When the weather takes an icy turn, you may be daydreaming about your next vacation.
So if you need some inspiration, TripAdvisor has just announced the winners of their Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2023.
And Dubai takes first place in the Popular Destinations category for the second year in a row.
The emirate – popular with celebrities and influencers – is known for its opulence, late brunches and year-round sunshine. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a city steeped in tradition and culture.
TripAdvisor said: “A favorite of celebrities and influencers, the ‘City of Gold’ continues to attract tourists from around the world looking for their own slice of luxury.”
London also retained its title as the most popular European travel destination, with TripAdvisor describing the city as “many worlds in one”.
But the city has slipped to third in the world rankings, behind Bali, Indonesia, which secured the silver medal as the second most popular travel destination.
The 2023 award winners were chosen by “real travelers,” according to TripAdvisor.
The lists are compiled based on the quality and quantity of trip reviews and reviews on TripAdvisor for various subcategories, including lodging, dining, and activities in destinations around the world.
Prices are based on reviews in the 12 months between November 2021 and October 2022.
Other popular destinations that made the European top 10 are Rome (second) and Paris (third). Globally, European cities also performed well, with Lisbon, Madeira and Crete all making the top 25.
TripAdvisor has also published other award categories: Trending Destinations, Best Food Destinations, Best Nature Destinations, Best Places for Cultures, and Best Places to Ski.
Cuba took first place in the “Trending Destinations” category, with TripAdvisor describing the capital Havana as “a balance between old-world architecture and modern nightlife.”
Meanwhile, Hoi An, Vietnam took second place and Mauritius third.
TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2023 Most Popular Travel Destinations
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2. Bali, Indonesia
4. Rome, Italy
5. Paris, France
6. Cancun, Mexico
7. Crete, Greece
8. Marrakech, Morocco
9. Dominican Republic
10. Istanbul, Turkey
11. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
12. Barcelona, Spain
13. New Delhi, India
14. Hurghada, Egypt
15. Madrid, Spain
16. Phuket, Thailand
18. Cairo, Egypt
20. Lisbon, Portugal
21. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
22. Bangkok, Thailand
23. New York City
24. Doha, Qatar
25. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For pizza, pasta and gelato aficionados, it should come as no surprise that TripAdvisor says you have to go to Rome to enjoy world-class cuisine.
And for those who go on vacation to be one with nature, Mauritius has taken the top spot here, as TripAdvisor calls it great deep sea fishing.
For more information on the Travelers’ Choice Awards and a full list, visit the TripAdvisor website.
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