The time has come when quite a few of us are wondering where to go on our next vacation. The new year is conducive to planning not only the purchase of a gym pass, but also the planning of holiday getaways. In this post we will give you our suggestions on where to go on vacation in 2023, thinking beyond Poland.
Undeniably, Poland is beautiful, but the whole world also has a lot to offer. And you don’t have to look far at all :) However, if you prefer to travel in Poland, we recommend our post Where to go on vacation in Poland?
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Where to go on vacation – suggestions for everyone
Here are our suggested destinations for everyone for the 2023 vacations. There you will find some interesting beaches, some historical sites, some interesting cities and towns and some places for active recreation. In other words, something good for everyone ;)
Below you will also find dedicated places for families with children, although you can also use the other proposals.
A destination ideal for both winter and summer. The Canary Islands is a place where there is something for everyone. We have been to five of the thirteen islands. The islands we have been to are: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, and Lobos. Each island offers different attractions and you will definitely not be bored on any of them (ok, maybe aim for the larger islands for a longer stay though ;) ).
In our experience, if you don’t know where to go, but don’t just think about beachcombing then Tenerife is worth choosing. However, if you are looking for beachcombing then Fuerteventura, which has phenomenal beaches, is the place to go. It is worth combining it with a visit to Lanzarote and, on occasion, Isla de Lobos. We spent the least time in Gran Canaria, but like all the others it has its pros and cons. Here you can read more about which Canary Island to choose.
In conclusion, the Canary Islands are always a good choice, there is something for everyone at any time of the year. It has also been a popular destination during the past few months, and it is unlikely that major restrictions should be expected there when it comes to travel.
Temperature: The weather in the Canary Islands can vary from island to island, but it can be assumed to be a nice average of 22-28 degrees Celsius during the holiday season.
Flight length: The flight takes about 6 hours, depending on the departure city and destination island.
Accommodations: We don’t have a specific accommodation to recommend in the Canary Islands, you can search various options here.
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The best time to visit this amazing island is during the vacations. That’s when the day is longest there, and we have the best chance that all roads will be open (although even those periodically may be closed due to, for example, strong winds (which also happened to us in August).
Iceland itself offers a lot of attractions like volcanoes, hot springs, beautiful waterfalls, glaciers or…. a crashed airplane. However, you must keep in mind that it will not be very warm there. In the vicinity of the glaciers, the temperature drops to minus temperatures :) But this is not the biggest minus. Iceland is, unfortunately, a very expensive island, especially during the summer. Nevertheless, you won’t experience crowds there!
Temperature: In general, in summer we can expect temperatures of 10-12 degrees Celsius. In some areas, however, it is much colder.
Length of flight: The flight takes about 4.5 hours.
Accommodations: It’s worth thinking about accommodations in various places to go around the island. Accommodations can be booked on booking.com, for example.
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The Azores is an ideal destination for trekking fans. You won’t experience beautiful złbeaches or warm seas here. Instead, we have a lot of interesting trekking routes, hot springs, pineapple and tea plantations, the best steaks in Europe or beautiful vegetation. In general, the whole island is mega green! :)
It is not a very popular destination, which is related to the fact that there are very few tourists there. So if you’re not fond of crowds, don’t like to sit still and don’t expect hot weather, this destination is perfect for you!
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Temperature: In summer, temperatures here reach 20-25 degrees Celsius.
Flight length: There are currently no direct flights. With a connecting flight (preferably in Lisbon), the entire trip can take about 7 hours.
Accommodations: We wrote about accommodation in the Azores here: Azores – where to stay overnight and how much does it cost?
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Evergreen island. This is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Madeira. The temperature here is more or less constant throughout the year, but it is also pleasant in summer.
Madeira is an ideal place for lovers of active pursuits. As in the Azores, there aren’t many opportunities to lie on a sandy beach here, but we do have unearthly views, high cliffs and beautiful trekking routes, including the popular levadas. Despite the lack of snow, you can also go sledding or swimming in natural pools on the ocean shore :)
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Temperature: During the holiday season we can count on 20-25 degrees Celsius here. Of course the higher the colder :)
Flight length: A direct flight (currently only by charter) takes about 5 hours. With a connecting flight (preferably in Lisbon), the trip takes about 7 hours in total.
Accommodations: We recommend looking for accommodations using booking.com.
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Dear oh dear ;-) But Switzerland is beautiful, and the summer period is the best time to go there, among other things. because the cost of your stay can be reduced by staying overnight in tent campsites.
Beautiful towns, mighty mountains, picturesque valleys and lakes, breathtaking railroads and roller coasters, or even the Grand Tour around Switzerland…. these are just a few of the attractions you can count on in this country.
Temperature: In summer, you can expect temperatures between 18-23 degrees Celsius. Of course, here too, the higher you go, the colder it gets :)
Flight length: The flight takes about 2 hours. You can also get there by car or even by camper (we chose this option).
Accommodations: It’s not cheap, but we definitely recommend looking for hotels here or campsites on the “park4night” app.
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Another proposal for everyone, where you will find a lot of monuments, beautiful towns, places for physical activities, but this time also beautiful beaches and even quite warm sea ;) And that Etna, the highest and largest volcano in Europe, moreover, still active, which can sometimes weave tricks :)
Sicily, as it is referred to, is in our opinion one of the best places to spend a vacation. Admittedly, there are places where it will be more crowded, but thanks to the many attractionszłpractically all over the island, there is plenty to choose from.
Temperature: the first place in our list where we can count on real heat. 30 degrees Celsius is the average temperature on the island during the summer.
Flight length: It takes about less than 3 hours to fly to Sicily directly from Poland.
Accommodations: Accommodation in Sicily can be found on booking.com.
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It’s not an obvious destination, but we think the Faroe Islands are a one-of-a-kind destination. In our opinion, if you liked Iceland, you are sure to like the Faroe Islands as well. Just be warned, it’s even more expensive here! :)
Beautiful views, some of the largest cliffs in Europe, breathtaking scenic routes and most of all, overlooked nature! It is a paradise for people who don’t like to sit still, an ideal place for trekking trips. There are no crowds here either. Ba! We walking the trail sometimes didn’t even meet a living soul :)
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Temperature: Throughout the year, temperatures remain steady at 10-14 degrees Celsius.
Length of flight: There are no direct connections. The best way is through Copenhagen. The trip then takes about 5 hours.
Accommodations: Accommodation here is very expensive and there is not much of it. It is imperative to book well in advance. In this case, we recommend booking.com.
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Germany is a very large country and, writing in very general terms, there is something for everyone here. We, however, mainly want to recommend Saxony to you as an ideal holiday destination. Why?
Because it is an area right on the Polish border, and there is something for everyone in the area. Beautiful Dresden and its surroundings, Leipzig and the region which is changing beyond recognition after the closure of the local mines, wonderful Görlitz or the entire Upper Lusatia.
Temperature: similar to Poland ;)
Length of flight: The best way to get here is by car.
Accommodations: You can find a large selection of accommodations on here.
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Are you looking for the most beautiful beaches in Europe? Portugal is a country where you will find quite a lot of them, mainly in the Algarve region. The beaches here are beautiful and huge, so there will be room for no one.
For dessert, you should also visit the capital of Portugal. Lisbon is a beautiful city worth spending at least 3 days on. Numerous observation decks, famous streetcar lines or so-called “elevators” and Belem and Sintra are just some of the attractions worth noting locally.
Temperature: In summer, you can expect temperatures of 26-29 degrees Celsius.
Flight length: A direct flight takes about 4 hours.
Accommodations: Especially in high season, it is advisable to book accommodation in advance. This can be done, for example, here.
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Here, as in the case of Germany, the choice is enormous. Being in the US, we only visited Florida, but this destination is not recommended to you in summer, because of at least the possibility of hurricanes.
So why the US? Because it is a very interesting destination, easily accessible to most of us (remember, visas are no longer mandatory for Polish citizens), which will definitely be available in the summer.
Then what, New York or maybe Chicago? Or the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles? :)
Temperature: Depends on the region of the country.
Length of flight: You need to expect a minimum 8-hour flight.
Accommodations: As always, the reliable booking.com, which we used while in Florida, will help.
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Where to go on vacation with children
And now something special, dedicated to families with children. Plenty of suggestions for families with children can be found in our traveling with a child section. Here we bring you our suggestions for 2023 vacations for families with children:
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We can state with full responsibility that if we are talking about vacations with children then there is no better destination than Turkey. Huge hotels with countless slides and swimming pools, good all-inclusive, large beaches, warm water in the sea, guaranteed weather practically from May to October, a relatively short flight, a large number of connections from practically every city in Poland, the best value for money, and there’s also plenty to explore locally.
We know what we’re writing, because we’ve been to Turkey on vacation with children twice before. So why aren’t there blog posts about it? Well, that’s right, because it was a vacation :) Total chillout, time for the kids and fun mostly at the pools :)
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Temperature: Warm: 30-34 degrees Celsius :)
Flight length: The flight takes about 3-4 hours depending on the city of departure and the city of destination.
Accommodations: For an all-inclusive option, it’s definitely best to look for options at travel agencies in a package with a flight.
The Greek Islands are, by definition, for everyone, but we have put them in the section for families with children, because right after Turkey it is, in our opinion, the second best destination for a family vacation.
A relatively well-developed hotel base (but not even half as good as in Turkey, in terms of families with children), a short flight, good weather and a very interesting culture are just some of the aspects that advocate this destination.
Also, the multitude of islands gives us the opportunity to see something new every time. We’ve only been to Kos so far (the extract is also missing, because it was finally a vacation ;)), but we already know that we will definitely return to other islands.
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Temperature: The temperature can vary from island to island and month to month, but you can count on 26-29 degrees Celsius.
Flight length: Depends on the island and city of departure, but it is about 3 hours on average.
Accommodations: If you’re looking for a vacation for the whole family (not necessarily an all-inclusive option), it’s worth taking advantage of travel agency offers. You can also look for accommodations on booking.com.
We base all of the above suggestions on our experience. Of course, these are not all the destinations we have been to, but we specifically leave out many of them. On the one hand, it is sometimes too crowded there, and sometimes too cold, or simply in our opinion it is better to visit them at a different time of the year.
We are keeping our fingers crossed for your holiday plans and wish you a great vacation.
By the way, we also recommend you our packing list, which you can download for free in this post: What to take on vacation?
Let us know in the comments where you plan to go on your next vacation! :)