6 unconventional vacations to take in 2023: ski around the world, walk through Tohoku, Japan

Travel these days is (hopefully) more about getting under the skin of the destination and soaking up the moment instead of checking off a dozen cities in a day.’s October 2022 survey including 24,000 respondents from 32 countries demonstrated that economizing is a prime influence for travel plans in 2023. Although 63 percent are intending to be thriftier, 49 and 43 percent intend to treat themselves when on trips as compensation for not travelling in the last three years or to make the vacation worth it respectively.

As a sustainable luxury travel curator, Up Norway has created spectacular off-the-beaten-path tours ranging from nature to winter sports that leave a positive impact. To celebrate innovative females across the country, it launched Tracing Norway’s Super Women, a 10-day journey.

Designed for a group of eight, this tour commences in Oslo and concludes in the coastal city of Bergen. Along the way, discover Norway’s first organic distillery, Feddie Ocean Distillery, founded by a woman. Visit Ekeberg Sculpture Park and view the striking works of female artists. Stay at Camilla Collett’s former private residence and Hotel Continental, which is run by a local family and offers five-star luxury.

Discover the culinary culture of Catalonia with Aborigens and experience the best of local dishes like chicken accompanied with lobster and the classic dish of meatballs and squid. This exclusive nine-day tour is led by renowned American writer Colman Andrews, founder-editor of food magazine Saveur and author of Ferran Adria’s biography. Get a first hand look into the life behind El Bulli, the now closed restaurant that held three Michelin stars.

The trip begins and ends in Barcelona, with stops in Costa Brava and Garrotoxa-Osona, as Andrews discusses Catalan cuisine today. There will be private tastings at family-run wineries, meals in Michelin-starred restaurants, meetings with food producers, and market tours as part of the programme. Possibly – just maybe – you will meet Ferran Adria himself.


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