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Vanuatu Named World’s #7 Best Place to Travel in 2023 by Travel Lemming

Pentecost                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Credit: Ben Savage, Laone Beach, Pentecost island

Media Release - Port Vila, 22 November 2022: Vanuatu has been named the 7th best place to travel in the world in 2023 by Travel Lemming, a US-based online travel guide read by more than 6 million travelers. The announcement was made on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022.

The annual list of 50 best places to travel highlights emerging destinations and hidden gems around the world (https://travellemming.com/best-places-to-travel-2023/).

“We are thrilled to have Vanuatu recognized on Travel Lemming’s top travel destinations for 2023,” said Adela Issachar-Aru, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO).

“Vanuatu really offers a life-changing experience and we are happy that our international visitors have once again answered the call of Vanuatu, as the country reopened its borders. Our pristine environment, vibrant culture, and the genuine hospitality of our people truly make it a ‘Best Place to Travel to.’”

The article hails Vanuatu for its “blue lagoons, lush rainforests, and stunning beaches,” calling it a “dreamy nature getaway” that is “the complete package.”

Rachel Davey, one of the judges for the project, commented: “Don’t believe that Vanuatu is a vacation spot to just ‘flop & drop.’ Instead, get imaginative, hike an active volcano on Tanna Island, or go diving to explore sunken luxury-liner shipwrecks. And, dedicate some time to meet the smiling locals in the smaller villages — that’s where you’ll find the real spirit of this colorful nation.”

Davey is currently on a mission to visit every country in the world, having already visited 193, and writes the blog Very Hungry Nomads.

The annual list is a collaborative project of the publication’s team of more than 25 travel writers and editors.

The top 10 destinations on the list are: 1. Lafayette, Louisiana; 2. Bhutan; 3. Utila, Honduras; 4. Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar; 5. Kosovo; 6. Salento, Colombia; 7. Vanuatu; 8. Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia; 9. Uzbekistan, and 10. Detroit, Michigan.]

By region, the full list of 50 destinations includes 7 destinations in Europe, 5 in Asia, 4 in South America, 4 in Oceania, 4 in Africa, 6 in North America (besides the US), and 20 in the United States.
Nate Hake, CEO of Travel Lemming, commented: “2023 is shaping up to be the year of ‘revenge travel,’ as travelers venture farther and go bigger with their trips.

Our unique list of 50 hidden gems is the perfect source of inspiration for that once-in-a-lifetime trip to somewhere unique.”

Travel Lemming is an online travel guide with more than 6 million annual readers. It is known for its focus on encouraging travelers to go “off the lemming path.”