As a Travelista, my time traveling is always an experience that I love to share! It gives me the chance to encourage people to work on their travel bucket list and guide them to the best places that I know they will definitely love – just like I did. So with that, here are the top destinations you should definitely visit in 2022.
*These destinations are opened to ALL US travelers, none of them have a vaccine requirement. Some countries require a health form be filled out and some require a form as well as a COVID test. I am happy to help guide you through booking your next getaway so that you have all the information you need!
As a vast country, it’s clear that Mexico offers all sorts of surprises for travelers. There’s just so much to explore, from their coasts to their islands. I especially loved swimming in their crystal clear blue waters, where you can see what wonders lie below. The trendy nightlife is filled with music and dancing and the sunny days offer exciting activities, including deep sea fishing, snorkeling, roaming ruins or relaxing on the white sparkling sands.
Some places to consider Los Cabos (as shown below) , Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Isla Mujeres , Tulum and so many more places!!
2. St. Lucia
Welcome to the captivating island nation in the Eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia! he breathtaking beauty of Saint Lucia is a perfect backdrop for romance, relaxation and adventure. Other than its white sand beaches and soothing waves, the island also offers plenty of adventures and activities to excite and relax visitors. Take your pick from a volcanic mud bath soak to ziplines over lush forests.
There are two sides to Saint Lucia. The north side is filled with bustling markets by day and dotted with beachside bars by night. From the popular Reduit Beach to the former pirate hideout that is now Pigeon Island National Park, the north is a happening place. The southern coast is much more tranquil, perfect for honeymoons and romantic celebrations with quiet beaches, secluded coves and jungle canopies.
Jamaica is a Caribbean island that I know you will fall in love with. It’s a precious tropical jewel that is filled with a burst of colors, from it’s white sand beaches, blue ocean, to green lush nature and more! Known for Dunns Riverfalls, Ricks Cafe, Birthplace of Bob Marley and home to yummy jerk chicken! Whether you’re seeking adventure, planning to say “I do,” or looking to soothe away stress, Jamaica will leave you feeling all right. Boasting spectacular beaches, endless days of sunny, blue skies and activities galore, Jamaica has it all. From sprawling, family-friendly resorts to quaint, adults-only, intimate hotels, there’s truly something for everyone. And, when the sun goes down, the city comes alive with reggae beats, live music and dancing on the beach ‘til dawn.
Aruba is located in the Southern Caribbean, known for having the least amount of rainfall like no other island. And the country has over 90 nationalities, making its culture truly diverse and unique! Known for its stunning beaches, wreck diving, fun four wheel drive tours, a natural pool and happy people, Aruba is definitely a place to visit this year! Aruba is a year-round haven with gorgeous, white sand beaches, cooling trade winds and warm, friendly people. Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital, is a historic port city with a colorful, Dutch-colonial charm.
5. Dominican Republic
As the second-largest Caribbean country, Dominican Republic is one of the most diverse island countries with an intriguing history and vibrant culture. It’s a lush tropical paradise of ecotourism adventures, delicious cuisines, and luxurious accommodations.
Curacao is a sister island of Aruba – part of the ABC islands, including Bonaire. It’s a Dutch-Caribbean island famous for its beaches tucked into coves. The island also boasts expansive coral reefs supporting rich marine life that you have the chance to meet by scuba diving!
A destination for those who like to move, Curacao has a multitude of fresh activities for travelers of all ages. From fishing and hiking, to kiteboarding, windsurfing, mountain biking and landsailing, the activities on Bonaire are about as abundant as its bird population.
7. The Bahamas
The Bahamas has 16 major islands. This means that there are unlimited places that you can explore during your visit! So many, in fact, that you simply need to visit again to experience everything, including meeting the swimming pigs! From Junkanoo festivities and spectacular sporting events to mouth-watering cuisine, there’s always something happening in The Bahamas. For a true Bahamian experience, just relax! Whether you are looking for a sophisticated resort or a secluded beach, vibrant nightlife or the perfect pool, colonial charm or tropical-island beauty, you’ll find it here.
Not only does Guatemala offer rich marine to explore and majestic beaches to lie on, it also offers the magical and ancestral culture of the Mayan civilization. Definitely take the time to explore geographical locations with almost 4,000 years of history. In Guatemala City you’ll find the country’s best selection of restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shopping, and museums. Guatemala City is commonly used as a starting and ending point when taking multi-day tours throughout the country.
Located about 45 minutes to the west of Guatemala City, the lovely colonial town of Antigua draws tourists from all over the world. And no matter where you go in Guatemala, its markets, museums, monuments, and Mayan archeological sites promise to fascinate you. Choose from moderate to upscale hotels.
Panama boasts a diverse scenery you simply must explore! It has a unique location between the Caribbean and the Pacific, and opens a lot of possibilities for visitors to hike, explore, and enjoy the view of the well-loved travel destination. Fun Fact! Panama City is the oldest Spanish settlement on the mainland of the Americas. Today, Panama City—with its famed canal, sleek skyscrapers and Old Quarter, bountiful natural beauty, and spicy cultural mix—is a thriving commercial hub and tourist destination, with tropical jungles, Pacific beaches, and dozens of other great places to visit within 2 hours of the city.
Here’s another small country packed with adventure, beautiful nature, ancient and rich history, and exotic animals. In fact, if you’re feeling truly adventurous, it’s here that you can snorkel and swim with gentle and harmless nurse sharks!
Avid scuba divers and snorkelers will want to discover the wonders of the spectacular offshore barrier reef, Belize’s #1 attraction. Belize also has more than 200 islands that all offer the finer things in life like popular clubs, gourmet restaurants and fine wines. There are also countless activities and places to explore, including rain forests, cave systems, ancient Mayan ruins and miles of sandy beaches.
Let’s move away from Central America and the Caribbean for a bit and take a look at what Europe has to offer, starting with Croatia! The Dalmatian Coast region boasts countless islands, storied port towns and pristine beaches. On the southern tip of the Dalmatian Coast sits the country’s top tourist destination, Dubrovnik. Its majestic seaside setting is a popular draw, and presents many attractions, including an Old Town district with limestone streets, magnificent baroque palaces, fascinating museums and endless views of the azure sea. The second largest city in Croatia, Split, has amazing sites that attract Roman history lovers and Game of Thrones fans.
Ah, the exquisite, historical, and majestic Greece, where you can enjoy its luxurious oceans and coastlines and get the chance to learn more about the history of civilization in their well-preserved buildings full of knowledge and famous gods and goddesses.
Whether discovering ancient ruins, listening to mythical tales, or indulging in a plate of grilled octopus, a Greek getaway is the ultimate Mediterranean escape. Attracting travelers for decades, Athen’s ancient history, archaeological sites, surrounding islands and warm culture make it an unforgettable getaway.
One of Europe’s oldest cities, Dublin delights and enfolds you in its medieval and Georgian heritage, not to mention its magnificent castles, stately homes and enchanting gardens. Dublin is also a modern center of culture, shopping and nightlife. Its progressive beat boasts fun-packed days that blend into nights full of Irish cheer. In the center of the city, stroll along the Temple Bar quarter, where some of Dublin’s best nightspots, restaurants and unusual shops line the narrow, cobbled streets.
From idyllic, quaint inns and expansive, countryside estates to luxurious, city-center hotels, you’ll find accommodations that are perfect for your getaway. Fly into Dublin on Ireland’s east coast, or for a Northern Ireland experience, fly into Belfast. If you plan on seeing several areas across the region, add a car rental to your package. Just remember to drive on the left side.
Set amidst a series of hills, Scotland’s capital city offers a gorgeous landscape featuring the Edinburgh Castle as the focal point, along with all the contemporary attributes of a vibrant city. Visitors can enjoy the city’s entrancing modern and medieval architecture, stroll through cobbled alleyways, eat at some of the finest restaurants in the country, and celebrate all summer long with an array of festivals. Edinburgh hotels are familiar name brands within the city center and the surrounding area. With amazing restaurants and a beautiful castle as the city’s main backdrop, Edinburgh has all the makings for the perfect romantic getaway.
There’s no need to worry about picking the right season when visiting Portugal because it has 3,000 hours of sunshine per year with 850kms of amazing beaches surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Its mild climate makes it a tourist paradise all year round.
As one of Europe’s smallest capitals, the city of Lisbon captivates with its ease of getting around; its great sights, shopping, and dining opportunities; and its mix of tradition and trend-setting culture. The hotels we offer are familiar brand names located throughout the city.
The US Virgin Islands consist of St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas! Beaches in the USVI are spectacular and come in all shapes and sizes; some are long, beautiful, white-sand stretches while others are small, secluded patches with shade trees, and most are public. The islands combine the natural beauty of the Caribbean with the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the United States. Here you’ll discover breathtaking white-sand beaches perfect for all of your watersports dreams or for simply sitting underneath the shade of a palm tree scanning the horizon of one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. You’ll also find elegant dining, upscale resorts, exciting nightlife, challenging golf, and world-class duty-free shopping. St. John is more serene and adventurous with many natural sites to see. On St. Thomas there are also many historical and cultural activities for travelers to enjoy. The rich history of St. Croix began a century before Christopher Columbus discovered the island when various indigenous Indians inhabited it. The U.S. Virgin Islands are considered to be one of the best places in the world for sailing, scuba diving, and fishing.
Egypt is a place of rich culture spanning more than 3,000 years! It’s a great place to learn about its glorious history, go on an adventure on the Nile, and, of course, enjoy the sun and sea! The many splendors of Cairo attract travelers from across the world to its animated streets. The trademarks of this great city are, of course, the magnificent pyramids, as well as the Sphinx and the tomb of King Tut. Choose from a range of excellent hotel accommodations for every budget.
Maldives, the home of picture-perfect villas, alabaster white sand beaches, striking blue waters, and spectacular sunsets and sunrises that make you not want to leave the place so that you can experience the beautiful scenes again!
Here, you can create unforgettable memories through authentic island experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Discover the richness of their friendly people, interesting culture and spirited heritage, while experiencing iconic beauty that has lured travelers to The Maldives.
With over 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is an archipelago just off East Africa. So you literally have a vast pick of beaches, underwater scenes, and mountain rainforests you can explore for unforgettable adventures! This popular tourist destination has it all, an array of gorgeous beaches, loads of options for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers.
20. South Africa
And finally South Africa! The center of surf, sand, and style, Cape Town is located on Africa’s West Cape, and is one of the world’s most multicultural and strikingly beautiful cities. This popular tourist destination has it all—the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain, an array of gorgeous beaches close to downtown, a lively harbor, renowned dining, vineyards within easy reach of the city, and loads of options for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers.
Johannesburg—Africa’s economic hub and largest city—is a place where fortunes of all kinds are being made. This exhilarating city features a turbulent history, the world’s deepest goldmines, a rainbow diversity of inhabitants, and big city urbanity coexisting alongside Indian bazaars, traditional healers, and street merchants. Johannesburg also serves as an ideal springboard to the wildlife reserves beyond its borders.
As we continue through 2022 travel requirements are constantly changing, but here is a list of 20 AMAZING international destinations that have made it possible for everyone to enter and enjoy all that they each have to offer!!
So, do you have plans to visit any of these fantastic destinations this year?
Let me know, and I am happy to help you create the perfect itinerary!