The best destinations to visit in 2022


Well, 2021 was one year – kind of like 2020, actually.

An endless merry-go-round of ever-changing pandemic restrictions, both in the UK and overseas, meant that travel opportunities were scarce and had to be seized with almost desperate enthusiasm.

Although Omicron is already plunging travelers back into a world of border closures and red tape, glimmers of hope are looming for 2022: vaccination programs, including the administration of booster vaccines, are well more advanced than a few months ago.

So even though none of us have a crystal ball, The independentThe travel team is optimistically looking forward to where we may venture out over the next 12 months. Here is our selection – along with a selection of travel writers – of destinations to visit in the coming year.

Baie du Moulin Huet, Guernsey, Channel Islands (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

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Baie du Moulin Huet, Guernsey, Channel Islands (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

Channel Islands

With international travel always looking uncertain, opting for vacation destinations closer to home but still not in your backyard seems like a safer bet than planning an epic adventure abroad. I’ve always been a fan of the Channel Islands, thanks to their laid-back island vibes, warm climate, and bathing opportunities around every turn. And, as a traveler without a flight, I can add to the list that they are accessible from the UK by boat, creating a pleasant feeling of having traveled to a distant and exotic place during the three hour crossing. . I haven’t been to Guernsey since I was a kid, but I also want to try island hopping, visiting the much smaller islands of Alderney, Sark, and Herm for a charm even more isolated and off the beaten track. Helene coffey

Cairo, Egypt

The main cultural enterprise of the 2020s is undoubtedly the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, revealing the incredible breadth and depth of human creativity. With 100,000 artefacts, including the oldest intact boat in the world (just under 5,000 years), it will overshadow all the other archaeological museums in the world. The spectacular structure by architects Róisín Heneghan and Shi-Fu Peng offers panoramic views of the Pyramids of Giza. It has now been 20 years since President Mubarak laid the foundation stone. And at some point in this decade, it could finally open – with, according to rumors, a metro link from the center of the city. Some say the opening could take place in September; I have my visit in pencil for November 2022, but I am not buying my ticket yet. Simon calder

South West Turkey

Twice during the pandemic I was invited and booked a trip to a wedding in Dalyan in southwest Turkey – and twice it was canceled. But those months of roller coasters were enough to whet my appetite for the region’s sparkling waters, understated, locally run accommodations, sleepy coves and turtle nesting sites, not to mention more flashy beach resorts and spa hotels. along the coast. I am determined to make 2022 the year I arrive at this mysterious Mediterranean foreigner – while I have been to neighboring Greece at least 20 times, I have never made it here. If I was feeling particularly adventurous, I might try hiking part of the Lycian Way, a 400 km, 29-day pine-scented coastal road from Fethiye to Antalya – before celebrating with a week-long flop at a hotel in seaside. But I would be just as happy with a sunny lounge in late summer with a boat trip or two to satisfy my urge to explore. LT

Kuleli Bay, Turkey (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

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Kuleli Bay, Turkey (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

Valencia, Spain

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I had big plans to make my way to this sun-drenched seaside town on Spain’s east coast in 2020, having promised to stop by when a friend returned from a friend’s wedding near Cadiz in the spring. But … well, you know the rest. Global pandemic; marriage annulled; closed borders; blah blah blah. I’m not there in 2021 either, but so much the better – in 2022 Valencia is awarded two quite interesting titles: European Capital of Smart Tourism and World Capital of Design. In addition to this, it is at the head of the responsible tourism peloton, having become the first city in the world to measure and verify its carbon and water footprints of its tourism activity. CH


This intriguing country has been on my bucket list for so long that I may have included it as an entry in our ‘where I’d like to go in 2018’ roundup. I still haven’t made it to this culturally and historically rich Silk Road stop – the pandemic and my own decision to stop flying or sustainability reasons have provided some pretty comprehensive roadblocks. But I hope that neither will be insurmountable for long: after all, it is possible to reach Uzbekistan by land, and the travel restrictions cannot last forever (can they?). The country relaxed its entry policy a few years ago – UK passport holders can stay up to 30 days, visa-free. And, best of all, I have already prepared my itinerary thanks to the Ambassador of Uzbekistan Sophie Ibbotson, who tweeted with her suggestions: “Lazgi Festival (dance) in Khiva in April; Stihia Festival (electronic music) in Moynaq in May; Lavender festival in Kokand in June; Sharq Taronalari (world music) in Samarkand in August; Silk Road Literature Festival in Tashkent and Bukhara in September; International Festival of Craftsmen in Kokand in September; Tashkent Film Festival in September. Tadao Ando also designed the extension of the National Museum of Arts and the Center of Islamic Civilization which will both open in Tashkent by the end of 2022 … ”. CH

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Winter, eh? Miserable, especially in these high latitudes. However, on February 4, the tourism situation will clear up. This is the scheduled opening date for the Game of Thrones studio tour, in the unusual setting of a shopping center outside the town of Banbridge, south of Belfast. He seeks to do for the medieval realism of the HBO series what the Harry Potter experience near Watford does for fans of JK Rowling. Northern Ireland has a reasonable right of visitation: the National Trust property of Castle Ward, outside Strangford, also serves as Winterfell Castle. SC

Tiger's Nest Temple, Bhutan (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

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Tiger’s Nest Temple, Bhutan (Getty Images / iStockphoto)


The small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan was the original ‘premium’ destination – with a minimum spending requirement and the national tourism organization promoting ‘Bhutan as a premium tourist destination in a manner consistent with the principles of national happiness. raw “. This concept is courtesy of the King, who will royally reopen the 250-mile Trans-Bhutan Trail in March as a tourist experience (only well-heeled visitors need to apply). The path has been restored by the Bhutan Canada Foundation. SC

Turin, Italy

Turin, the affluent and aesthetic capital of the Piedmont region in northern Italy, has much more to offer than the famous shroud. With long avenues of refined architecture, a distinctive cuisine that includes many rich Piedmont cheeses, local hazelnuts and generous shavings of white truffle all over, and an enviable position a stone’s throw from the mountains for ski trips or summer hikes, this is a city with a lot to recommend. However, I have more of a reason inspired by the guilty pleasure of wanting to visit in 2022 – Turin hosts the Eurovision Song Contest after undeniably hot young men, Maneskin, won last year’s event dressed in the head to toe in iridescent burgundy leather. Mmm. CH

British Columbia

For someone who has never been outside of Ontario, the healthy, nature-rich state of Western Canada feels like a whole other country to explore. After two years largely locked away in the UK, I’m confident its pine forests, quaint coastal towns and hiking trails would soothe my soul – via great food and craft beers in Vancouver, its gateway to urban entrance served by frequent flights. I have my particular eye on the Cranbrook Loop in Ainsworth where you can visit several spas surrounded by nature including the mineral rich Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park. Add in fresh seafood dinners and its own under-the-radar wine scene, and I’m practically running for the plane. And who doesn’t love Canadians? Lucy thackray

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