As border restrictions ease and vaccines continue to roll out, travel is becoming a very real possibility for 2022. We’re not out of the woods yet though, and travelers are still tentatively planning trips around local restrictions. That means more people are dreaming of the great outdoors with plenty of space for distancing, plus safer countries with a strong response to the pandemic. Travelers are also planning responsible travel experiences, and big bucket list adventures to make up for lost time. From Europe to Asia and everywhere in between, here’s our pick of the biggest trending 2022 travel destinations.
Since we’ve lost over a year of travel, more people are ready to splurge on their 2022 travel destinations. And if you want extravagance, it’s got to be Scandinavia. Imagine luxury hotels set on the edge of plunging fjords and world-class train journeys winding through lush mountains. Think lavish palaces dripping in royal history, and stylish cities packed with all the best boutiques, bars and restaurants. From Sweden, Norway and Denmark, to Finland and Iceland, it’s time to go Nordic on your 2022 travels.
2. Australia & New Zealand
We’ll never take a holiday for granted again, so 2022 is the time to go all out with some big bucket list destinations – like Australia and New Zealand. With breathtaking and diverse landscapes, unique wildlife, delicious cuisine and incredible cultures, both countries are bucket list goals.
Australia and New Zealand also both had some of the strongest responses to the pandemic. They kept their borders firmly shut over a year, and much of the region is now living relatively COVID-free. As soon as those borders are open again, we’re sure there’ll be plenty of travellers making their way down under…. So get in first in 2022!
3. Costa Rica
There’s never been a better time to take care of your wellbeing. If you’re ready to get away and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in an eco-friendly paradise, Costa Rica has to be on your list. You’ll get back to nature with jungle adventures, wildlife experiences, volcano treks and plenty of beach time. Plus you’ll get to meet inspiring locals from organic farmers to wildlife conservationists. Sustainable travel will be one of the biggest 2022 travel trends, so get ahead and start planning your Costa Rica trip.
4. Greece & Italy
After living through such uncertain times, we all could go for some predictable pleasure. Greece and Italy never let you down, from the gorgeous islands to the romantic cities and ancient history.
Whether you want to hop through wineries in Tuscany, or lounge on the beaches of Santorini, you know you’re in for a truly wonderful time in this sunny part of the world. The best part? You can easily combine both Greece and Italy in one perfect trip.
5. Georgia & Armenia
Tired of looking at the four walls of your house? You’re probably ready to look beyond the classic destinations and embark on an offbeat adventure. Why not choose Georgia and Armenia, two incredible, yet relatively untapped, countries in Europe?
They might be a well-kept secret now, but they’re set to be a trending 2022 travel destination… So it’s time to start planning now. From the gorgeous mountain landscapes and the ancient monasteries and wineries to the friendly locals and indulgent cuisine, Georgia and Armenia are the ultimate destinations for a brand new adventure in 2022.
Spending time in nature is good for your mental and physical wellbeing… And there are few better places to get outdoors than Canada. As soon as you set eyes on the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies and the emerald lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks, you’ll fall in love all over again with our beautiful planet. Take a ride across the Athabasca Glacier, journey through spectacular scenery on the Rocky Mountaineer train, or learn about the traditions of the country’s indigenous people. Canada is definitely on the cards for 2022.
7. Kenya & Tanzania
After reflecting on the impact that tourism has on people and the planet, the future of travel is all about responsible and sustainable tourism. Many communities have suffered greatly in the wake of the pandemic. We can’t wait to get back to our favourite spots to support our local hosts again, including in Kenya and Tanzania.
When you go on safari with Trafalgar, you’ll support local businesses and families, and protect the incredible wildlife. Spot elephants and lions in the Serengeti and meet the colourful Masai tribesman. Walk the ancient floor of the Ngorongoro Crater and visit sanctuaries for rhinos and chimpanzees. Responsible travel will be one of the biggest 2022 travel trends, and Kenya and Tanzania are at the top of the list.
Spent all year in lockdown? You deserve to reward yourself… And where better than Singapore? This luxurious city-state is the perfect place for a stopover or a longer holiday. Plus Singapore had one of the most effective responses to the pandemic, making it a safer option for 2022 travel.
Imagine lavish skyscrapers and malls and showstopping gardens and waterfalls. Wander through world-class museums, theme parks and attractions, and colourful neighbourhoods. Experience a rainbow of diverse cuisines and cultures from China to Malaysia to India. Singapore really has it all and it’s no wonder it’s going to be a trending destination in 2022.
9. Great Britain and Ireland
If you want the best of nature and history, Great Britain and Ireland should be at the top of your 2022 travel destinations list. This is a place where you can marvel at the world’s most beautiful landscapes while diving into centuries of history.
Wander through regal castles then roam through the Scottish Highlands or the golden beaches of Devon and Cornwall. Unravel the mysteries of Stonehenge and the Giant’s Causeway, then walk in the footsteps of authors and poets in the Lakes District. With friendly locals welcoming you at every stop, Great Britain and Ireland will be one of the most soul-stirring travel destinations in 2022.
Which destinations are you planning to visit with us in 2022? Let us know in the comments below!