before going back. Another January, another variant sweeping the globe. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned from the covid chaos of the past two years, it’s that it will take a lot more than a mutant virus to beat us.
As long as there are beaches to float on, sparkling oceans to float on, and new hot spam hotels all over the gram, we’ll be there. Here’s the best of 2022 – start planning.
It doesn’t take an epidemiologist to figure out that we desperately want to move around freely – and more and more hiking vacations have hit the market. Promising fresh mountain air, wide open spaces and unbridled escape – these are just what you need. According to booking.com, it’s all about the Tatra National Park in Poland – head for the forests and coves of the Strążyska Valley or the crystal-clear waters of Lake Morskie Oko, also known as the Eye of the Sea. Find cheap and luxury hotels in the nearby town of Zakopane. Elsewhere, the new Transcaucasian Trail that crosses Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan is the next big thing on a walking holiday. World Expeditions (worldexpeditions.com) offers a variety of 7-day treks through ruined ancient monasteries, pretty wildflower meadows, snow-capped mountains, and rocky gorges. With minimal phone signal, your OOO will be firmly on.
You smiled beautifully and put up with it trip after trip to Margate. But not more. You need a beach holiday with a legitimate excellent beach: hola, Valencia. Serena Guen, Founder of Suitcase Magazine, says, “We especially like Valencia for solo travelers because of the laid-back locals and easy access to all attractions, beaches and landmarks, like the Science Museum, Valencia Cathedral and the town hall. The city has been named the World Design Capital for 2022, so expect a year-long program of creative events as well. In Italy, Rome is having fun with a slew of cool new hotel openings – The Hoxton, Soho House Rome, W Rome, Rome Edition, Rosewood Rome and Six Senses Rome – making it the perfect time to visit the Eternal City. .
It is a universally recognized truth that it is impossible not to have a good time in the United States. This year, according to Booking.com, Atlanta, Georgia is the place to be. Or should we say Hotlanta – avoid the summer months in this scorching city. With its exceptional food scene – head to one of local hero chef Ford Fry’s restaurants – and fascinating cultural sites, including the walking tour of the Historic King District (unexpectedatlanta.com) that brings the movement of civil rights. Stay at the bustling Clermont Hotel, which stands proudly above one of the city’s oldest strip clubs and dive bars, the Clermont Lounge. Alternatively, there is never a bad time for a California dream. Suitcase boss Guen says it’s all about Los Angeles’ booming Highland Park neighborhood. “It has amazing restaurants, natural wine bars and our world’s favorite specialty food store, the Cookbook Market.”
Board the (more sustainable) ferry to Emerald Isle. Originally from Ireland and founder of luxury travel consultancy LUTE, John O’Ceallaigh, says 2022 is the year to travel to his homeland. “For the ultimate in escapism, the Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Drive is a spectacularly rugged and secluded drive that runs through the west of the country.” For something more cozy, he says, head to the chic new Cashel Palace hotel (opening March). Part of the Relais & Châteaux group, the restored Palladian mansion is in the heart of lush Tipperary – expect fine dining, a world-class spa and lots of decadence. Black Tomato (blacktomato.com) celebrates the major new opening by launching a Tipperary Heritage Tour, including a private after-hours tour of the spectacular Rock of Cashel. In February, the official Game of Thrones Studios Tour opens at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. From early costume sketches to original scripts and spectacular sets, cross the border for total immersion in the heart of Westeros (from £ 39.50; gameofthronesstudiotour.com).
In 2022, travel will be “post-experiential,” says Mr & Mrs Smith Creative Director Louis AW Sheridan. “Our members are looking for truly immersive journeys, experiences and entry points to a whole new lifestyle. These are beyond the listed experiences and day trips that we are familiar with, and rather are deep dives from start to finish into another world. Where to start Head to Zapata Ranch in the United States. “It’s a limitless Colorado cowboy business where days are spent in the saddle and nights sharing stories around a campfire,” says Sheridan (mrandmrssmith.com). Black Tomato is also witnessing this trend in transformational travel and going big on his unique journeys for 2022. Think: close encounters with gorillas in Rwanda, a private charter through Antarctica, and slow sailing on a traditional Dahabiya on the Nile (blacktomato.com).
“The journey will not only be about the final destination, but how to get there,” says Sarah Allard, digital editor at Conde Nast Traveler. “Not only does train travel offer a new and unexpected view of the world – with stops in invisible and unknown places – but it’s also better for the planet. Allard suggests the Rocky Mountaineer’s new two-day route from Denver to Moab, Utah, which traverses canyons, vast deserts, and the state’s famous ancient fairy chimneys (rockymountaineer.com). Closer to home, the waiting list for a place on one of Orient Express’s new pinch-me La Dolce Vita trips to Italy (orient-express.com) is sure to fill up soon and there there’s always our own classic Caledonian Sleeper. (sleeper.scot). Embark for the night in Edinburgh and stay in the highly anticipated new Gleneagles Townhouse (gleneagles.com) when it opens in March.
“I expect vacationers to yearn for adventure and new horizons in the coming year and one of my personal resolutions is to visit countries I have never known before. Uzbekistan tops the list, ”says O’Ceallaigh, founder of LUTE. A new international airport terminal opened in Samarkand in December 2021, making UNESCO sites in the ancient city immediately accessible, while the country’s high-speed train network is being extended this year to provide seamless connections to Tashkent, Bukhara and Khiva. ” New openings of luxury hotels, such as the Hyatt Regency (the country’s first 5-star establishment), will increase the comfort factor, while the opening of the gigantic State Museum of Arts, redesigned by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, Will attract architecture and culture enthusiasts. Later in the year, new €The 100m Amirsoy resort in the Chatkal mountains is touted as the next big ski destination.
Sri Lanka’s economy has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic (tourism revenues fell by $ 3 billion in the first eight months of 2021). But the borders are now open and this is already one of the Flash Pack’s most requested trips. “Sri Lanka is expected to be one of the hottest destinations in 2022 according to our recent surge in bookings,” said co-founder Lee Thompson. “The incredible landscapes, the rich and authentic culture and the tropical beaches have proven to be irresistible for those who wish to indulge their desire to travel next year.” Stay at one of Resplendent Ceylon’s ever-popular luxury resorts which launched two dream immersive trips for 2022. Choose surfing, whale watching and safaris with an all-action adventure tour, or hone in on your whistle with tea tastings, cooking classes and dune dinner under the stars as part of the Food Trip (resplendentceylon.com). When in doubt, the super stylish and laid back Teardrop Hotels across the country can’t be beat (teardrop-hotels.com).