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Lonely Planet’s top travel destinations for 2023 revealed

Sydney resurgence and adventurous Western Australia are both included in the 2023 Hotlist

Global travel authority Lonely Planet today unveiled its top destinations to visit next year with the release of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023.

For the first time, this must-have annual guide is reimagined, centering local insights and recommendations at the heart of each destination listed, and is sorted by the type of trip best done there: eat, travel, connect, learn and loosen.

Made up of a range of interesting destinations, this robust list of 30 must-see places is brought to life with itineraries, features, videos and more, all suggested by knowledgeable experts who call these places home.

Included in the coveted travel list, the great outdoors, urban adventures, incredible reefs, beaches, gorges, lakes and monoliths of Western Australia provide the wondrous backdrop to a plethora of road trips. , including this 7-day foodie adventure from Perth to Margaret River Region, Pemberton, Manjimup and Bunbury in the southwest of the state.

“The antidote to years of sweltering pandemic life is a visit to one of the most serene and sparsely populated places on earth. WA covers more land than England, Spain, France, India. Italy and Germany combined, but home to less than 1% of their collective population. Space, serenity and scenery: that’s WA’s holy trinity,” comments Lonely Planet writer Ronan O’Connell, who created the itinerary.

In the Connect category, travelers looking to connect with distinctive local scenes are directed to Sydney, back on the map and highlighted with Sydney WorldPride which will bring the city to life even more from February 17 to March 5, 2023.

Sydney-based writer Sarah Reid welcomes the world to this state capital where she shines a light on discoveries tied to Sydney’s cultural fabric, northern beaches and out-of-town destinations.

LGBTQIA+ advocate Chris Zeiher, Lonely Planet’s Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, also adds: ‘Pack up your glitter and your dancing shoes and make sure your inhibitions don’t miss the flight because Sydney will be the place to be seen. and to be seen in 2023! What a way to announce to the world that Australia is back in business with hosting the world’s happiest party. From celebrating local rainbow heroes, to connecting with traditional owners through art and music, to hosting big events like the Mardi Gras parade or a Kylie Minogue concert. You will want to stay forever.

As always, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 features new interpretations of popular destinations such as Manchester, home to one of the UK’s most vibrant arts scenes, and the laid-back surf culture of El Salvador. It also unearths lesser-known gems like the foodie scene in Montevideo, Uruguay, indigenous community-run attractions in Alaska, and South America’s rising ecotourism star, Guyana.

How were the 30 Best in Travel destinations selected? Each year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 lists begin with nominations from Lonely Planet’s vast community of employees, writers, bloggers, publishing partners and more. Nominations are then narrowed down by its panel of travel experts to just 30 destinations. Each is chosen for their timeliness, unique experiences, wow factor, and ongoing commitment to sustainability, community, and diversity.

According to Chris Zeiher, the release of Lonely Planet’s annual “must-see list” of travel destinations and experiences comes at an exciting time for planning trips. “2023 is shaping up to be the year to get out and explore. With much of the world firmly on the road to recovery, travelers are looking for different places and experiences.

“The list celebrates the world in all its wondrous alluring variety,” continues Zeiher. “Each of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 itineraries show how to leave the crowds behind and truly get to the heart of a destination.”

Whether travelers want to eat, travel, connect, learn or simply relax, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 list makes the world both more inspiring and more accessible to everyone. The result? A comprehensive set of routes, stories and videos that will allow audiences to explore a world of unique experiences and begin to explore more.

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