At Lonely Planet, the constant desire to add new places to the bucket list is an occupational hazard. Our travel plans are vast, varied and ever-changing – and many of us already have something (or many things) in mind for 2023. Find out where a few of us are planning to travel next year.
Fin exploring the outdoors on Dublin’s hill of Howth © Fin McCarthy / Lonely Planet
Fin McCarthy, Editorial Director
Right now in damp Dublin summer seems a long way off, so I booked an impulse trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands in January for some blue skies. We are staying up north on the island where there are incredible hiking trails. Not sure if I will manage Pico del Teide, Spain’s highest peak…but there are plenty of less challenging routes that might help kick-start that new year fitness regime!
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Erin Lenczycki, Photo Editor
My birthday is on Bastille Day and I’ve always wanted to see the festivities in Paris. I’m surprising my fiancé with a dual trip: Bastille Day celebrations (and a million croissants) for me, Disneyland Paris for him.
Alex on the coast of Connemara, Ireland © Alex Butler / Lonely Planet
Alex Butler, Managing Editor
Vietnam has been at the top of my travel list for years now, but I have been always waiting for the perfect time to go. That finally ends this year, when I have promised myself I will finally explore the country (and find a new favorite Vietnamese dish).
Rachel Lewis (left) and her partner © Rachel Lewis / Lonely Planet
Rachel Lewis, Senior Marketing Manager
My partner and I are saving up for our honeymoon to Greece (2024!) so we’re planning a few smaller trips for 2023 — we want to stroll through Charleston, South Carolina; eat our way through Savannah, Georgia; and get some sun in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We’re hoping for another trip or two to Asheville, North Carolina, which is a few hours from us. It’s one of our favorites, especially come fall!
Sasha in Barcelona © Sasha Brady / Lonely Planet
Sasha Brady, Digital Editor
I was supposed to travel to Morocco before the pandemic hit, and I still haven’t managed to strike that off my list. Maybe a weekend break in Marrakesh will happen this year. It’s just a three-and-a-half-hour flight away from my home base of Dublin – so no excuses. I’m also hoping to visit one of the quieter Canary Islands (torn between El Hierro and La Gomera) following a trip to England for the Glastonbury music festival in June. And if the Grand Egyptian Museum finally opens in 2023, you’ll find me in Cairo. However, I always stray from my new year plans…so who knows where I’ll actually end up?
Melissa in Bora Bora in 2022 © Melissa Yeager / Lonely Planet
Melissa Yeager, Senior Editor
I loved completing my 2022 resolution to walk the Camino de Santiago in 2022 so next in my sights for a walking trip is a 2023 Best in Travel pick: the Trans Bhutan Trail. The other adventure on my radar is a summer road trip though the Baltic nations of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
Laura Motta, Senior Director of Content
My cousin is getting married in Mumbai, so I’m heading there in January for three days of celebration, family and lots (and lots) of food. But I’m also taking some solo time for myself to explore the city, take a day trip or two and just be in discovery mode.
Zoe walks through White Sands National Park © Zoe Jablow / Lonely Planet
Zoe Jablow, Engineering Manager
My dad, sister, fiancé and I are going on a very New Jersey (where I was born and raised) pilgrimage: to see Bruce Springsteen just outside of Milan in July, and will spend about five days in Lake Como before the show. We probably will tack on another European country – just haven’t decided which one quite yet…
Tom in Switzerland © Tom Hall / Lonely Planet
Tom Hall, VP Experience
Romania. I’ve never been, and there are numerous, fabulous-looking night-train options to get there from points west like Vienna and Budapest, bearing the names Ister, Dacia and (best of all) the Astra Trans Carpatic. What’s more, newly appointed King Charles III has a holiday rental in the country, in the heart of Transylvania.