Top 5 Must-Visit Destinations for Early 2023 Travel Adventures

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1. Bali

This island in Indonesia is one of the most picturesque places in the world. Scenic landscapes in Ubud, cafe-hopping in Seminyak, beach clubs in Canggu, snorkeling in Nusa Penida and the ever friendly local Balinese are amongst the many reasons to visit this island this September.

Bali is definitely a surfer’s paradise, beginners and experienced surfers alike. You can easily find a qualified instructor off the coast, and take advantage of the 60-some established suf spots already discovered and made accessible by Bali’s surfing pioneers.

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Surfing at Kuta beach is a great place to start for beginners, just a 10-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. You would have a wide array of surfing schools to meet a qualified instructor to teach you the basics of surfing.

Another activity that must be on your bucket list when visiting Bali would definitely be trekking up Mt Batur and catching the sunrise atop. Book a tour for the trek, transport would be provided to and fro your accommodation. The pick up is at around 2am and a 2 hours drive to the starting point of the trek. The whole duration of the trek is about 1.5 hours, with ample amount of time to reach before sunrise.

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2. Switzerland

Home to the high peaks of the Alps, Switzerland is filled with picture-perfect sceneries. Here are some places to visit and activities to do when planning your next trip.

One of the highest mountains in the Swiss Alps and all of Europe, the Matterhorn Zermatt is sitting at 4,478 meters above sea level and spans the border of Switzerland and Italy.

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The town of Zermatt is located at the foot of the fabled Matterhorn. The mountain resort welcomes visitors from all around the world throughout the year. It also offers breathtaking vantage spots from which to admire the Matterhorn.

Take a visit to the Zermatlantis Matterhorn Museum to know about the people that have conquered the peak, and then the Mountaineer’s Cemetery for those who died trying.

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The alpine playground also offers a variety of activities throughout the year. Explore a glacier, skiing, hiking some of Swiss’ most stunning trails, or scale one of Europe’s highest peaks.

All made possible by the Matterhorn’s record-breaking infrastructure. The tallest open-air rack railway in Europe, the highest cable car station in the Swiss Alps, and aerial tramways.

3. Norway

Norway is beautiful and one of the safest countries in the world. From the gorgeous fjords and mountains to polar bears and northern light, there is something to satisfy any kind of traveler.

Head down to the Fjord region! There are a few ways that you might want to opt to explore the fjords. Cruise, car or even taking a hike, all these options will definitely make the exploration worthwhile. Road tripping in Norway would definitely be filled with fjords in the landscapes, since Southern Norway is filled with fjords and waterways.

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The period between late September to late March is the winter season of the Arctic. This is when the sky is dark enough to view the Northern Lights. As the name suggests, Northern Norway is where you should be headed with many destinations for you to have a front row seat to the Aurora Borealis. We also recommend taking a cruise down the coast of Northern Norway, where you will sail directly under the Auroral Zone.

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4. Italy

If it is your first time visiting Italy, then you must definitely tour the “Big Three” – Venice, Florence and Rome.

Rome is one of Europe’s most iconic and visited cities, and you could easily spend days getting lost in this breathtaking city. The Eternal City is a vortex that blends the grandeur of heritage with the vitality of its inhabitants; a capital city where beauty and chaos coexist. It is still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism and is well worth a day of your time.

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Cinque Terre and the stops along the Amalfi Coast may be the most picturesque places in Italy. When traveling along Amalfi Coast, be sure to make a pit stop at Atrani, one of Italy’s best kept secrets. With a population of less than a thousand, Atrani is a fishing village nestled between two sheer cliffs off the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Piazza Umberto I, the charming central square in this village, serves as the hub of activity. The perfectly preserved medieval architecture of the region, complete with colorful old homes, flower-adorned balconies, and historic churches, makes for a picturesque backdrop for whatever brings you to Southern Italy.

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5. Japan

The land of the rising sun is a timeless nation, blending ancient traditions with fast-paced modernity seamlessly. Japan is one of the world’s safest countries for both men and women. Petty and violent crime are uncommon. People leaving their wallets, passports, and bags on trains and being reunited with them are common. But, you should still be cautious and take the usual precautions when traveling.

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When visiting Japan, a trip to Mt Fuji has to be on the top of the bucket list. Consider spending a night at a ryokan at one of the Fuji five lakes, to witness the breathtaking sunrise over Mt Fuji. Lake Kawaguchiko is the most accessible lake with direct transportation from Tokyo. Head over to the north shore of the lake to get a better view of Mt Fuji, don’t forget to pay a visit to Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum that is in this area.

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Taking the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway up above the lake for the views is one of the most popular things to do in Lake Kawaguchiko. This cable car takes you up 220 meters to the observation point and provides spectacular views of the lake as you traverse up the summit of Tenjo. The Bell of Tenjo is one of the mountain’s most well-known features. There’s an old saying that ringing the bell while looking at Mount Fuji through its heart-shaped silver frame will grant your wish.

For a variety of reasons, September is one of the best months to travel. Schools are back in session, the vacation rush is coming to a close, temperatures are lowering, there is more availability in popular summer destinations, and hotel and airfare rates are beginning to fall.

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