Trip ideas for 2022: travel specialists share their insider knowledge

As the world opens up and travel resumes, the big question is — where to go? Audley Travel’s specialists have picked the best places to visit in 2022, whether you’re looking for a tropical escape, a long-awaited safari, or a slower-paced adventure.

South Africa: for an exclusive safari experience

There are dozens of reasons to visit South Africa in any given year. But, if you’ve been considering a wildlife trip, you can’t get much better than a safari in one of South Africa’s private reserves in the Kruger or Eastern Cape.

These exclusive reserves limit the number of visitors, so you can spot the Big Five while rarely seeing another 4×4. There’s also opportunities to spot rhino and head out on privately guided bush walks and night safaris.

Japan: for cultural immersion

Japanese calligraphy teacher

Fresh from Olympic success, Japan is set to shine for 2022. Hotels were refurbished, attractions restored, and English signage created in preparation for the athletes’ arrival — and you can make the most of seeing Japan at its best by visiting in their wake.

You could hike the Nakasendo Highway, a former samurai trail, take a street-food tour, or learn traditional Japanese crafts, including calligraphy, origami, and ikebana flower arranging.

The USA: for taking it slow

Hoodoos near Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon as they appear from within the arc

If you’ve been yearning for leisurely exploration, the USA’s wide-open vistas and big skies can scratch your travel itch. The best way to enjoy these landscapes is to move at a slower pace, taking the time to really experience the dramatic views and meet the people who call them home.

You could travel through the Rockies along the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, hike with a guide through the rusty-orange landscapes of Utah, or wind along California’s glamorous coastline in a vintage car.

Thailand: for a tropical escape

Long boat and rocks on Railay beach in Krabi, Thailand

Secluded coves that lead into warm waters, long stretches of sand dotted with beach bars, jungle-trimmed remote islands — Thailand has a beach to suit every taste. If you’ve been imagining escaping to a tropical hideaway, this is the destination for 2022.

However, there’s far more to Thailand than its beaches. You can combine time on the coast with a street-food tour of Bangkok, a guided tour of the ancient Siam capital of Sukhothai, or the forests and jungles of the country’s national parks.

Canada: for a wilderness adventure

Walking among remote mountain peaks with an experienced guide. Paddling a canoe on sapphire lakes. Dog sledding between firs heavy with snow… if you’re looking to go off-piste with a slice of adventure, Canada is the destination for you in 2022.

You could stay at a wilderness lodge designed especially for watching grizzlies, drive through remote fishing villages rich with maritime heritage, or stay deep in the Yukon for a chance of seeing the northern lights.

Discover more trip ideas for 2022 with Audley Travel — a UK-based tour operator with more than 25 years’ experience in creating meaningful travel shaped around you.

Audley – Tailor Made Travel


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