The travel experts at The Flight King know their way around the world, so who better to trust when it comes to figuring out the top locations for travel in 2023? Here are some of our top picks for travel, by season, for the coming year!
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When the temperature drops and you’re freezing at home, the only thing on your mind is escaping to a warm paradise. For Winter 2023, The Flight King recommends that you take a visit to Australia to escape the snow and cold weather!
Australia is far from the Northern Hemisphere, so when it’s winter in the United States, it means it is the complete opposite in Australia - summer! Australia’s summer season typically runs from December to February, making it the perfect escape from the chill of the US winter.
There are various large cities scattered around Australia such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, but you may want to consider traveling to this beautiful country for their natural wonders and vast beaches.
Top Tourist Attractions in Australia:
Visit the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia- Australia’s iconic performing arts venue & architectural beauty.
Visit Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia - Australia’s famed beach that is home to warm, blue water and is open year round for tanning and surfing.
Visit Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia - an island off the coast of Australia that is internationally recognized for its nature reserves and home to wildlife species such as sea lions, wallabys, penguins and kangaroos.
Visit Whitsunday Island, off the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia - a cluster of 74 islands filled with white sand beaches and hiking trails. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, snorkeling is a must to witness vast coral gardens and brightly colored fish.
Visit the lavender fields of Tasmania, Australia - rows of purple lavender, the perfect photo opportunity and see the only lavender variety suitable for perfumes and cooking.
See the phenomenon of glowing water along the coast in Jervis Bay, located in New South Wales, Australia - a magical display of glow-in-the-dark algae scattered throughout the sea leads to large amounts of bioluminescence in the water. Truly a unique sight, you won’t want to miss your chance at seeing this in person.
The best time to visit Thailand is hands down in the spring. Throughout the months of March, April, and May it is considered Thailand’s dry season, where there is a limited chance of rain and lesser crowds. Though this isn’t considered summer in Thailand, you won’t find any chilly weather here - temperatures range from 84°F to 97°F during this time of year!
Thailand is notorious for their beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, delicious food and one of a kind night markets. Tourism hot spots include Bangkok, the capital city filled with excitement at every corner, Chiang Mai, a mountain region with iconic temples, and Phuket, a beach city with some of the most beautiful coastal views.
When visiting Thailand in April, you’ll be able to experience Songkran - a water festival bringing in the Buddhist New Year. Streets are filled with children and adults alike. What better way to experience Thai culture than to visit during one of their favorite holidays?
Top Tourist Attractions in Thailand:
Visit Ko Phi Phi, a beautiful archipelago located off the south coast of Phuket - home to turquoise waters and fine sand beaches.
Visit Khao Phing Kan, a beautiful island located northeast of Phuket - notorious for it’s featured in the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Become immersed in the movie by surrounding yourself with towering limestone islands and stunning beach views.
Take a tour of one of the beautiful temples of Thailand, where you can see one-of-a-kind architecture and detailed Buddhist relics. Some of the most popular temples are the White Temple, located in Chiang Rai, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Thailand.
While visiting different temples throughout the country, be sure to take a trip to view the Great Buddha of Thailand statue, standing 300 feet high and 210 feet wide.
In search of a unique experience? Look no further than the Floating Markets near Bangkok. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of the most popular, allowing you to see local cuisine, fresh groceries, and an abundance of chaos!
Visit the Maeklong Railway Market in Samut Songkhram for a shopping experience like no other! Beginning from 6:00am, vendors have produce sprawled across the train tracks for visitors to shop. Eight times a day, a train will run through the middle of the market, allowing visitors to witness the routine that locals have in place for retracting umbrellas and making space for the train.
High season in Turkey is from June to August, meaning travelers from all over the world flock to this beautiful destination for good reason!
If you’re looking to soak up the sun during the summer, Turkey is the place for you. With temperatures in the mid 80s. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of eating outdoors and visiting picturesque coastal towns.
If you’re traveling from North America, this vacation destination may be ideal for value alone. The cost of living in Turkey is low, and prices can seem inexpensive when converting currency to the Turkish Lira. For example, a tram ride is priced at 1.85 Turkish Lira - equating to $0.10 USD! Food costs are lower in Turkey as well, ranging around $5 USD for a full meal.
When visiting Turkey in the summertime, consider visiting during one of their summer festivals. Throughout the month of June, you can find an abundance of music festivals across the country, some of the more popular ones being the Istanbul Music Festival and the Cappadox Festival in Cappadocia. In July, consider taking a trip to experience the Chill Out Festival, an event held in multiple locations around Turkey showcasing food, beverages, and music.
Top Tourist Attractions in Turkey:
Located in Istanbul, take a trip to visit what is known as “one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.” The Hagia Sophia Mosque is one of the top tourist attractions to view the stunning architecture, history, and art of the mosque.
Visit Pamukkale, a town in western Turkey notorious for their hot springs with calcium coated cliffs - a sight you will never forget and can only see in Turkey.
Visit Antalya, a busy beach town with cobblestone streets and luxury resorts. Walk through the historical town of Kaleici filled with shops and architecture, or even take a nature trail to view the Duden Waterfalls.
See the picturesque sight of hot air balloons flying over the valleys in Cappadocia, where you can feel as if you are in a movie.
Take a hike to Mount Nemrut, the highest peak of Mesopotamia! Here you can see some unique statues surrounding tombs of ancient kings - a great sight for history lovers and adventure seekers alike.
Looking for a white sand beach and deep blue waters? Check out Lake Salda, also known as the “Maldives of Turke,” located in the southwestern part of the country.
Visiting Turkey to try the delicious food? Be sure to stop by Kadikoy Carsisi in Istanbul, a vast market with family owned produce shops, street vendors, antiques, and more!
Though Argentina is beautiful year-round, The Flight King thinks that that the best time to visit is in autumn. In the fall, the weather is cooler, there are fewer tourists, and overall your trip will be more relaxed!
When you think of autumn, the first thing to come to mind are the colorful leaves that the cooler temperatures bring. If you’re in search of beautiful scenery, Argentina during the fall is just the place for you. Travelers come across the forests of Patagonia seeing leaves with a plethora of colors, almost as if it's a scene out of a movie. Hiking is a popular activity in Argentina, and the perfect time to do so is when the temperatures are cooler and overall more pleasant.
If you’re an adventure seeker looking to get their nature fix on their trip to Argentina, what better way than to get up close and personal with Magellanic Penguins? This event, that only occurs in the fall, provides a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience you can only get in Argentina.
Top Tourist Attractions in Argentina:
Looking for an out-of-this-world sight in Argentina? Look no further than Iguazu Falls, located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. This waterfall system makes up the largest in the world, with over 270 falls and a 269 ft drop at its highest point.
When visiting one of the most popular cities in Argentina, Buenos Aires, take a trip to see La Boca - a colorful neighborhood notorious for their bright painted homes, sculptures, cafes, and street dancers.
Visit the third largest salt flats in the world called Salinas Grandes, known for their vast white desert and vibrant blue pools.
If history and architecture excite you, visit the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba - the oldest church in service in Argentina, filled with history that merges Islam and Christianity.
Take a trip to Monte Fitz Roy, the tallest mountain in Patagonia known for its incredible beauty, treacherous hiking, glacial likes and ice fields.
Tour a winery in Mendoza, where 75% of Argentina’s wine production is from. Vineyards in this area host bike tours and even have spa facilities for visitors to relax and enjoy the wine of the region.
Some of the best chocolate and craft beer can be found in Bariloche. When visiting this mountainous region, you can immerse yourself in nature and treat yourself with family-run chocolates after.