Changes to the travel world over the past two pandemic-hit years go deeper than just border restrictions and vaccine certificates. We’ve also changed. Our time stuck indoors has made us appreciate travel and life’s fragility more than ever before. As 2022 begins the travel itch is less about making up for lost time and more about reconnecting to something we truly love. That being said, discover 5 big travel trends bound to inspire your most special travel year yet.
The year of you – travel solo
Whether it’s a nagging desire to escape our lockdown friends or a longing to learn a little more about ourselves – solo travel is booming. Testing your comfort zone, meeting new people and doing it all on your terms, there are countless reasons to go solo. We believe it’s time to put yourself first in 2022. Don’t wait for that friend to become available. Harness your freedom. Trust your instincts. Taste that Tuscan truffle oil, cruise down Norway’s remarkable fjords, or simply soak in the sight of Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing. Whisper it quietly… but it’s liberating leaving everyone behind.
RELATED CONTENT: The top 10 ‘travelling solo’ myths debunked, Think solo travel is a young person’s game? These stats may surprise you, Why a solo female travel experience is incredible for the soul at any age
Big bucket-list adventures
Experts predict to 2022 to be the year of the ‘yes!’ And we like the sound of that. Lockdowns forced us to reflect and that means our bucket-lists are bulkier than ever. Whether your heart’s set on snorkelling with sea turtles in Hawaii’s crystal blue waters, or sipping crisp white wine deep in Chile’s vineyards, you’ll never regret taking the leap this year
Many of you will embrace the big ‘life moments’ this year – another one of the year’s big travel trends. Including birthdays, honeymoons, babymoons, and joyful trips with our closest family and friends abroad. Say yes to munching milk chocolate in the Swiss Alps. Or float down the Egyptian with your closest ones by your side. Whatever your cravings, bucket-lists don’t tick off themselves. Carpe diem!
Embrace the great outdoors
It’s only natural to crave the outside after two pandemic-hit years. And with outdoor travel the possibilities are endless. Stand before glistening lakes, towering mountains and miles of untouched scenery in national parks. Feel the sweat tickle your forehead as you trod Peru’s Inca trial to Machu Picchu, engulfed by the Andes mountains. Stroll the shores of idyllic Italian lakes. Or gaze at roaring rhinos or lazing lions on African Safari. The natural world is your oyster. And there’s nothing better at rejuvenating body and mind. Keen to de-tech, distance yourself and practice self-care? If you listen closely, you’ll hear mother nature calling.
‘Work from anywhere’ trips
Imagine being told two years ago that you could ‘work from anywhere’? After the pandemic’s order to pack our things and swap workplaces for stay-at-home set-ups and endless cups of tea (just me?) – it took a minute to adjust. But now with reliable Wi-Fi we can log online from any corner of the globe. This invites us to roam the pastel-coloured hills of Lisbon between calls. Scale the rainbow staircase to Malaysia’s mystical Batu Caves. Or sit serenely on Spain’s outside streets with a bubbling bowl of paella and soothing Sangria after a day’s work? Just don’t forget your charger.
Sustainable travel and supporting local
More than ever, travellers consider their impact on the communities they visit (both environmental and social). The pandemic put our need to treat our planet and its cultures with care, which means many now travel with fresh purpose. Supporting local businesses is set to rise – perhaps inspired by the hidden local gem we all found in lockdown. This is a fantastic way to maintain the fabric of a community. Plus your invitation to taste authentic Colombian coffee, wade through the colourful floating markets of Thailand and speak to friendly locals as you go! New to sustainability? To get you started: pack a tote bag and reusable water bottle for your next trip.
Which of these big travel trends are you most excited to try in 2022? Let us know in the comments below!