giraffes in kenya

As 2021 starts to come to a close, it’s time to start making plans for 2022. Most of us have been travel-deprived for over a year and a half now. And, things are looking a lot more hopeful for travel in 2022. If you’re ready for your next adventure, consider booking something soon, while prices are still low! And, who doesn’t want to enter 2022 with a holiday already booked? 

To help you decide where to go, we’ve found the six best once-in-a-lifetime trips to book for 2022. 

1. Nairobi, Kenya

2022 should be about going somewhere new and thrilling, so our first destination is Kenya. Africa has so much to offer visitors and Kenya is a great first country to visit on this continent. If you love animals, this is the spot for you. 

Nairobi is a major business destination, so you’ll find that a lot of people speak English. This surprises some and should make you feel comfortable that navigation will be relatively easy within the city. 

As you navigate out of Nairobi and into other parts of Kenya, you’ll have opportunities for some fantastic and unique experiences. We highly recommend booking a safari so you can experience seeing all of Kenya’s wildlife in its natural habitat. 

If you truly want a luxury experience, consider booking a few nights stay at The Giraffe Manor. You’ve probably seen the famous photo of Ellen eating breakfast and a giraffe popping its head through the window. Well, that’s The Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya. This five-star boutique hotel has a resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who visit the hotel most mornings and evenings. The giraffes poke their long necks into the windows in the hope of getting a treat, before returning to their forest sanctuary. Note that these giraffes are wild, so the hotel cannot guarantee or control that they’ll actually make an appearance every day. 

Visit the Giraffe Manor this 2022
Via @destinologyholidays on Instagram

2. Loire Valley, France

In 2022, we’re looking past Paris and exploring all the other beautiful places France has to offer. Don’t get us wrong, Paris is great. But, some of the benefits of avoiding the capital are escaping the huge crowds of tourists and avoiding the overpriced, tourist trap restaurants. 

Try taking a one-hour train ride out of Paris to the small, quaint area of Loire Valley. This quiet region is going to be heaven for any history buff. First, you must visit the Château de Chambord, located on the left bank of the Loire River. This castle was originally built in the early 16th century during the French Renaissance. The building is extravagant in every way – with 426 rooms, vaulted ceilings, and a stunning double-helix staircase. It has earned its place in history as one of Louis XIV’s favorite spots. He would frequently stay at this castle and host galas, hunting parties, and more.  Today, you can explore 60 of the 426 rooms and see how the kings lived back in the day. 

Another fascinating historical spot in Loire is the Château du Clos Lucé. Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life at this castle. Today, the Château hosts an exhibit that allows visitors to get an insight into da Vinci’s mind. The castle includes the Leonardo Garden, an open-air museum dedicated to da Vinci’s research into geology and botany. 

And, of course, when you’re not at the historical sights, you can relax with marvelous food, wine tasting, and crisp countryside air.

 

The Chateau de Chambord in Loire Valley, France.
Via @chateaudechambord on Instagram

3. Galapagos Islands

For most people, the Galapagos Islands are too expensive and too far of a trip. However, if there was ever a time to make this unique destination a priority, it’s 2020. 

These islands off the coast of Ecuador are thought to be the inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. The 19 islands are said to be a “unique living museum and showcase of evolution.” 

There are nearly 9,000 animals and marine life species on the Galapagos. Many of these species are endemic and can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The development of all these species is mostly due to the Galapagos being located at a convergence point of three ocean currents, underneath ongoing seismic activity, and in an area of extreme isolation. Some of the most famous animals on these islands are the marine iguana, the giant tortoise, Darwin’s finches, the flightless cormorant, and the Galapagos fur seal. 

This is your sign to visit these remote islands and take in the wonder of some of earth’s most rare animals! 

Visit the Galapagos Islands this 2022.
Via @galapagosisland on Instagram

4. The Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

The longest railway in the world is the Trans-Siberian Railway, traveling from Moscow to Vladivostok. This trip spans eight different time zones, offers luxury accommodations, and views of unbelievable landscapes. The Trans-Manchurian and the Trans-Mongolian routes both start in Russia before veering into China. 

The 15-night Trans-Siberian route includes multiple stops with tours about Russia’s history. You’ll also receive a private viewing of the Kremlin armory in Moscow, get to have a bbq on the shores of Lake Baikal (and swim in the ice-cold waters), and see authentic performances of Russian and Mongolian culture. 

This trip is costly and books up quickly (although 2022 dates are still available), but it’s so worth it. You’ll get to see and explore parts of the world many people never get the opportunity to venture to. 

Take a 15-day train ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway this 2022.
Via @transsiberian on Instagram

5. Finland

They say that everyone has to see the Northern Lights at some point in their lifetime. Why not make that your 2022 goal and see the Northern Lights in Finland? In particular, we recommend staying at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, where you can sleep in a glass igloo and see the Northern Lights right above you. While you’re at the resort, you can book tours with reindeer, go ice fishing, and even go on a snow tank safari. 

The best time to see the Northern Lights in Finland is from December to March, so make sure you book this trip soon!

The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland
Via @kakslauttanen_arctic_resort on Instagram

6. Morocco

If you’re looking for a warmer 2022 trip, consider going to Morocco. This country is enormous and has a lot to offer visitors, so you can easily spend two or three weeks here. Make sure you visit Chefchaouen, a city that’s painted entirely in blue. You’ll also want to spend a few days in bustling Marrakesh and then relax at the beach town of Essaouira. 

However, the most enticing part about Morocco is definitely the Sahara desert. You can book luxury glamping stays where you camp out in the middle of the desert. In the mornings, enjoy camel rides and ATV races through the sand. And, in the evenings, have dinner by the fire and stare at the beautiful dark sky. Morocco will take your breath away for its versatility, history, food, and friendly people. 

Via @love_chefchaouen on Instagram

You still have time left – what are you going to book to make 2022 your year?