Cultural hotspots have become more and more relevant in recent times. Since the pandemic, the idea of going on vacation has changed, and more people are looking for destinations with authentic cultures. Theme parks are known as the best places to go with your family, but people understand that some of them are a bubble. Some travelers like those bubbles because they are safe and predictable. But what about the other travelers that enjoy a little more adventure?
Exploring different cultures is an excellent way to educate yourself and your loved ones on our differences. It's also a perfect way to showcase our similarities and show that we're not alone. More and more travelers are becoming aware of those ideas and booking cultural hotspots. Check out this list of the top six cultural hotspots to visit this year, according to Expedia.
Scotland has been on many people's radars for the last couple of years, with 2023 expected to be the year the United Kingdom home state shines. Edinburgh, Scotland sets itself apart with its mix of art and culture different from the rest of the United Kingdom. In 2023, they're planning the world's most prominent arts and media festival.
Lisboa (Lisbon), Portugal
Right before the pandemic, the Azores were becoming a thing, and that's because multiple outlets were showcasing the islands as outdoorsy heaven. Now the urban city of Lisboa is beginning to get noticed. If you travel to this destination in 2023, check out the Time Out Market and grab a plate of bacalao (cod fish). If you want to see the city but fear its winding hills might be too much, grab a tuk-tuk taxi that will take you around. It's a cute way to explore the historical province of Estremadura. It's also very TikTok-friendly.
Japan as a country has a lot going on this year, and Tokyo is on the verge of being a cultural dominator. If you make it out east, check out the bustling Shimokitazawa neighborhood, and if you're feeling more adventurous, take a ride with the East Japan Railway Company. These luxury sleeper trains will take you around Japan, stopping in regions like Tohoku, where you can catch some of the best natural scenery the country can provide. Pro tip: head over in Autumn to see the fall foliage and save money on ticket prices.
For a good reason, Dublin is fast becoming a favorite for many travelers. The city is affordable, packed with the cutest pubs, and the perfect place to catch a football (soccer) game. Hotels like the amazingly sustainable Wren Urban Nest have modern amenities but accessibility to the main happenings in the city. If you want to see why they often associate green with Ireland, head over to The Wicklow Escape.
This charming bed and breakfast is smack in the middle of Wicklow, the most beautiful area for hiking and exploring. If you're interested in what type of spirits Ireland can provide, check out the Glendalough Distillery.
You'll find gins and whiskeys made locally with a botanical forager supplying some of the season's best flavors. Getting here is accessible; Aer Lingus has many flights from most major airports and is usually a one-way shot from most eastern cities.
New York, USA
This city has so much to do, but if you want an excellent cultural experience, check out the town's neighborhoods. The big apple is the perfect cultural hotspot for anyone looking for great pizza, fantastic broadway shows, and some of the best time-preserved neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little Italy.
These neighborhoods have been around forever, and you can get some of the best food there. Spanish Harlem and the Lower East Side have great Puerto Rican food, and you'll always go right with pasta in Little Italy.
WorldPride 2023 will be in Sydney, Australia, this year; that celebration will be fantastic. Sydney is already an incredible city, but WorldPride will take it to another level, and if you're a fan of LGBTQ+ events and celebrations, you must check it out. From February 17 to March 5, you can join festival parties like Mardi Gras and Queer Art After Hours. You'll learn about Queer history while being able to party the night away.
Cultural hotspots are becoming the most significant trends for 2023, and we highly encourage checking out one of these cities. They are diverse enough for every type of traveler, and crossing at least one of them off your bucket list will give you bragging rights for the rest of the year.
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