Travel & Culture

2023 Travel Trends Forecast From A Pro (Win!)

March 8, 2023

With 2023 expected to be a big and busy year for Canadian travellers, Victor Tam, co-founder of Canadian travel and lifestyle brand Monos, shares his forecast for trends in travel this year, below. —Noa Nichol

Hi Victor! Please tell us a bit about yourself and Monos to start!

I’m one of three co-founders and the CEO of Monos, an award-winning lifestyle brand that makes timeless goods for the mindful traveller. We make well-designed products that are made to last and accessible to everyone and also that we ourselves as consumers would want to own. I’m super proud of what we’ve built so far, with lots to come on the horizon. Change and disruption has always been at the core of what I love to do. I started my first business in high school and have been involved in a number of ventures in the digital eCommerce space for the past 20 years. I’m a digital marketer and serial entrepreneur at heart, and have a passion for consumer psychology, branding and design. Outside of work, my two kids and two dogs keep me busy!

We’re getting ready to make travel plans for 2023, and would love to know, from a pro, will the next 12 months be big for travel (compared with pandemic years past)?

The next 12 months of travel will continue to be big. There is still a backlog of destinations that many Canadians have not gotten to visit, and friends and family that Canadians have been waiting to travel with. Particularly for the latter, travellers who prioritized family vacations last year may focus on travelling with friends this year, or vice versa.

Where are Canadians going, and why? Staying local, or casting a wider (international) net?

I anticipate that most Canadians will go international this year, with every country now fully open. However, the trend of local long weekend trips are here to stay, as lots of people have discovered the beauty of local travel and short getaways during the lockdown.

Why are flight and hotel prices seemingly so crazy (read: high) right now? Any tips/tricks on saving a buck or two?

The trick is to look for places that most people aren’t going. That may sound odd at first glance, “Why would I want to go where no one else wants to go?” but travel is all about looking at opportunities. For example, hotels in Hong Kong are still half the price but from there you can also easily visit Japan and Thailand which are within two hours away. The usual hotspots—Hawaii, Italy, Mexico—are going to be expensive right now due to the overall demand.

Luggage wise, what are most people packing, and packing in, this year? Trends in size, colours, etc? Tips for taking a carry-on on a longer trip?

Due to problems with lost bags with airlines, we see a big shift toward carry-ons now. Our Carry On Plus and compressible packing cube has been a very popular combination. Add our Metro Backpack or Duffel and you will be good to go for that two-week trip!

Personal question: what’s on your travel bucket list for 2023?

Mongolia would be on my bucket list. The landscape is so vast there, and I love places where I can be removed from the big city.

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  1. laurel jones

    March 9th, 2023 at 9:07 am

    providence RI, Bakersfield @rosehavenca

  2. Deb Wong

    March 9th, 2023 at 9:11 am

    Great gift for any traveller!

  3. Kim C

    March 9th, 2023 at 9:14 am

    Hawaii! @kim.zzo

  4. Myrna Johnson

    March 9th, 2023 at 9:25 am

    Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

  5. Lynda Larsen-Baldry

    March 9th, 2023 at 9:28 am

    I would love to travel anywhere but not sure our budget can handle it

  6. Esther

    March 9th, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Just booked a ticket to Europe! Woo!

  7. Esther

    March 9th, 2023 at 9:32 am


  8. J. Tam

    March 9th, 2023 at 9:40 am

    My bucket list travel destinations for this year include, Hawaii, Montreal and hopefully somewhere in Europe! ✈️ @jcont1234 ✈️

  9. Velma Sandry

    March 9th, 2023 at 9:41 am

    An absolute favourite destination of mine is dreamy Hawaii! Lovely people, fabulous food, shopping and endless exploration n

  10. Janice Cournoyer

    March 9th, 2023 at 9:56 am

    I would love to visit Quebec City this summer. @janicour_mb

  11. Mark Canto

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:01 am

    Cuba, Vegas and Texas! @wakemeupbefore7

  12. Sarah Sansom

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:08 am

    Ireland! @sar_1986

  13. Pnina Lutwak

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:08 am

    Hawaii is a dream


  14. Karine Silverberg

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:25 am

    Looking forward to going to Croatia! Definitely on my bucket list

  15. Phyllis Wilson

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:28 am

    The west kootenay and Mexico @romantaimaggie

  16. Greer Nelson

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:29 am

    leaving for Japan next month!

  17. Greer Nelson

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:29 am

    Leaving for japan next month and a work trip to London in the fall!!

  18. Maureen Liz Beisel

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:35 am

    Italy is on my list! @akathenan

  19. Jackie Worobetz

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Visit friends in Texas, in BC, and possibly a warm getaway to Hawaii 😍

  20. Monique L.S.

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:47 am

    Going to Dominican Republic for first time.
    IG @minty_mo2020

  21. Rita Duff

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Love to go to Greece

  22. Lillian Brown

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:57 am

    Going to Prince Edward Island on ig lillianmb23

  23. Dayna Vitale

    March 9th, 2023 at 11:07 am

    Hoping to get to Florida&the Caribbean!

  24. Dale Ben

    March 9th, 2023 at 11:14 am

    Want to go to Grenada so bad!!!

  25. Sharon Klingbell

    March 9th, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Would love to fly to Montreal with my girls this year! @sharonklingbell

  26. Hanna Kim

    March 9th, 2023 at 11:19 am

    East Coast Canada 🇨🇦

  27. Lena

    March 9th, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Bucket list for the year is Vancouver and surrounding areas in BC! @nik.paprocki

    These are beautiful luggage pieces!

  28. Patty Yoon

    March 9th, 2023 at 11:25 am

    Love that Monos is a local company. I love their luggage collection and that they have a cover.
    Instagram: pdawg1064

  29. Christina Cumayas

    March 9th, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    Spain, Italy & Morocco!!!!!!!


  30. So La

    March 9th, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    France! @farting_frog

  31. Shrusti Patel

    March 9th, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Visiting Europe.

  32. Shrusti

    March 9th, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Visiting Europe. Bucklist is long but the first on it would be Africa.
    IG @bubblespatel

  33. Susan Boudreau

    March 9th, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Big trip planned in June to Greece, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Turkey. This would be lovely to win 🏆

  34. Wendy Hutton

    March 9th, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    I dream of a trip to Scotland @wghutton

  35. Melanie Camirand

    March 9th, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    A travel to Nova Scotia.
    IG : @melcami1

  36. Claire

    March 9th, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Greece!! @cap.jpg

  37. Bonnie Sibley

    March 9th, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    Montreal @bonnie.sibley

  38. M J Smith

    March 9th, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    Palm Springs here we come.

  39. Amanda Masters

    March 9th, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    Heading to England and Scotland, so excited

  40. Jennifer Wilson

    March 9th, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Hawaii is on my bucket list.
    IG @jenn20wilson

  41. Ammie

    March 9th, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    Paris and Italy 🇮🇹 😘 @ammie.890

  42. Kimberly Mc

    March 9th, 2023 at 8:31 pm

    Take me to Iceland!!

  43. Kimberly Mc

    March 9th, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    Or Japan ! @heymcerlean

  44. Marina Gardiner

    March 9th, 2023 at 10:11 pm


  45. Justine H

    March 10th, 2023 at 5:34 am

    Italy and Portugal are on my bucket list this year.

  46. Annette Chai

    March 10th, 2023 at 8:19 am

    The Maritimes


  47. Kristy M

    March 10th, 2023 at 9:37 am

    Mexico is always on my bucket list to visit !

  48. Aixin

    March 10th, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Japan for sure

  49. Aixin

    March 10th, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Japan for sure


  50. Tracy Trottier

    March 10th, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Hoping for a European River Cruise

  51. Tracy Trottier

    March 10th, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Hoping to go on a European River Cruise

  52. David Smith

    March 10th, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Hawaii @coach_Daves9

  53. jan

    March 10th, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Belgium is one of my travel destinations

  54. Sandra

    March 10th, 2023 at 10:50 am

    ❤️❤️❤️ Hawaii is the dream destination, Hope and Kelowna will be achievable this ☀️ summer

  55. Marie-Josée Poiré

    March 10th, 2023 at 11:27 am

    Ireland ! Thank you for this contest ! @mjpoire61

  56. Rosanne Robinson

    March 10th, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    Banff is on my bucket list.

  57. Nikki L

    March 10th, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    I would choose Costa Rica

  58. Elissa Rojo

    March 10th, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    I’ll be heading to Spain and possibly Portugal this year!

  59. Katarina Gratton

    March 10th, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    Need to visit my mom & sister in Europe, after 5 long years!

  60. Mike

    March 11th, 2023 at 6:36 am

    Hawaii is my bucketlist for this year ❤️


  61. Tabby72

    March 11th, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Italy! @tabby_1972

  62. Claudia N.

    March 11th, 2023 at 8:06 am


  63. Kristen Visser

    March 11th, 2023 at 10:18 am

    We are going to Punta cana next month but would love to take our daughters to Disney @krisha444444

  64. Faye

    March 11th, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Travel destination Hawaii. @gggs789

  65. Becky

    March 11th, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Family vacation to North Conway NH this summer

  66. Helen C @mhcant

    March 11th, 2023 at 12:41 pm


  67. Mary D.

    March 11th, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    This will be too late for my NOLA trip but I am only taking a carry on. Next trip on the bucket list is Denmark and the Scandi nations.

  68. Rachel Vinet

    March 11th, 2023 at 1:42 pm


  69. Catherine Robichaud

    March 11th, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Hoping to get to Florida, the Caribbean and see more of Canada this year.

    IG @ccrobich

  70. Sabrina

    March 11th, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    Italy @sabrinamagdi


    March 11th, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    Eastern Caribbean, Miami, Whistler @whitwort2000

  72. Anthony Smith

    March 11th, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    Paradise Island, Bahamas @crazyalbertan9

  73. Kelly Fowler

    March 12th, 2023 at 6:53 am

    I really want to go to Italy this fall to meet my new grand baby! 💕 @kdawne

  74. Klara Wang

    March 12th, 2023 at 10:55 am

    Graduating this year so I won’t have that much vacation time but I am hoping to go to Vegas or L.A for a week!


  75. Alice S.

    March 12th, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    Maui and Vegas @tigerd18

  76. Gina Hildebrandt

    March 12th, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    My bucket list consists of traveling to Las Vegas!
    IG – @lumberduckswife

  77. Shiwei

    March 12th, 2023 at 3:30 pm



  78. Jason

    March 12th, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    Hawaii @jtwltd123

  79. Nolan Smith

    March 12th, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    A new carpet and a home office

  80. Rachel C.

    March 13th, 2023 at 2:39 am

    jersey (the channel island) and england!


  81. Anna Robinson

    March 13th, 2023 at 6:47 am

    New York City ❤️


  82. Karla Sceviour

    March 13th, 2023 at 7:28 am

    We are planning on taking a trip from NL to BC! Fun!

  83. Lisa Low

    March 13th, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    Paris in the springtime! @minimia604

  84. Shirley O

    March 13th, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    Florida is on my bucket list this year. @backinbloom2

  85. Lianne Dearle

    March 13th, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    I’d love to go to Iceland.


  86. Ming K

    March 13th, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    Japan & Singapore @squirmer03

  87. Shelly

    March 14th, 2023 at 9:50 am

    Japan! @nomyums_

  88. Vincent

    March 14th, 2023 at 10:28 am


  89. Jiajie dong

    March 14th, 2023 at 12:07 pm



  90. Jenelle Fraser

    March 14th, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    Montego Bay, Jamaica and the Amalfi Coast in Italy are on my bucket list this year! @jenelleefraser

  91. Yung L

    March 14th, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    London & Malaysia @lyungcr

  92. sonal

    March 15th, 2023 at 10:02 am

    My bucket list of this year is DUBAI

  93. Sonal

    March 15th, 2023 at 10:03 am

    My bucket list of this year is

    Instagram handle @sonal.k_c

  94. Danny M

    March 15th, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    I’m heading for Taiwan this year to celebrate my daughter’s wedding! @maibdan

  95. Darci Paice

    March 15th, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    Mexico is where I hope to go! @darcipinbc

  96. Jax Bailey

    March 15th, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    Las Vegas and Jasper for me @jaxbailey17

  97. Tatiana

    March 16th, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    Portugal and Costa Rica @Life.outnumbered

  98. Betty Spry

    March 16th, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    My travel bucket list includes a trip to the West coast to visit family @harriette106742

  99. Cathy Manley

    March 16th, 2023 at 7:57 pm


  100. Tiesha Dorleans

    March 16th, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Hawaii. @SweetTD93

  101. Louise Lormestoir

    March 16th, 2023 at 9:28 pm

    Jamaica @bella_loulou1

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