It’s that time of year again when the wanderlust hits us hard, and most of the time, you don’t know where to go. Like most people, you probably make a New Year's resolution to travel more often. But with so many destinations to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to go. We, the masters of chill, curated a list of the top 10 travel destinations for 2022. These places have something for the relaxed explorer to the seasoned traveler, from ancient ruins to stunning beaches. So, pack your bags (and your Chillbo) and get ready for an adventure!
1. The Bahamas
Sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, sunshine, and the convenience of only being 50 miles off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas has been a travel favorite for every American. 2022 brought more reasons to visit the island from a brand-new water park on the island of New Providence and the wonderful cruises available to the outermost islands of the Bahamas. Besides lazy river wading and island tours, Nassau hosts Carnival during late April and early May, which is fantastic to see. Amongst all this fun, remember to sample some of the local cuisine found on the island archipelago, such as conch, stew fish, and rock lobster.
2. The Netherlands
The Netherlands is a place where innovation meets tradition. After taking a day strolling through tulip fields, visiting the Windmills of Kinderdijk, or being spoilt for choice with the brilliance of Dutch Architecture and art while the nightlife is ready to welcome you to candlelit coffee shops and more. Besides exploring Amsterdam's museum-filled and culture-rich streets, you can visit the famed floating floral market or tantalize your taste buds with the best traditional Dutch craft beers of the modern age. The Netherlands is also home to the creamy golden Gouda and Edam delicacies. These cheeses can be found anywhere globally; however, if you’re feeling like a Dutch road trip, several small Dutch towns offer them in cheese markets where fresh Gouda and Edam cheeses are sampled, traded, and weighed.
Cambodia should be on every traveler’s bucket list. With the picturesque landscapes, rich history and culture, and the innate hospitality of the people, Cambodia has it all. A tourist favorite is Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument globally. This vast temple complex dates to the 12th century, the center of the Angkor Empire, and is now a symbol of immense national pride to the Cambodian people. For the travelers seeking sun and beautiful beaches, the other islands of Cambodia, also situated in the Gulf of Thailand, such as Koh Rong and Koh Thmei, offer the sun and amazing beaches anyone would want to relax and experience the tranquility of Cambodia. When night falls, and the hunger sets in, exploring Cambodia’s cuisine is nothing short of a foodie’s nirvana. There is something for everyone to taste, from signature fish, beef, and noodle dishes! But for those adventurous enough, try sampling deep-fried tarantula and other adventurous grubs.
When people talk about Peru, the first thing that comes to mind is Machu Picchu. The 15th Century Inca Citadel is not the only magnificent ruin in Peru. The country boasts of an array of pre-Incan civilizations. It is one of the most biodiverse countries globally by being home to beaches and deserts that stretch to the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest. One of the most beautiful sights in Peru besides the famous Machu Picchu is Rainbow Mountain. We’re not joking; this mountain is striped in beautiful hues of yellows, pinkish-reds, and baby blues and proves to be as stunning as the Seven Colored Earths in Mauritius. As a bonus of climbing this mountain, you can catch a look at the APU (sacred mountain) Ausangate. Furthermore, the Sacsayhuamán ruins overlooking Cusco are one of Peru’s engineering marvels. Some of these stones weigh 300 tons, making it hard not to wonder how the Incas could move and place these stones not once but several times!
The Land of the Rising Sun is so rich in things to do and experience that it can take multiple trips to experience all of it. But no matter where you decide to start, you’ll enjoy every moment you spend walking the streets of Tokyo, exploring royal palaces, sprawling gardens, and old Japanese temples, and even catching some people walking around in anime cosplays. The rich history and culture are perfect for the traveling history buff; however, like most places you’ll find on this list, Japan offers much more than just history. From petting foxes at Zao Fox Village to an island filled with bunnies and even watching the Capybara (the largest rodent on earth) wade in their pools. You can watch gigantic robots putting on a battle/laser show in Robot Restaurant in Tokyo for even more excitement!
When all the excitement has died down, it is time to wind down and experience the tranquility of the Sagano Bamboo Forest in the heart of Kyoto or sit and enjoy some of the fantastic local cuisines such as extraordinary sushi, Takoyaki, and the fan-favorite Okonomiyaki.
Suppose you loved period epics like Troy, Gladiator, and Murder on the Orient Express. In that case, you’d adore the picturesque setting all over Malta (pack a good camera for some great Instagram shots – unless you want severe FOMO). Besides the island’s natural beauty, Malta is home to one of the oldest prehistoric underground temples globally and the Silent City of Mdina. The ancient walled city has a history dating back to more than 4000 years. Today, the population is approximately 300, with many traditional shops and homes being passed down from generation to generation. For those looking to catch a tan, you can take a boat trip to the beautifully clear azure waters of the Blue Lagoon, found between the small islands of Comino and Cominotto. You can snorkel, swim, or relax and soak up some sun on your inflatable lounger on this small island. The island also has a rich history, which you can experience! From 1530 the Knights of St John of Jerusalem reigned over Malta, remaining for 238 years. With interactive experiences such as the Great Siege, the Grand master’s Palace, and a tour of the Three Cities.
Greece has so much to see and do. History buffs have several must-see destinations in Greece, such as Athens and the Acropolis. The sacred rock of the Acropolis is magnificent to look at. It comprises several monuments and temples that provide a deeper insight into Greece’s rich culture and past. The Acropolis also has a museum displaying artifacts found in and around the site. A trip to Greece is not complete without visiting Thessaloniki, a city filled with rich culture, vibrant food, and many sights! Finally, who can visit Greece without taking a day to explore the beautiful sunny islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas? These islands range in landscapes, some with lovely pebbly and sandy beaches that stretch for as long as miles on end, while others are filled with hidden coves, verdant valleys, and rugged mountains.
Portugal used to be a beautiful secret kept within Europe, but nowadays, Portugal is one of the most visited destinations in Europe, attracting more than 20 million tourists a year! If you haven’t experienced Portugal yet, this is your sign to do that in 2022. Portugal has something for everyone, from beautifully preserved historical sites such as the Belem Tower to the famed Livaria Lello & Irmão that is rumored to be the basis J K Rowling used for the Hogwarts library! Not only that, but Portugal is also the place where she started writing the series, giving Potterheads a real magical connection to this beautiful country. Portugal offers many tasteful moments for the connoisseurs of wine since the government has 11 major wine regions. The Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site – and did we mention the cuisine is to die for! Aside from these perks, Portugal’s warm weather, year-round sun, and romantic charm make for a perfect getaway!
This pacific gem is just waiting to be explored. The island archipelago is set right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, filled with natural wonders and many ancient treasures. Fiji consists of more than 300 islands, where almost 110 are permanently inhabited, making it easy to find a perfect, romantic spot amongst the untouched white-sand beaches, sparkling blue waters, and lush forests.
Fiji is also rich in island culture. People have lived on these islands for hundreds of years despite the isolation. Here you can still feel the history of the rich, albeit tragic past, visit forts and temples, and experience the age-old traditions.
Not only voted the happiest place on earth in 2017, but Norway is also home to an array of unique experiences that suit each traveler. From breathtaking hikes in fjords to watching the Northern Lights to exploring the rich heritage through museums, cultural venues, and festivals. As a bonus, the locals love the outdoors, so there are many things to do, from skiing, kayaking, hiking, and camping! Norway is also home to fantastic animals, such as polar bears, moose, whales, wolves, and large herds of reindeer. Traveling from one part of Norway to another is also super easy since many locals are fluent in English. With a public transport system that traverses the entire country, you can explore all of it with a long enough stay in Norway!
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