After the cavalcade of stresses that have come your way this past year, you deserve nothing more than to take some time off and go relax at the vacation of your dreams. Trouble is, with COVID restrictions still in place, finding the perfect place to take that vacation is far from easy.
So, what are your best options for taking a vacation that stays safe without losing any of the fun?
Well, we’re glad you asked. It’s time to dive into our list of the top 6 ways to take a vacation in 2022!
But enough chatter! Let’s jump right into this thing!
- Relax in the U.S Virgin Islands
If you’re looking for sunny beaches but are so sick of Florida you want to sell your DVC membership, look no further than the U.S Virgin Islands. The island of St. Thomas offers crystal-clear waters alongside views of opulence with the wide plethora of luxury shops that adorn the area. It also boasts the Magic Ice Gallery, a walkthrough art exhibit featuring gorgeous sculptures made of ice.
Those more interested in history will prefer to check out Blackbeard’s Castle (an old colonial military tower). History buffs will also find tons to do on the island of St. Croix, which provides a deep insight into the colonial history of the region. It does so by providing you access to defunct plantations and sugar mills across the island, painting a picture of the scar slavery ran deep throughout the land.
Finally, for those looking to get a little nature into their vacation, the island of St. John provides gorgeous parks and smooth beaches for you to kick back and relax at. You can even dash between the three islands with little hassle to get the full experience!
- Ski Slopes and Theme Parks in Japan
Once the colder months roll around, consider booking your next vacation to the ski slopes of Japan. Try to avoid the popular Niseko resort in favor of quieter outlets like Scout Ski if you’re looking for unimpeded slopes and a more peaceful experience. When you’re done skiing, take a soak in an onsen (thermal bath heated by natural springs).
You can also sample the wide variety of authentic Japanese cuisine around the resorts. Of course, if the mere thought of going skiing gives you the shivers, there are always the warmer options Japan provides. Toyko, for example, provides a breathtaking cityscape for you to explore with more storefronts than you’ll know what to do with.
If you’re a Nintendo fan, you also can’t miss the new Nintendo Land addition to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. Boasting full recreations of iconic gaming landmarks like the Mushroom Kingdom and Bowser’s Castle, you’ll get your chance to interact with Mario and co. in an immersive experience you can’t get anywhere else.
- The Wilderness of Montana
If you’re a wilderness lover, there are few places that offer such a lush assortment of flora and fauna than the national parks in Montana. From the massive expanses of Glacier National Park to the smaller prairies scattered around the state, you can end up seeing a wide variety of critters (from prairie dogs to grizzly bears) in their natural habitat.
If you go during winter, candlelit tours of the Lewis and Clark caverns are one event you cannot miss. Montana also offers a fine suite of dining options, from juicy bison burgers to sweet huckleberries.
If you’re looking for a trip back in time, make sure to visit Virginia City. With a rustic design and small population, the town is tailor-made to recreate some experiences settlers had 200+ years ago. You can take carriage rides or experience vaudeville shows, as well as view the historic architecture on display.
- Cuisine and Culture Abound in Italy
Italy is a popular vacation destination for the wealth of options it provides visitors. Looking to immerse yourself in the local art and culture of the area? Visit Florence to view classic sculptures like Michelangelo’s David in the many art museums around the area.
Rome is another excellent spot to visit, as you can witness landmarks like the Roman Coliseum (where gladiators would fight back during the Roman Empire) and the breathtaking painting adorning the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Car lovers will want to head to the Amalfi Coast. After all, you can rent a Ferrari there and drive it up and down the scenic roads to live out your luxury car fantasies.
And of course, foodies of all types will want to head to Italy. Whether you’re tasting some of the best wines in the world or partaking in a wide variety of savory pasta dishes, you can’t go wrong with finding food and drink in Italy.
- Get Close to Animals in South Africa
Looking to get as close as possible to the exotic animals who call Africa their home? Book a trip to South Africa, where you can go on guided safaris that give you a close-up look at the local wildlife of the African savannah.
South Africa is also a great travel destination for the wine lover in your party with its wide variety of vineyards for you to tour. You should also make sure to book your stay at the Kruger Shalati.
Why? Well, the Kruger is the first hotel built out of the framework of a luxury train, providing you with a one-of-a-kind experience.
- History Abounds in Egypt
Finally, let’s stay in Africa to take a look at the wide variety of history you can view firsthand in Egypt. While attractions like the pyramids built to house dead pharaohs are common knowledge, you can also find the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. This museum allows you to see ancient artifacts and tools used in the mummification process up close.
You can also take a cruise down the gorgeous Nile River, or immerse yourself in the bustling marketplaces of Cairo.
Go Take a Vacation Today
And there you have it! Now that you have this list of the top 6 ways to take a vacation in 2022, you’re ready to prepare for an adventure you’ll remember for years! For more vacation tips and tricks (as well as bonus destination ideas), make sure to check out the other articles on our website!