Looking for some travel inspiration for 2022? As the travel restrictions start to ease and the world opens up again, our travel plans can finally come to life. The first and, I think, most exciting part is choosing where to go!

After months of daydreaming about our holiday plans, it seems the choices are now bigger and better than ever, with many wanting to tick off those bucket list destinations, myself included. So look no further, here are the top travel destinations for 2022, that you should be looking out for:

1. Japan

The bright lights, innovative culture and design, alongside the historic traditions and temples within the mountains, is what makes Japan a must see destination for 2022. One of the most popular times of the year to visit is during the cherry blossom season, which is usually around March to May. The city of Atami, which is around 90 minutes from Tokyo, is just one of the locations where you will find Atami-zakura bloom along a peaceful stream and it’s every bit as magical as you would imagine it to be.

2. The Maldives

Ultimate luxury escapes, look no further than The Maldives. Flying over small islands, surrounded by white sands and the crystal clear blue waters, as your seaplane takes you to your very own spot in paradise, makes for a trip of dreams. Whether its your own water villa with a private pool and steps into your own spot in the ocean or a luxury beach villa where you open your terrace doors and can step directly on the white sand and stroll along the beach, each island offers something special. The vibrant corals and sea-life make it a haven for those wanting to explore the ocean, not forgetting the array or water-sports available to those who want to enjoy the turquoise waters from above. With hundreds of islands to choose from, catering to all budgets and travellers, it’s no wonder The Maldives is a hot destination for 2022.

3. Egypt

Egypt is already making its mark on travel for 2022, as it will be 100 years since British Egyptologist Howard Carter opened the door to the hidden Tomb of Tutankhamun, in November of 1922. Giving us one of the most incredible archaeological discoveries of the world and best-preserved pharaonic tomb ever to be found in the Valley of the Kings. This, alongside the anniversary of almost 200 years since Jean-Francois Champollion and his deciphering of the mysterious Rosetta Stone, means Egypt will be busy marking these very special occasions right across the country. Combine these incredible sites with a stay in Sharm El Sheikh, will give you the opportunity to relax and unwind, while being a part of a historic year for Egypt.

4. Norway

One of the most beautiful destinations in the world, with its breath-takingly dramatic mountains and coastlines, to its sustainable Scandinavian towns, it is hard not to fall in love with Norway. The Norwegian Fjords are always a big attraction, whether you choose to do it by cruise ship, allowing you to explore different parts of the country and somewhere new each day or if you choose to plan a trip by land. Either way, the impressing scenery is hard to beat. Not forgetting the wonderful capital city, with endless contemporary architecture making it one of Europe’s most stylish cities. And for that bucket-list moment, Norway is one of the best places to be for the Northern Lights, head up to the Arctic city of Alta, between November and March to be fascinated by the natural phenomenon, as Mother Nature puts on the best lights show on Earth!

5. South Africa

After nearly 2 years of being in the same place, it comes as no surprise that South Africa and its incredible safari opportunities are making top travel destinations for 2022. Escaping into the wilderness, where the green and bush stretches as far as the eyes can see, watching the big 5 go about their day, is a moment never to be forgotten. Having an elephant creep up to your jeep as you start your morning game drive, to say hello or a lion guarding his family are moments you dream of. Not only is South Africa rich with safari experiences, there is also the vibrant and exciting city of Cape Town. An incredible city voted one of the best in the world with its traditional communities, fantastic vineyards, a treasure cave for foodie fans and beautiful picturesque locations makes for a perfect way to immerse yourself in South Africa.

Jessica Aspin
Author: Jessica Aspin

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