers’ bucket lists. In this city, travelers find unique architecture with rich history, delicious restaurants and local food, and a fascinating “chaos.”

This year, in October, the Turkish Republic celebrates its 100th anniversary, and the government is making special arrangements in Istanbul, like artistic events, to honor this special moment.

The Blue Mosque, (Sultanahmet Camii), Istanbul, Turkey. travel

Elaina Vieira, blogger and full-time backpacker, shared a few thoughts on why she considers this destination essential for travelers: “When exploring the city, travelers will experience a sensory overload of different sights, sounds and smells that just fuel the excitement to explore further.” 

Tokyo, Japan

Ever since the dollar gained strength, Japan became one of the top destinations to visit as soon as possible as the yen weakened considerably. And its capital, Tokyo, offers a great glimpse of Japanese culture. 

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From tea ceremonies to delicious restaurants to impressive temples and gardens. In this city, travelers will encounter a great variety of activities and unique experiences that they will hardly find anywhere else. Jack Ezon, the founder of the travel agency EMBARK Beyond, thinks that this city should be on every traveler’s bucket list. 

Berlin, Germany

Germany’s capital has a lot to offer travelers, especially those looking for fun environments and multicultural experiences. From amazing attractions to cool people to great festivals. Blogger and author Nomadic Matt describes it as “wild and raucous but also sophisticated and cool.”

Beautiful view of UNESCO World Heritage Site Museumsinsel (Museum Island) with excursion boat on Spree river and famous TV tower in the background in beautiful evening light at sunset, Berlin, Germany

Berlin has a special energy and a rich culture that make it great for visiting in 2023. Those interested in visiting this city by the end of the year can include it on their Europe trip and take the new high-speed train connecting Berlin to Paris

Medellín, Colombia

Colombia has been considered by Forbes to be one of the top destinations to visit in Latin America in 2023, and the city of Medellin has been gaining popularity among travelers. In 2022 this city exploded in popularity, and tourism increased 41% over pre-pandemic levels. 

Medellin from Above

In Medellín, visitors will encounter an affordable city with wonderful weather, beautiful landscapes, great activities, and delicious food. Travel experts from the New York Times have recently included this city as one of the best places to travel this year and featured the chic neighborhood El Poblado. 

New York City, USA

No one should take for granted New York City as a top destination. The Internet is flooded with contradictory opinions about this city and its expensive rents and restaurants. Instagram is filled with rats showing up on travelers’ stories but also with the amazing and unique experiences travelers have here. 

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This city has a special essence that is hard to find anywhere else. It has great pizzas and cheesecake, incredible Broadway shows, impressive buildings, and iconic locations we’ve all seen in movies. New York City must not be ignored!

Bergamo And Brescia, Italy

These two cities come together because they have recently been jointly named the Italian Capital of Culture 2023. Bergamo and Brescia are two beautiful Lombardy cities—also included in the New York Times list of places to travel in 2023— and this year, to honor the new title, there will be festivals, art projects, events, and delicious food. Each city has its own charm, and visitors can explore the surrounding nature, the local tours available, and great unique experiences.

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