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2023 American Mediterranean Travel Trends
by Clare Evans
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2023 American Mediterranean Travel Trends

2023 American Mediterranean Travel Trends
If you’re one of the many Americans searching for the perfect Mediterranean getaway, here are what the biggest travel trends are set to be in the region in 2023.
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If you’re anything like us, you’re already looking forward to your first adventure of 2023, and already researching the best vacation spots. While searching, it’s hard not to be seduced by the sun, sea and culture of the Mediterranean - so why not give in and plan your next getaway there?

2023 is shaping up to be an excellent year for those based in the United States to travel abroad, and now is the perfect time to book. Read on to see the top American travel trends we predict for 2023 and why now is the time to secure your vacation plans.

Why now is the perfect time for Americans to indulge in Mediterranean travel

While you may not be keeping up with the currency markets to see what’s up and what’s down, one big news story is sure to intrigue and excite Americans: recently the US dollar has been surging. Confidence in the US economy has led to the US dollar becoming particularly strong when compared to other currencies, including the euro and the pound. 

That means your American dollar is going to go farther in so many of the stunning Mediterranean locations where you can find our villas, from perfect Puglia to magical Mykonos. It also means now is a particularly good time to book your next getaway, allowing you to get the best accommodation and activities for a more affordable price.

Not only that, securing your booking now will set your plans for next year in motion; there’s nothing better than having something to look forward to. From sampling the best food that Sicily has to offer to exploring the history of the Ionian islands, travelling across the Mediterranean is the best way to start your spring or summer.

The best Mediterranean vacation spots and activities for Americans

As the weather starts to turn in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, people are understandably already thinking about their next holiday- in fact, we have found that most US booking enquiries and site searches we receive at this time of year are for April through August of 2023.

When it comes to destinations Americans booked with us in 2022, the most popular in order were:

  • Sicily

  • Puglia

  • Greece

  • Corsica

  • The Tuscan Islands

Let's take a deep dive into the top three most popular destinations for Americans.

The most popular American holiday destinations



If you’re after some of the world’s best food with stunning weather and scenery, then Sicily is the ideal destination. It’s little wonder we have seen a high interest from Americans this year.

We’re particularly fond of this Italian slice of paradise, as it’s where The Thinking Traveller first began. We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, and have spent the past two decades taking the time to truly understand this destination inside and out - and we’re proud of the unparalleled knowledge we now have of this region. From recommendations for the finest restaurants to setting you up with the best activities and excursions, our team of experts are here to take care of every little detail and ensure you have the adventure abroad you deserve. You’re in good company when you travel with us to Sicily.

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It’s hard not to fall in love with this stunning region of Italy. If you think of the country as a boot, Puglia would be its fashionable heel. Some of the best Italian beaches and coastline can be found in Puglia - we can see exactly why so many Americans are searching for our villas in the area.

Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in the unique culture and art galleries of the south of Italy or just relax in the sunshine as the waves lap at the shore, a holiday to Puglia is something you can easily look forward to all year long.

Explore our villas in Puglia



From the Ionian Islands in the west to the Cyclades in the east (and everything in between), it’s no surprise that Americans are already planning their holidays to Greece.

Greece is a popular destination for travellers around the world. It boasts some of the best preserved ancient historical sights (expect to see at least one UNESCO World Heritage Site while you’re there), as well as delicious food and exciting nightlife. We recommend indulging in a bit of island hopping, discovering what makes each small island so unique, before heading back to your villa to relax.

Discover Greece

Favourite American vacation activities

If you’re like us, then a vacation isn’t complete without a selection of activities and excursions. According to our statistics, here are the top six Think Experiences Americans have booked with us:

View our top Mediterranean adventures

Where to stay

No matter which vacation destination you choose, we have beautiful villas that are as unique and full of character as you are. Since 2018, these have been three most popular villas among our American clientele - and for good reason!


1. Baia dei Turchi, Sicily

Looking for a villa with the wow factor? This fabulous sea-front family villa has something for everyone - and it’s just a few minutes’ walk away from one of Sicily’s most stunning beaches. We recommend enjoying the private Jacuzzi and sea-front sauna, and taking advantage of the infinity pool, which features a spectacular view.

Book Baia dei Turchi


2. Villa Eterea, Puglia

We love Puglia for its beautiful beaches and culture-filled towns, and if you want to literally see it all from your terrace, Villa Eterea is the perfect place to stay. Occupying a supremely panoramic position from which it surveys vast swathes of the Adriatic coastline, this villa is a home like no other.

Book Villa Eterea


3. Don Arcangelo all’Olmo, Sicily

Described by Condé Nast Traveller as the best villa in Sicily, this is quite simply one of our favourite places to stay on the island. Sitting between the sea and Mount Etna, Don Arcangelo all’Olmo will surprise and delight you all through your stay. This is a unique villa ideal for a bigger group - perhaps it will help facilitate your next multigenerational holiday abroad.

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Honourable mentions


Other popular villas among Americans, all of which are located on Sicily, include:

Explore all of our Sicilian villas


We would also be remiss not to mention our favourite Greek villas, which are fantastic bases our clientele love:

  • The spacious and beautiful


    on Paxos

  • The mesmerising and inspiring


    on Tinos

  • The dreamy and aesthetic


    on Paros

Find your perfect Greek villa

Enjoy an unforgettable Mediterranean vacation with The Thinking Traveller

Now is the perfect time to book your holiday to the Mediterranean, and if you’re looking to travel in style and live like a local, we would love to have you as our guests.

Every journey with The Thinking Traveller is luxurious and unique, and will make you want to come back again and again to see what else the region has to offer. If you are a return client, then you can also make the most of our 2023 returners offer - and if you book before Thanksgiving, you’ll get a complementary Think Experience on us.

Enquire at your convenience to begin planning the perfect 2023 holiday.

Begin planning your 2023 vacation