With a new year comes new experiences, and now that we’re a month into 2023, it’s time to take advantage of everything this year has to offer. Luckily, Time Out has released their list of the 23 best things to do in the world in 2023 – and one Canadian, Indigenous-led experience made the cut.
As the outlet highlights, 2023 is going to be jam-packed with events and activities, with “the biggest summer for live music since 2019, a bunch of new museums, some pretty epic outdoor adventures and much, much more.”
What are the top 3 things to do in the world in 2023?
Clocking in at number one on the list is Iceland’s newest hot springs. Located in Hvalfjörður, Iceland’s newest geothermal spa is called Hvammsvik Hot Springs. The immersive experience boasts eight brand-new hot springs, lined along a black-sand beach in the Hvalfjörður fjord. Not only do you get to indulge in some relaxing time in some geothermal water, but the experience also offers up a chance to swim with seals.
Madrid, Spain’s Celebración Picasso: 1973-2023 comes in at a close second. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, Madrid is hosting several exhibitions in honour of the famous painter throughout 2023. From stunning exhibitions at the Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza to conversations around Picasso’s work, there will be plenty of awe-inspiring ways to highlight the art of Picasso in 2023.
Third on the list is the scenic high-speed train in Yucatán, Mexico that takes you everywhere, from beach resorts to Mayan sites. The Tren Maya made its first departure in December 2022, and this year it will be transporting visitors and locals from Palanque all the way to Cancún.
What Canadian experience is one of the best things to do in the world in 2023?
Landing at number 13 on the list is Vancouver Island’s very own Tofino Wilderness Resort. The Indigenous-led experience, which is opening under Ahousaht First Nation ownership this year, allows visitors to walk with bears, go whale watching and learn about Indigenous cultural practices.
Since Vancouver Island’s tourism board made a shift to direct all revenue to local communities, many new Indigenous-led experiences have popped up on Vancouver Island, and this 16-room floating lodge is definitely a must-try.
If you’ve already booked a trip and are looking for the best things to do nearby, check out the rest of the list on Time Out.