Lafayette, Louisiana, tops the annual list of the world’s 50 best travel destinations.

Lafayette, Louisiana, has been named the #1 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 annual list of 50 best places to travel highlights emerging destinations and hidden gems worldwide.
Ben Berthelot, President & CEO of Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, commented, “It is an honor to be recognized by Travel Lemming as the number one destination to visit in 2023. We invite their 6 million plus readers to experience the heart of Cajun and Creole Country and become immersed in our world-renowned food, music, and culture.”
The article invites travelers to “take in the aromas of Creole cuisine and the rhythm of Cajun music while wandering this Southern city’s historic streets.”
Travel Lemming writer Lana Sampa commented, “As a native Louisianan, I only grew to appreciate Lafayette as an older adult living in Texas. Lafayette is the quintessential weekend getaway that offers eclectic treasure troves. Dare I say it? I may prefer Lafayette over New Orleans!”
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
  10. Detroit, Michigan

By region, the complete list of 50 destinations includes seven 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 impressive list of 50 hidden gems is the perfect 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.”