Vacations, Getaways and Travel Ideas for 2022
Each new year brings two delightful things: a new calendar to decorate your desk and a growing list of travel ideas for the coming months ahead. When thinking about our favorite holidays, it’s easy to start daydreaming about the perfect vacation. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.
New Year’s Eve
Ringing in the new year with champagne is a celebrated tradition around the world. And while New York City’s Times Square gets all the attention, there are incredible festivities on every continent. One example is a small group tour of spectacular Sydney, Australia that offers a firework show over the city’s famous harbor and opera house.
When the long, cold days of winter start to lose their charm, consider a tropical holiday. This year, warm your heart and bones by relaxing on sun-soaked beaches and return to face the Pacific Northwest gloom recharged and renewed. A breathtaking cruise to Tahiti is an ideal mid-winter getaway to start your year off on the right note.
Grabbing a pint in a pub in Ireland is a fun way to spend St. Patrick’s Day. From Adobe Stock Images
St. Patrick’s Day
This year, celebrate St. Patty’s Day by trying something new. There’s no better way celebrate the luck of the Irish than with a vacation in incredible Ireland itself. Take an exploration-filled journey to the Emerald Isle and it’s delightful cities.
The saying is, “April showers bring May flowers,” but why wait until May for a little sunshine. Instead, take a break from the wet weather with a tropical getaway filled with warm weather and tranquil waters. Choose an incredible Hawaiian vacation to any of the six charming islands that make this paradise so special.
For some, it’s a matter of national pride that we properly recognize and celebrate Memorial Day. And there’s no better way to remember the meaning of the holiday than with a trip to a special monument. This year, take a deep dive into U.S. history and much more with a 6-day curated tour through Washington D.C.
Taking a cruise along the California coast in June is a summer delight. From Adobe Stock Images
The best way to kick off the summer or celebrate a recent graduation is with a vacation. Soak up the warmth of the sun as you kick back, relax and recharge yourself. For example, start your summer with a cruise down the California coastline to discover the fascinating people and cities of a remarkable state.
4th of July
Celebrating the USA each July is a national pastime. From fireworks to barbecue and baseball, the nation’s birthday is synonymous with an American summer. And there’s no better place to light your sparklers this summer than onboard a star-spangled river cruise through the country’s southern states.
Alaska in August
As the summer comes to a close, many people desire one last getaway before the school year begins. A weekend road trip is great, but for those who need a longer vacation, you might want to get a little further away. Try going all the way to the Last Frontier on a spectacular cruise to Alaska’s Glacier Bay!
Leaf peeping in Maine as the fall foliage turns is an ideal September trip. From Adobe Stock Images
Embrace the start of the fall season with a restful and relaxing vacation. Take in the changing colors of the leaves and unwind from a busy summer by getting some fresh air and all-important down time. This year, unwind over 11 days by exploring Canada and New England on a charming coastline cruise.
Celebrate all hallows eve with a happy and haunted holiday. From spooky domestic destinations that send a shiver down your spine to international fright-filled journey, you’ll remember spending Halloween somewhere fun forever. For example, take a terrifying tour of Transylvania, complete with bloodcurdling myths of Dracula and haunted castles.
November in New York City
This year, wrap up the calendar on a high note with a wonderful winter vacation. Nothing can spark the holiday season like a change of scenery and maybe a little gift shopping, too. And for many travelers, the top of the destination wish list, a trip to New York City. Spend a week in “the Big Apple” and you’ll quickly see why NYC shines brightest during the holidays.
For some, a highlight of the winter season is shopping for those perfectly hard-to-find gifts. The look on someone’s face when they open something special can make your entire holiday season a little brighter. This year, do your shopping at a Christmas market along the waterfront during a European river cruise.
–Written by Jon Aiken
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