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22 of the Best Places To Visit in 2022

2022 is the year of travel, which is why we’ve put together this list of 22 epic bucket-list destinations that we’re desperate to visit again. So, what are you waiting for? Read on for a huge dose of inspiration, and kick-start your 2022 holiday plans…

1. Rainbow Mountains, China  

China’s Rainbow Mountains are the epitome of ‘WOW’. Beloved for a confection of colours (not unlike a rainbow) these iconic mountains offer an otherworldly experience. Formed over millennia, this is easily one of our favourite natural wonders.

2. Hinatuan Enchanted River, Philippines  

The legend goes that the Hinatuan Enchanted River, hidden in the Philippine jungle, is full of unique fish that can’t be caught. And with the river’s mesmerising display of sapphire and jade colours, it’s easy to get swept up in the mystery of it all. The water is an eyewatering 80-feet deep and meanders into the Pacific Ocean.

3. Isola Bella Gardens & Palace, Italy 

To experience real-life, Italian baroque gardens at their finest, head to Isola Bella. Built on a foundation of water, this royal palace and surrounding landscapes are brimming with style. Discover an elegant mix of beautiful stone structures and vibrant flowers, all leading to Teatro Massimo, the gardens’ exquisite centrepiece. 

4. Rocky Mountains, Canada 

Stretching across the eastern provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, the mighty Rocky Mountains are truly Canada’s crowning jewel. Whether you’re cruising down the Icefields Parkway, past glaciers and turquoise mirror lakes like Maligne and Louise, searching for grizzlies, black bears and elk, or taking on the miles of hiking and ski trails, there’s so much to get immersed in. For a touch of decadence, consider riding through the mountains in style on the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train.

5. Doha, Qatar

Hot on the heels of the Euros, we’re pretty excited about the World Cup this year (come on Southgate!). Enter: Qatar. Hosting the tournament in winter for the first time, we can’t help but be tempted by the idea of some sunshine in the middle of November. So whether you’re admiring the Museum of Islamic Art, strolling the Corniche, or catching that long-awaited England game, this is a 2022 winter-sun destination that shouldn’t be overlooked.

6. Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

With its wooded walking and biking trails, Hitachi Seaside Park is perfect for soaking up Japan’s great outdoors. Spread out over 860 acres, the park is packed with wide-open green spaces. We recommend visiting in autumn, when the park really comes alive with colourful blooms.

7. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

The red rock landscapes of Arizona are known for their breathtaking sites. That’s why we love Antelope Canyon. This geological, underground wonder can be discovered on a tour. Wander amid swirling sandstone and, if you’re lucky, admire the light beams shining through the rocks. This is one you won’t want to forget your camera for.

8. Petra, Jordan  

Once a thriving trade hub, the ‘Lost City’ now sits in ruins, its iconic façade carved into Jordan’s vibrant orange sandstone.  One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, a visit to Petra is like travelling back in time and walking in the shoes of the Nabataean empire. Movie lovers will remember it from a whole host of cinematic blockbusters, including Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade.

9. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland 

If you’re desperate to catch a glimpse of the elusive Aurora Borealis, look no further than Finland’s Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Set amid an Arctic wilderness, here you’ll spend the night in a glass igloo, looking skyward as you hope to spot the dancing, swirling lights ribbon across the sky. It’s perfect for a romantic winter getaway or just want a truly magical experience.

10. Brasov, Romania  

A visit to Brasov, in central Romania, will transport you to a fantastical other world. The city is known for its mix of gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, set against a mountain backdrop. It’s also where the Dracula mythology originates, being one of Transylvania’s seven walled citadels and home to the Count’s castle to boot.

11. South Africa  

After a near two-year break from tourism, there’s never been a better time to discover South Africa’s incredible wildlife. From whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins along the country’s coastline, to lions, elephants and giraffes in-land, this place is an animal-lover’s paradise, and we can’t wait to get back.

12. Waitomo Glow-worm Caves, New Zealand  

A unique underworld of stalactites and stalagmites, here you’ll marvel at the Cathedral – the caves’ tallest chamber – before embarking on a boat ride through New Zealand's glowworm grotto. Look to the roof, embrace silence (these critters hate noise), then watch as a thousand tiny lights pierce the darkness. Magic!

13. St Petersburg, Russia 

Tsarist and Bolshevik revolutionary history abound in Russia’s former imperial capital. Starkly beautiful in winter, we recommend taking a quick trip to St Petersburg’s frozen seaside, where you can walk out onto the Gulf of Finland and retrace the footsteps of Lenin as he made his way back from exile to fire-up the Russian Revolution. 

14. Reykjavik, Iceland  

Head north to Iceland’s capital city, and experience a confection of alien landscapes. Visit in the summer to experience volcano descents, glacier walks and the midnight sun, where the days last almost 24 hours. Or, if you don’t mind the cold, book a winter break in a bid to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. No matter what time of year you visit, Reykjavik’s quaint charm is sure to win you over!  

15. Mount Ngauruhoe, New Zealand 

Film fans, assemble! This peak is located in Mordor... or so we’d have you believe! One of three active volcanoes on New Zealand’s North Island, Mount Ngauruhoe was cast to play the role of Mount Doom in the iconic Lord of the Rings franchise. Take a trip to this beautiful, yet foreboding location, and see where the “one ring” was both forged and destroyed.  

16. Launceston, Tasmania  

We can’t wait to get back to our birthplace: Australia. And Tasmania is one of our undeniable favourites, with Launceston full of natural beauty, incredible food and laid-back charm. While you’re here, don’t miss a tipple or two at the Tamar Valley, known worldwide for its signature wines. 

17. Noosa, Queensland  

Whether you’re visiting family and friends, or heading out on that long-overdue big holiday, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect getaway in 2022. Spend your days shopping in Hastings Street, relaxing on the beach or enjoying the local dining scene, before experiencing the rest of the wonderful state of Queensland – don’t miss the Reef and Cape Trib!

18. Broome, Western Australia  

Broome is a destination that will sweep you off your feet. Known as the pearling capital of Australia, be sure to crack open some oysters in search of hidden gems. From here, you can also experience some of WA’s other highlights, including the spectacular Kimberley region, Rottnest Island, or Cable Beach. 

19. The French Riviera  

Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Monaco… we’re looking at you. With travel restrictions easing in January 2022, the French Riviera is an easy jaunt across the Channel for a bit of sunshine. Admire the glitzy Mediterranean coast and explore the abundance of villages and towns that sit right on the seafront.

20. The Maldives  

The last two years have been tough – give yourself a break from the day to day with a beach adventure in the Maldives. And with hundreds of islands and resorts to choose from, you’ll be spoilt. Chat with out experts and find the perfect paradise spot to suit you…

21. Khao Sok National Park, Thailand  

It’s easy to love Thailand's Khao Sok National Park, home to sustainable elephant sanctuary, Elephant Hills. See, feed and wash rescued elephants, while staying in tented luxury camps over the water. It’s a truly ‘away-from-it-all’ experience, and an absolute must for wildlife lovers.

22. Las Vegas, USA  

Have you missed entertainment as much as we have? With the likes of Katy Perry and Shania Twain in residence along the Vegas Strip in 2022, it’s one of our best bets for a weekend trip of fun and excitement!

Written by Flight Centre UK

At Flight Centre we are long-haul, tailor-made holiday specialists offering amazing travel experiences. Our lovely humans Travel Consultants have a real can-do attitude, and are passionate about sharing their stories and travel news with you on our blog!

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