Itching to travel in 2022 but don’t no where to go or where to start looking? Well, you’re in for a treat. From the green mountainous coasts of Ireland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, to the desert of Utah and Arizona, to the tropical bucket list destinations of Maui, St. Lucia, Tahiti and Bora Bora, this comprehensive guide lists all of the best vacation ideas in 2022 for you.
1. Bushmills, Northern Ireland
While major cities in Ireland like Dublin, Belfast and Galway get the vast majority of the travel hype, you really need to leave the city in order to truly experience Ireland. You will not find the Ireland you daydream about — with rolling green hills covered in morning mist, sheep and stark stone bluffs — in these cities.
In order to experience the Irish countryside in all its glory, stay in the town of Bushmills. Near Bushmills, you can find unimaginable views at the legendary Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle.
2. Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA (Vacation Ideas 2022)
The only viable place to vacation in 2022 after two straight years of stress and sadness is the happiest place on Earth: Walt Disney World.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, it is a collection of amusement parks all thematically revolving Mr. Mickey Mouse.
- Magic Kingdom is the most well-known park, home to the famous Disney castle, Space Mountain rollercoaster, and lots of princes and princess.
- In Animal Kingdom, one of the sister parks, Mickey and the Disney gang transport you to the jungle. Animal Kingdom is also the home to many safari animals, the tree of life and the yeti-themed rollercoaster, Expedition Everest.
- Next, there is Epcot. As you walk through Epcot, you will walk through numerous replica countries/cities (such as Paris, Mexico, the U.K., China and Japan) where you get to experience culture, cultural food and more rides.
- Lastly, Hollywood Studios offers, as the name suggests, a walk-through replica of a Hollywood cinema studio. Two highlights of Hollywood Studios are the notorious Tower Of Terror and Rockin’ Rollercoaster.
3. Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands have become a social media hit in the last couple of years, and I have no doubt that tourism to the Faroe Islands will grow as one of the most popular vacation ideas in 2022.
In the Faroe Islands, you can expect a mix of Iceland, Scotland and Ireland — but on a massive scale. Just of the coast of Scotland, the epic green cliffs and jagged rocks of the Faroe Islands remained almost completely untouched. That’s why I believe this place to be one of the best travel destinations in 2022. Go before the rest of the world discovers it!
4. French Polynesia
If there was one thing humanity learned in 2020 and 2021, it’s that experience matters. I firmly believe that people are beginning to understand and financially prioritize the importance of experience.
What a better way to experience travel than by submerging in a tropical vacation to French Polynesia in 2022?
Tahiti (Vacation Ideas 2022)
French Polynesia is a strand of several islands, including Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and more.
Tahiti is a more budget-friendly island option, and it still certainly delivers everything you would ever need in a Polynesian vacation. Crystal blue waters are visible between the islands of Tahiti and Moorea; meanwhile, dophins, black-tip reef sharks and stingray are all swimming along the reef.
If you visit Tahiti, I highly recommend staying at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa. Relaxing by this property’s protected lagoonarium, as well as pool-hopping from infinity pool to infinity pool, really felt like a true vacation.
If you’re ready to splurge on the vacation of a lifetime, Bora Bora is the one of the best vacation ideas in 2022 for you.
Bora Bora is about as luxurious as the movies and magazines depict: ocean water clearer than a pool, private overwater bungalows, French desserts and tropical fruit smoothies on demand. You will never regret visiting Bora Bora.
If you’re looking for budget-friendly Bora Bora vacation ideas in 2022, check out Costco Travel for ridiculously cheap travel package deals.
5. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona (Vacation Ideas 2022)
Similar to the Faroe Islands, Horseshoe Bend, located in Page, Arizona, has also taken modern social media by storm. However, this comes as no surprise. After all, Horseshoe Bend is totally photogenic, accessible, epic and like you’ve never seen before.
If you plan to visit Horseshoe Bend in 2022, I would also look into other popular attractions in the city of Page, Arizona, like the mesmerizing Antelope Canyons, teal blue Lake Powell or giant Glen Canyon Dam.
I was taught in elementary school that the discoverer of Greenland named the country as such because he wanted people to follow him there. Little did they know that Greenland was covered in ice.
And Iceland is covered in green.
(Don’t quote me on this. It may just be a legend. I was in elementary school, okay?)
Nonetheless, Iceland is covered in magnificent greenery, tall rushing waterfalls, volcanos and black volcanic rock formations. Do I need to say anything more to convince you to travel there in 2022?
7. Maui, Hawaii (Vacation Ideas 2022)
So, maybe you aren’t quite ready to travel internationally in 2022. That is totally understandable.
Maui, Hawaii will have you feeling as though you’re in a tropical climate abroad, without the hassle of passports or international pandemic travel.
If you choose to go to Maui, plan to tour the Road to Hana, for sure. Whale watching, surfing, snorkeling, visiting the volcano of Haleakala above the clouds and relaxing under a palm tree on Makena beach are all other Maui activities you must plan.
(Side note, be sure to always follow the tourism and sustainability recommendations from the local Maui officials, and only visit when it is safe and ethical to do so.)
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8. Positano, Italy, On The Amalfi Coast (Vacation Ideas 2022)
When you picture the coast of Italy, what do you picture?
Colorful pastel buildings stacked upon the seaside mountain? Colorful trees blossoming? Delectable fresh seafood that was caught that same day? A quaint Instagrammable European town?
Let me tell you: the place you’re imagining is Positano, Italy.
Positano is the most well-known town on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. No wonder, too; the breathtaking views certainly make it one of the best vacation ideas in 2022. The pictures below speak for themselves.
If you’re hoping to plan a trip to Positano in 2022, here are a few more resources that will come in handy for you:
- Top 10 Things To Do & See In Positano, Italy
- Where To Stay In Positano, Italy, On A Budget
- 17 Positano Outfits: What To Wear In Positano, Italy
- Positano Itinerary: 5 Days In Positano, Italy (With Photos)
- One Day In Positano: The Perfect Day-Trip Itinerary
9. South Africa
Next on the list, South Africa. South Africa has become a prime honeymoon and luxury vacation idea during 2021, and I’m positive travel to this travel destination will only continue to trend upward in 2022.
South Africa offers a vast range of activities: from safaris, to cage diving with sharks, to whale watching. Basically, if you’ve been dreaming about a luxurious African adventure, South Africa ought to be on your 2022 travel destinations list.
10. St. Lucia (Vacation Ideas 2022)
Likewise, St. Lucia remains a fantastic tropical travel destination in 2022. I would even go as far as to argue that St. Lucia is one of the best alternatives to Bora Bora.
With the legendary mountain views overlooking the blue Caribbean, St. Lucia ranks high on my personal list of 2022 trips. Palm tree covered beaches, infinity pools and tropical fun await!
11. Utah, USA
If you aren’t keen on flying (or even if you are), take a road trip through the U.S. state of Utah. You will not regret it.
I had no idea how otherworldly Utah truly is until I had the privilege of visiting this past year in March of 2021. Here are some of my favorite Utah tourist spots that you can’t miss on your road trip.
Bonneville Salt Flats, Salt Lake City, Utah
The Bonneville Salt Flats, located outside of Salt Lake City, will completely blow your mind.
These vast salt flats reside on federal land that’s free to visit (and drive on, and camp on) year-round. Although you will see salt residue on the ground everywhere around Salt Lake City, the Bonneville Salt Flats boast next-level views of the salted desert floor against the stark contrasting mountains of Nevada.
The flats are a totally underrated must-see Utah road trip spot. (Plus, because they are underrated, there are no crowds!)
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Great Salt Lake State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah (Vacation Ideas 2022)
AKA, a lake that is pink. Yes, you read that right.
Utah National Parks
Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park and the list goes on.
Monument Valley, an protected indigenous territory that houses the famous road featured in Forest Gump, sits on the southernmost border of Utah and Arizona. It is best to visit Monument Valley before sunrise to see the monuments light up red with the sun — and to beat the crowds.
12. Venice, Italy
I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard, “Venice is sinking!” during my lifetime, but I still hear this panicked phrase on the regular.
Thus, Venice finds a spot, once again, this ultimate list of best vacation ideas in 2022.
Although I have never personally been to Venice, I can say with complete honesty that visiting Venice, and all of its romantic canals and gondolas, has ranked No. 1 on my bucket list since I was a little girl.
13. Wyoming, USA (Vacation Ideas 2022)
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is easily the most underrated National Park in the United States.
First of all, the shape of the Grand Teton mountain range compares to no other: so sharp, crooked and unique that you almost feel a sense of empathy for the literal mountains. It may sound strange, but there is no other way to describe it.
Furthermore, there are a couple of particularly remarkable spots inside of Grand Teton National Park that are worth noting: Mormon Row and Delta Lake. Mormon Row, accessible by car, boasts a series of abandoned, fairly well preserved barns. The unique shapes of the barns mirror those of the backgrounding mountains, making for a perfect Grand Teton photo opportunity. Delta Lake, on the other hand, is arguable the most beautiful glacier lake in the United States, the Lake Louise of the U.S., if you will. However, unlike Mormon Row, Delta Lake does solicit day-long hike up a steep bear and boulder-scramble infested mountain. If you’re up for the adventure, though, the hike is totally worth it.
Yellowstone National Park
Last on this 2022 travel trends list, but certainly not least, is Yellowstone National Park. Like Utah, Yellowstone National park seemingly transports you to an alternate universe. Here, both pastel-shaded and bright red, yellow, orange, green and teal blue geyser water stun the parks visitors every day. Similarly, thermal activity from Yellowstone’s underground supervolcano causes the colorful land to crystalize in multiple locations around the park (Mammoth Springs being the most prominent). Not to mention, this national park is also home to the famous geyser, Old Faithful.
I was truly astonished at the wonders of Yellowstone, how it makes you believe you’re back in time walking with dinosaurs. I could not leave it out of the options for your upcoming 2022 vacation ideas.
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