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Top Travel Destinations for 2022

Top Travel Destinations: 2022 is the year for getting back out there and taking your dream trip to life, whether it’s far-flung destinations or hometown favorites.

Finding the best places to visit in 2022 is a very unique experience, but planning new adventures as a new year approaches is always exciting. Twenty22 is the year we hope to get back out there unhindered (although we will be vaccinated and COVID tested), visit our favorite destinations, and cross new ones off our list after two years of border closures, cruise cancellations, and travel restrictions galore.

In spite of the pandemic’s impact on the hospitality industry, many properties utilized the time to renovate rooms, upgrade amenities, and expand outdoor areas so they can offer even more to guests when they return. It will be in 2022 that many travelers will travel outside their country, even overseas, for the first time since the pandemic began, finally reaping the rewards of their bravery.

Though COVID variants persist, regulations are in flux, and precautions remain important, many of the destinations we selected for 2022 offer travelers what they want in a post-pandemic world, such as hotels with en suite accommodations and destinations bursting with fresh air. There are some places where you can make up for missing all the social time – like Las Vegas, which has a few headliners like Adele and the Raiders.

Top Travel Destinations for 2022

Top Travel Destinations for 2022

Abruzzo, Italy

In spite of its unspoiled villages, scenic Trabocchi Coast, and stunning natural escapes, Abruzzo, Italy, stretching from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea at the peninsula’s southern end, has long been one of the country’s most overlooked destinations. As the underdog of slow travel, sustainable gastronomy, and conscious hospitality, it has become an ambitious harbinger in recent years. Located near Civitella del Tronto, Villa Corallo is a 19th-century mansion that has been converted into a five-star hotel. At Dimore Montane, an eco-lodge opening in 2020 in Majella National Park, glamping combines with environmentally-friendly facilities, and no garbage is thrown away. The region is emerging as one of Italy’s most exciting food hotspots because of restaurants such as Bottega Culinaria in San Vito Chietino and Materia Prima in Castel di Sangro (if Niko Romito’s three-Michelin-starred Reale wasn’t enough). In addition, the Via Verde de Trabocchi, a pedestrian and cycling path along the Adriatic, is expected to be completed this Spring.

Alaska

Many U.S. travelers turned to Alaska after many international borders were closed over the past two years. Snow-capped peaks, pristine wilderness, and massive national parks make it a fantastic destination in the United States without requiring a passport. Although the 49th state has reopened its borders, interest in the state shows no signs of slowing. It is estimated that more than 1.57 million cruise ship passengers could visit southeast Alaska in summer 2022, according to Alaska’s tourism board. This is an 18% increase over 2019, the previous record year. There will be a return to full strength for many perennial favorites like Holland America after a non-existent 2020 and shortened 2021. Other cruise lines, like Windstar Cruises, UnCruise, and Hurtigruten, are launching new ships or rolling out new itineraries.

Anguilla

In December, American Airlines will launch the first-ever nonstop, direct flight from Miami to this easy-going Caribbean gem. Tradewind Aviation is also operating private charters to the island. A fleet of jets will take guests from key U.S. cities to the newly opened Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club. Chef Abram Bissell, former executive chef of Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad, and The Modern, will oversee a few of the resort’s restaurants. With perks like butler service, a 4:1 staff-to-guest ratio, and a Champagne cellar tasting room, Quinn, a boutique luxury resort, will open a more budget-friendly annex of suites in 2022. At Belmond Cap Juluca, the new restaurant Uchu draws inspiration from the properties Belmond owns in Peru. Taking its name from the Quechuan word for spice, Spice will serve contemporary Peruvian cuisine influenced by three of the country’s regions: the coast, the jungle, and the highlands.

Antarctica

After nearly two years without humans in Antarctica, the whales, seals, and penguins are likely to react differently after the pandemic. There will also be new ways to reach the White Continent thanks to the new polar-class expedition ships. For the first time, Viking Expeditions will operate twin 378-passenger ships in Antarctica in 2022. With its new 270-passenger Le Commandant Charcot, Ponant introduces eco-friendly sailing. It is the world’s first hybrid-electric ship fueled by liquified natural gas (rather than heavy fuels). With two 8-seat twin-engine helicopters, Quark Expeditions’ new 199-passenger Ultramarine provides thrilling Heli-hiking adventures. Play a few hands of craps between icy explorations on the 200-passenger Crystal Endeavor. Silver Explorer, Silversea’s 144-passenger all-suite ship, debuts a brand new travel option: Take a private flight directly from Chile to Antarctica instead of navigating the fabled (for rough water) Drake Passage.

Bahamas

The Bahamas, located about 50 miles off the coast of Florida, has long been a favorite destination for American tourists, but there are some even more reasons to visit this island nation in 2022. In New Providence, Baha Mar has a brand new water park that includes everything from lazy rivers to surf simulators. Day passes are available for those who do not resort guests. Visit the outer Bahamas islands for more rest and relaxation. There are charter flights that will take you right to where you need to be, but Crystal Cruises offers a cruise focused on the Bahamas, which will take you to some of the more remote and quieter islands. The ship will depart and depart from Nassau on its mid-July cruise and take guests to Bimini, Great Exuma, San Salvador, and Long Island via “6-star” service. Be sure to take advantage of local culture and food as well as the beach. Conch, stew fish and rock lobster are some of the island’s most famous foods. Carnival returns to Nassau after a pandemic hiatus from late April through early May. Be sure to check out the junkanoo’s famous sound and dance

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