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Best holiday destinations for 2022

Whether you’re planning a relaxing retreat, a celebratory trip, or a long-awaited adventure, the big question is — where to go? We asked our destination specialists to hand-pick the best places to travel to in 2022, each offering something a little different. You could hike through New Zealand’s wide, open landscapes or relax by a remote Thai beach surrounded by jungle. If you’re looking for wildlife, we can guide you to the best safari destination to spot the Big Five, or for something more hands-on, you could learn traditional calligraphy or origami in Japan.

South Africa

Table Mountain South Africa
Table Mountain, South Africa

There are dozens of reasons to visit South Africa in any given year. If you’re a wildlife lover, we can help you choose a private reserve in the Kruger or Eastern Cape for your Big Five safari. There’s always something exciting happening in Cape Town, whether you time your visit for its International Jazz Festival (March) or finally summit Table Mountain, hiking a lesser-known trail with a private local guide. Hop between the vineyards of the Cape Winelands on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, spot whales and stroll windswept beaches along the Garden Route, or dig deeper into the country’s history with guided tours of Johannesburg and the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields.

Get me there: Enjoy South Africa’s best bits, including Cape Town, the Garden Route, and an Eastern Cape safari, with this suggested tour.

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Japan

Japanese calligraphy
Japanese calligraphy

Fresh from Olympic and Paralympic success, Japan is set to shine. Hotels were revamped, attractions refurbished, and new English signage created in preparation for the athletes’ arrival — and you can make the most of seeing Japan at its best by visiting in their wake. Our Japan specialists can help you pick the destinations that best suit your interests, from futuristic Tokyo and Kyoto’s grand palaces, to Okinawa’s white-sand beaches or the gardens of Kanazawa. You could hike the Nakasendo Highway, a former samurai trail, take a street-food tour, or learn traditional Japanese crafts, including calligraphy, origami, and ikebana flower arranging.

Get me there: Travel by train on this classic route across Japan. It includes stays in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as time bathing in the hot springs of Hakone National Park.

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New Zealand

Glow-worm caves, Waipu Cave, New Zealand
Glow-worms, Waipu Cave, New Zealand

White-tipped mountains. Glaciers bordered by rainforest. Tropical beaches, caves glittering with glow-worms, and a whole gamut of geothermal theatrics, from bubbling mud pools to geysers. If you want to immerse yourself in unspoiled landscapes and natural spectacles, New Zealand is calling. Scenery aside, the country has many other draws, too. Wildlife lovers, rejoice: you can watch breaching humpback whales in Kaikoura, or go in search of kiwis and other endemic birds after dark in Zealandia, an eco-sanctuary just outside Wellington. Then, delve into the many-faceted Māori culture, touring Auckland with a Māori guide who’ll help you explore sites of spiritual and historical significance.

Get me there: Along with the highlights mentioned above, this tour of New Zealand includes stargazing in a Dark Sky Reserve and a cruise of Doubtful Sound.

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The Galapagos Islands

Red-footed booby, Galapagos
Red-footed booby, Galapagos

A repository of endemic wildlife that has no fear of humans, visiting the Galapagos Islands is a lifetime ambition for many nature enthusiasts. We can make it happen for you in 2022, helping you to see the species that most intrigue you, and in the way you want to travel. Adventure cruising is a thrilling yet efficient way of exploring the archipelago’s far-flung islands — like Genovesa, where red-footed and masked boobies throng the cliffs. Or, base yourself on one island while paying visits to several others. Guided walks with expert bird guides, snorkeling alongside marine iguanas, and standing among giant tortoises — the possibilities are manifold.

Get me there: Observe wildlife on coral-sand beaches, and in mangroves and remote coves, on this extensive Galapagos adventure cruise.

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Thailand

Golden sands of Khoa Lak beach
Khoa Lak beach, Thailand

Secluded coves that lead into coral-rich waters, long stretches of sand dotted with cafes serving freshly grilled fish, private islands fringed with jungle… Thailand has a beach to suit every taste. If you’ve been hankering for a tropical retreat, we can find the patch of sand to suit you. However, there’s far more to Thailand than its palm-bordered sands. You can combine relaxation with time among the street-food stalls of Bangkok, the UNESCO-protected ancient capital at Sukhothai, or the markets of Chiang Mai. Or, if you’re looking for more escapism, head to the forests and jungles of the country’s national parks.

Get me there: Dip into the bustle of Bangkok before staying on a floating lodge on Kao Sok National Park, and relaxing on Khao Lak’s beach, with this Thailand beach and rainforest trip idea.

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The USA

Stay at a ranch in the Rockies, The USA
Stay at a ranch in the Rockies, the USA

Whether you’ve been craving the excitement of fast-paced city life or yearning for vast, open landscapes and big skies, the USA can scratch your travel itch. The country is like a huge patchwork quilt of sights, landscapes, experiences, and cultures. Stay at a ranch in the Rockies and learn to lasso like a cowboy. Hike with a guide through the rusty-orange landscapes of Utah. Wind along California’s glamorous coastline in a vintage car. Or, hop between islands in Hawaii, where you can soar over volcanoes by helicopter and snorkel with manta rays at night.

Get me there: Soak up the great outdoors on this trip to Yellowstone National Park, which includes a ranch stay.

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Canada

Canoeing in Jasper National Park, Canada
Canoeing in Jasper National Park, Canada

Heli-hiking among remote mountain peaks with an experienced guide. Paddling a canoe on sapphire lakes. Dog sledding between firs heavy with snow. Spotting polar bears on the glistening tundra… In Canada, you’ll know how it feels to be fully immersed in the natural world. Our specialists will suggest experiences that take you beyond the well-trodden paths so you can find your own sense of wilderness. They can suggest the best lodges to stay at for watching grizzlies, plan a driving route that passes through remote fishing villages bursting with maritime heritage, or arrange for you to stay deep in the Yukon for a chance of seeing the northern lights.

Get me there: Take a quieter route through the Rockies using this self-drive tour as inspiration.

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Tanzania

Hot-air balloon in the Serengeti, Tanzania
Hot-air balloon in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Cheetah surveying the open plains from a termite mound. Hippo yawning noisily in the Rufiji River. Chimps chomping in the branches as you hike among the Mahale Mountains. A pink spill of flamingoes flooding the waters of Lake Manyara… Tanzania’s mix of habitats is what draws such diversity of life. We can help you explore by game vehicle, boat, on foot, or even from a hot-air balloon as you tick off the species you’ve waited a lifetime to see. Our specialists can suggest the best time to go, whether you want to witness the Great Migration herds thrash their way across the Mara River or relax on Zanzibar’s dazzling shores.

Get me there: Combine a safari with beach time on this 12-day trip.

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