After the pandemic and lockdown, it’s no surprise travel increased around the world. We were indoors for so long that we couldn’t wait to leave our homes. Certain travel trends started to emerge. People spent more on luxury holidays, buying plane tickets months in advance, and international travel increased. This article will explore the travel trends for 2023. With spring break around the corner, that will be the focus. From haycations to three-star hotels and wellness travel to culture capitals. We’ll discuss the best destinations for a memorable getaway. So, join us as we explore the world of travel in 2023.

Culture Capitals

Travellers want to visit the big cities and be a part of the “hustle and bustle” in 2023. There is trending data showing that people want to experience the capitals of the world. Open-air markets, dazzling lights and crowded pubs draw people to these cities. New York, Dubai and Sydney might come to mind. But for spring break, Dublin is the place to be. 

If you visit during spring, you’re just ahead of peak season. The weather is a bit warmer, and there’s plenty to do. Of course, there are the ancient cathedrals and museums loaded with history. But one thing you can’t miss out on is Saint Patrick’s Day. On the 17th of March, Dublin turns into an all-out party. A few tips for getting the most out of Saint Patrick’s Day is to make sure you get to the parade nice and early. You’ll want a good spot to watch. Wear some green, dress comfortably, and forget about driving anywhere. Public transport is your best bet. When you’re satisfied with the parade, get some food and rest because the party continues well into the night. Temple Bar district is a great area to keep the party going. Let the Guinness flow, but of course, be responsible. 

Temple Bar, Dublin

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Three-Star Superstars

As mentioned before, people are happily spending their money on expensive luxury holidays. They’re more willing after spending less during the lockdown. But there is a new trend close to the five-star experience. Travellers are now booking “Three-Star Superstars.” Three-star hotels but they offer many of the same amenities a five-star would. They’re just more affordable. They allow travellers to be flexible and book last-minute trips. They’re a perfect option for a spontaneous spring break trip. One of the three-star superstars that stood out to us was in Seville, Spain. Hotel Corral del Rey is a boutique-style hotel that looks like it came straight out of a fashion magazine. It was initially a 300-year-old house, but now it’s a sophisticated masterpiece down to the last detail. 

Seville is known for its architecture and food, which you will experience on your visit. But if you’re interested in a hidden gem and the perfect way to unwind at the end of your stay, we’ve got just the thing. The Aire Ancient Baths are away from the busy city centre, and it’s claimed once inside their walls, “time does not exist.” It’s a candle-lit 15th-century palace converted into a spa. There are several experience pools to try, such as The Laconium “steam bath” and The Flotarium “salt bath.” This place is the perfect option to relax after exploring Seville and gearing up for your departure. 

Hotel Corral del Rey

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Wellness Retreats

People did a lot of travelling for fun, relaxation and reunion after the pandemic. Now the new trend is personal development. It could be overcoming grief, testing your physical or psychological limits or figuring out your life’s mission. The point is that this new travel trend is centred around people focused on bettering themselves, and for spring break, there isn’t much better than Crete for a wellness retreat. Wildfitness is the perfect place. It combines fitness classes, nature walks, healthy eating and plenty of relaxation. It’s an ideal way to enjoy Crete while also working on being a better you. 

You’ve heard about Greece’s pristine beaches and quaint towns, but it’s also famous for its ancient temples. You can’t leave Crete without learning about some Greek mythology. Gavdos, the southernmost islet of Greece, is a must-visit for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience. It is said this is where Odysseus was held captive by Calypso for seven years. She held him there in hopes of marrying him, but he only had eyes for Penelope. Visit this islet, and you’ll be closer to Africa than the Greek capital. With fewer than 100 residents, it’s quiet and peaceful, in keeping with your wellness retreat. 


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This 2023 travel trend is just as popular as the beach holidays, your typical spring break traveller books. The hay-cation is a type of vacation where you stay at a ranch, lodge or farm for a country-side experience.

Many people are choosing hay-cations to reduce their carbon footprint while having a unique holiday. We’ve done some research and found a beautiful getaway that’s perfect for your spring break hay-cation. In Tuscany, Podere Benelli is a delight. They make their own cheese, olive oil and lard and every morning, you’ll wake up to the view of the majestic Apuan Alps from your room in the farmhouse. It’s been in the family for generations, which the owners couldn’t be more proud of. 

Italy’s mandate for state-owned museums to be free of charge every first Sunday of the month is a great reason to visit Tuscany. There are many that shouldn’t be missed, such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery, and the Palazzo Pitti in Florence; the National Archaeological Museum and the National Etruscan Museum in Florence; and the Cathedral and Baptistery of Pisa. Travellers will enjoy the rich culture of Tuscany and get to experience some of Italy’s best museums for free.

Podere Benelli

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As the world continues to evolve, so too do the trends in travel. In 2023, some of the major trends are “Culture Capitals,” “Three-Star Superstars,” wellness retreats and “Hay-cations.” Each of these trends offer something unique and exciting to travellers, allowing them to explore the world in new and exciting ways. In the next article, we’ll examine people’s travel personalities. Until then, get to planning for spring break.

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