Top Travel Locations to Awaken Your Inner Wanderlust
As we look forward to 2022, many of us are beginning to plan our vacations for the coming year excitedly. Over the past two years, our priorities have changed, and where we were once happy with a week or two in the sun, we are now looking at sharing unique experiences with those closest to us and travelling a little differently than before.
Travel trends for 2022 are already showing that adventurers are searching for places to spend quality time with family and friends or undertake brand new challenges and achieve life-long travel goals, either domestically or in exotic global locations.
You may be planning a multi-generational family trip or group reunion to celebrate a milestone event or wish to become a digital nomad and work from locations around the world.
Some of us may be considering pursuing the travel goals we have been putting off for years due to other commitments. Whether that be hiking the Appalachian Trail or the European classic, the Tour du Mont Blanc, cycling on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, or venturing further afield to Peru, Ecuador, or the Galapagos Islands.
Making sustainable choices whilst travelling will also be high on many peoples’ agenda in the coming year. We will become more responsible adventurers, seeking out walking, cycling, driving, rail or boat tours closer to home as an alternative to flying long-haul.
We will enjoy wellness breaks, balancing mind, body, and spirit whilst immersed in nature, shop for produce at local markets, and dine in restaurants serving fresh, seasonal menus.
When we shop, we will do it consciously, benefiting smaller cottage industries, those who produce their clothing, textiles, and handicrafts. We’ll buy from businesses that support communities to ensure the local area continues to survive and thrive.
These are all shifts we see in the travel and tourism industry, so if you’re ready to gain further inspiration, check out our top USA trending destinations for 2022 below!
Top USA Travel Destinations for 2022
Whether you wish to cycle through Vermont’s Green Mountains, through wine country to Niagara Falls, hike the highlights of Canada’s glorious National Parks or discover the trails and wildlife of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains National Park, we have the USA tour. For you in 2022!
One of our most popular cycling tours on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. This slow-paced Massachusetts vacation begins in Oak Bluffs with its rich maritime history and bustling seaport. Pedal past golden sandy beaches, marvel at Victorian architecture, discover whaling museums, lighthouses, and dramatic landscapes of Martha’s Vineyard. Continue your exploration, travelling by ferry to neighbouring Nantucket, where you’ll have the opportunity to browse designer boutiques and feast on fresh lobster at sunset with a glass of wine. Bliss.
If trekking is more your thing, immerse yourself in the wild, natural beauty of the Appalachian Trail. Although the entire trail encompasses a vast 2,185 miles, stretching from Maine to Georgia, you can choose the region that interests you the most and starts there!
Alternatively, there’s the Continental Divide, where clear blue skies make way for breath-taking landscapes with 12,000-foot peaks, tranquil lakes, and Alpine tundra. The trail runs from Waterton Lakes National Parks in the north to the USA/Mexico border in the south, traversing several states on the route, meaning there’s plenty of exciting terrain and landmarks to discover.
Peyto Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta
Top Destinations in Central and South America for 2022
One of the world’s most famous treks is the Inca Trail in Peru. The classic trail transports you on foot through dense jungle and cloud forests to the majestic mountain city of Machu Picchu – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Although it has become possible to reach the ancient Incan town by train in recent years, hiking is the only way to travel if you want to experience the journey as the early explorers did!
There are other gems to discover in Peru. Spend time in colourful Cusco, exploring the mighty fortress of Sacsayhuaman, before hiking into the Sacred Valley following in the footsteps of the Incas, or extend your trip to see the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca.
If your dream vacation is a nature-infused Galapagos Island hopping adventure, we have the perfect trip for you. On this activity-packed yet laid-back tour, you can see giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island, snorkel with seals and sea turtles in clear turquoise waters, spotting rare birdlife of Isabela, hike to the highest summit for 360-degree views or venture underground into unusual lava caves before chilling out on the hotel deck with a cocktail.
Giant tortoise on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Trending Global Destinations for 2022
Let’s talk about that trip of a lifetime, the one that keeps filling your mind with possibilities, the one that you’ve been dreaming about for years. What are you waiting for? This is your year to fulfil your travel ambitions!
Spain is home to the Camino de Santiago, the often life-changing journey across rural Spain on the world-famous ancient pilgrimage trail. The celebrated "Holy Year" of 2021 was officially extended into 2022 to allow travelers who couldn't make it during 2021 to experience it.
New Zealand features highly on most travellers’ itineraries when it comes to global destinations. We offer several tours, where you can marvel at the open landscapes of New Zealand wine country, trek Fjordland trails or double up with a driving and hiking tour, taking in geysers, jagged mountains and rolling pastures of these stunning islands.
If you don’t wish to travel too far in 2022, fly across the Atlantic to bonnie Scotland to discover ancient castles, single malt whisky trails, historic cities, fabulous nightlife and a country with some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. There are several ways to see Scotland, by car, rail, walking or cycling, depending on where you wish to visit, we can advise the best mode of transport.
Descending towards Loch Lomond on the West Highland Way
Wherever you decide to go in 2022, it will be an epic experience, creating a scrapbook of memories you’ll never forget. Check out all of our tours for some fantastic travel ideas for the coming year!