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10 Wonderful Places to Go on Vacation in 2022

Looking for ideas and inspiration on places to go on vacation in 2022? Whether you’re looking for a tropical getaway, an all-inclusive beach vacation, the great outdoors, and big cities this list has something for all.

Vacation planning is one of my favorite things to do. From the moment we are on one vacation, we are at least brainstorming our next destination.

The New Year hits, with new PTO time and we’ll start to actually figure out when and where we’ll travel to next. It’s always exciting to have something on the calendar, even if it’s not locked down completely, just so it gives you something to look forward to down the line.

Sometimes the choices are overwhelming or there is a lack of ideas. We put together this list of places to go on vacation to hopefully spark some inspiration and give you ideas to start planning your next travel destination. We’ve already traveled to some of these destinations that we’ve absolutely loved and we’ve also included a few places that we’ve had our eye on for some time.

After two years of dealing with a pandemic that seems that will never be over, you deserve to start planning your next vacation. You can be safe, cautious, and still travel. And, support the local economies of the destinations you visit.

Imagine… swimming in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Kayaking to a hidden waterfall in Kauai. Visiting the historic landmarks in Rome or Florence. Brewery hopping and wine tasting in Asheville. Visiting some of the most beautiful coastal cities in Catalonia. Listening to jazz on the streets of the French Quarter. Spending your days at the spa on a cruise ship.

The possibilities are endless.

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Whether you’re looking to add an international destination to your passport or simply check a city or state off your bucket list, here are places to go on vacation in 2022.

Note: Covid restrictions for each country differ. Check each countries covid restrictions before planning your vacation travel.

Places to Go on Vacation

1. Kauai, Hawaii

Hanalei Bay Kauai

One of the most beautiful places on Earth is Kauai. It’s a must-visit destination. With its amazing coastal cliffs and golden sand beaches, it’s no wonder that it made our list of places to go on vacation in 2022. This island has some pretty epic sights and is one of the least commercialized of the Hawaiian islands.

Kauai is a garden island in Hawaii with an average rainfall of upwards of over 200 days per year and one of the wettest places on earth. Hence why Kauai is the Garden Island of Hawaii. The mountains are lush and green due to this abundance, containing some truly stunning scenery and natural beauty.

Kilauea Lighthouse in Kauai

With a plethora of things to do in Kauai, it’s a dream vacation spot for solo travelers, couples looking forward to their honeymoon or romantic getaway, and a fantastic destination for a family vacation.

You can choose to stay at a hotel or a vacation rental on the island. Plan beach days at Hanalei Bay, take a kayak tour and chase waterfalls, book a helicopter tour of the island or spend the day on a yacht sailing the Napali coast. The activities are endless and perfect for a week in Kauai. We can’t forget the food in Kauai, some of the best you’ll have on vacation.

There is also plenty of opportunities to relax and do nothing. As a matter of fact, you’ll get into vacation mode the moment you step off that plane.

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

The LaBranche House Mansion New Orleans

New Orleans is one of our favorite food travel destinations and one of the best places to visit. It has a rich history, beautiful architecture, culture, and fabulous cajun-creole cuisine.

You may think that New Orleans is only synonymous with festivities like Mardis Gras. It’s true, New Orleans is a lively city that loves to celebrate everything from Halloween to Fried Chicken. That’s one of the many reasons to love New Orleans and its locals, they love to find a reason to celebrate.

With that much energy throughout the city, why not spend a few days in New Orleans and experience it for yourself. See what this beautiful city has to offer and don’t forget to eat your way around New Orleans.

Stay in the French Quarter city center, home to jazz and beignets. Spend time exploring the historic architecture, influenced by the French or Spanish – you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Europe.

st. louis cathedral in jackson square

Visit Jackson Square, a historic public green space that has been a favorite of locals and tourists alike since 1836. Or take the Green Line Streetcar to the Garden District where the architecture is not only beautiful but also evokes a sense of history.

If you’re looking for lively nightlife, New Orleans is always up for a good time.

New Orleans is great for a shorter vacation, a long weekend trip.

3. Asheville, North Carolina

skyline of downtown asheville north carolina at sunrise

Asheville is a city in Western North Carolina surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city is known for its art scenes, craft breweries, and amazing restaurants.

You can plan a short to a longer vacation stay in Asheville all year around. With so many things to do in Asheville, from exploring the city, visiting the Biltmore, brewery hopping, and hiking the nearby trails. You can experience the best of everything it has to offer from the great outdoors to its downtown area.

If there is one place you can’t miss seeing in Asheville, it is The Biltmore Estate. It was built and finished in 1895 and is the largest privately-owned home in the US. The estate has a total of 8000 acres that includes gardens, a winery, a restaurant, and trails. It’s one of my top places to visit when I make it to Asheville.

We’ve been following our friend, Christine, from Uncorked Asheville, since her move to Asheville. She’s been exploring and eating her way through Asheville, NC, and because of her wonderful itineraries, Asheville easily landed on this list of places to go on vacation in 2022. You’ll definitely want to visit and plan your time with these local Asheville tips and itineraries.

4. The Florida Keys

baby coconut on sand with palm trees and water behind it

Craving the Caribbean without having to cross any oceans, at least by plane? The Florida Keys is the closest destination you’ll find with Caribbean vibes in the continental USA. With its palm trees and beautiful blue waters, it’s easy to see why people love the Florida Keys.

The Florida Keys are known for the laid-back lifestyle, warm weather all year round, some beautiful beaches, and key lime pie. The drive from Miami to Key West alone is enough to inspire people to visit the Florida Keys.

layered key lime pie topped with whip cream

The Florida Keys is a collection of smaller islands: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine, Key West, along with some other smaller keys. The biggest one is Key Largo. Each offers different things to do, places to stay and eat.

palm trees and lush tropic plants frame Hemingways key west home

One of the most iconic places of the Florida Keys is Key West. This is home to Hemmingway House, Southernmost Point, Duval Street, and the one-and-only Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. It’s also the liveliest of the keys and has a strong lively nightlife.

When planning your vacation to the Florida Keys, take into consideration what kind of trip you’re looking for. If it’s a quieter one, Islamorada may be a great location to call home base, as we did most recently. You can always drive into Key West to experience the drive over the 7-mile-bridge and spend a day in Key West. Don’t forget to take a boat ride around the islands.

5. The Dominican Republic

dock at the hilton la romana

After staying at the Hilton La Romana all-inclusive beach resort for a week, Dominican Republic was an easy choice for places to go on vacation in 2022.

This was our first time visiting the Dominican Republic and we were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful Caribbean Island is, how friendly its locals are, and the vast array of activities available.

The Dominican Republic has the most beautiful sandy beaches and snorkeling at the most brilliant coral reefs we ever experienced. The affordable all-inclusive resorts available throughout the island make it a great destination spot for couples and families looking to get away to a Caribbean destination.

In order to help narrow down your choices in the DR, look into Punta Cana which is known for its luxury all-inclusive resorts and spectacular beaches. Or visit La Romana where you can stay at the Hilton La Romana, a five-star hotel family-friendly resort and adult-only resort with activities for everyone.

woman walking down the beach shoreline in isla catalina
Isla Catalina

If you plan any tours, definitely book one to the private island of Isla Catalina. You won’t regret it.

6. Florence, Italy

Corrioio Casariano in Florence

Florence, Italy is the capital city of Tuscany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of my all-time favorite European cities and one of the best places to visit in Italy. During ancient history, Florence was once a Roman capital called Florentia. You can still find some Roman monuments here, but it wasn’t until 1434 when the Medici took control and began their reign over this region which would eventually lead to one of history’s most memorable periods: The Rennaisance!

When I return to Florence, Italy it feels like a piece of my heart is always there. Imagine a place that is endlessly beautiful, full of life and energy. The city is full of architecture and art that will captivate you at every turn. You can lose yourself for hours in admiration walking down the beautiful romantic streets of Firenze and its historic sites. It’s magical and one of the best places to visit.

holding up two gelato cones in the busy streets of florence

The city of Florence is a must-visit in Italy, especially for history lovers. You’ll be immersed in history, art, and amazing Tuscan cuisine. Be sure to visit famous landmarks like Ponte Vecchio, Duomo S. Maria del Fiore, The Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale Michelangelo… amongst all the things to do in Florence. Plan to eat gelato every day and make reservations at some amazing places to eat in Florence.

The surrounding Tuscan countryside also has a lot to offer. You can also make Florence a central location to stay in and plan day trips from Florence to nearby destinations. Take the train to cities like Lucca, Pisa, Bologna, Siena, Venice or you can rent a car to explore the Tuscan countryside.

7. Costa Brava, Spain

About 40 miles from Barcelona is a scenic region of Catalonia, Spain called Costa Brava. We fell in love with this area of Spain during a short trip to Girona, the oldest city in Catalina. We called Girona home base as we explored it and nearby Costa Brava.

The Costa Brava is a section of the coastline in northeast Spain. It stretches for about 125 miles, from the French border to Barcelona. Costa Brava is known for its sun-drenched beaches which line the coastline. You can find coves, small harbors, hidden creeks, and unforgettable places to swim in the beautiful waters of Costa Brava. You can explore places like Girona, Tossa del Mar, and Pal, to name a few.

colorful homes along the Onya river

Girona is a medieval city with narrow cobblestone streets, colorful historic buildings, and a tranquil river running through it and home to one of Gustave Eiffel’s masterpieces, the Eiffel bridge. It’s the perfect gateway and a short drive to Costa Brava’s Catalonia coast.

The shore to the left and sand to the right with foot prints leading up to castle ruines perched on a hill in Tossa del Mar
Footprints lead to Tossa del Mar castle.

Tossa del Mar is one of Costa Brava’s coastal gems and also one of the places to consider staying in. The town has a striking castle along the beautiful beachside. The castle offers breathtaking views of this coastal town.

Costa Brava is where many locals escape for short city breaks or vacation time to get away from the hustle and bustles of big cities like Barcelona. Can’t blame them. The small coastal towns and villages along the coastline are picturesque and fabulous for a relaxing vacation by the water mixed with history and delicious fresh seafood.

8. Cozumel, Mexico

colorful sign of cozumel

Cozumel is a beautiful island located in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It’s connected to the mainland of Mexico via a ferry.

The island is 30 miles long and you can drive around it within 1-2 hours. Cozumel is a popular destination for cruise itineraries and all-inclusive hotels are available, as well as vacation rentals. The island is relatively safe and easy to get around by car.

While I’ve been there a couple of times on a cruise, I’d like to spend time in Cozumel on an extended vacation. The island is known for its clear blue waters and amazing coral reef, offering some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. You can find plenty of places to eat and drink on the island, as well as enjoy shopping and nightlife.

white sandy beach

There are some beach clubs set up at their white sandy beaches where you can spend the day like Paradise Beach, Nachi Cocom, and Mr. Sanchos. Plenty of activities like horseback riding, snorkeling, dune buggies, and more.

It’s one of those travel destinations that transport you into a piece of Paradise, as soon as you arrive. You’ll feel disconnected from the rest of the world.

9. Los Angeles, California

los angeles skyline
Enjoying the Los Angeles skyline at Golden Hour

It’s not a complete list unless I include our home city of Los Angeles, California. While Los Angeles is rough around the edges, it is still one of the most popular and largest cities in the United States. It’s where Hollywood resides.

While Los Angeles is known for its notorious traffic jams and busy city life, there’s is still so much of this city to explore and experience. A vacation to Los Angeles may either be filled with visiting infamous LA tourists spots or a more laid-back itinerary like staying in the South Bay, Malibu, or Pasadena.

sunset, beach and palm trees with ferris wheel in the distance

The best part of Los Angeles is that we are centered in the middle of everything. There is so much to explore in LA all within driving distance and you can drive to the beach, the mountains, or Disneyland.

Plan a trip to Los Angeles to visit places visit Hollywood Boulevard for the first time. Take a studio tour at Warner Bros and spot an actor at work. Go wine tasting in Malibu and then see the sunset at Matador Beach. Ride a bike in Venice Beach. Take a drive along the infamous PCH. Go hiking to see Hollywood Sign.

Spend the day in Universal Studios theme park or take a day trip to one of the other theme parks like Knotts and Disneyland.

street of lined up palm trees

The things to do in Los Angeles are unlimited.

Did you know we have one of the best food scenes? From trendy cafes, farm-to-table, vegan specialties, and loads of food trucks, you won’t go hungry. Check out our list of foods from California.

10. A Cruise Ship

View of the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship aft at Fort Lauderdale cruise port
Celebrity Equinox Aft.

Believe it or not, a cruise ship is not only just a vessel taking you on a wonderful vacation itinerary, a cruise ship is a destination. And after the last couple of rough years, the cruise industry has had during the pandemic, it’s time for cruising to make a big comeback. This is why it’s on this list of places to go on vacation in 2022.

There are many reasons why cruises make for fun vacations, I have a whole post on it. But one of the main reasons is that it’s basically all-inclusive.

Norwegian Getaway Haven Pool Area
The Haven Pool on Norwegian Getaway

A cruise ship is basically a floating city. Depending on which cruise ship your book, you could be swimming in the morning and then ice skating in the afternoon. Then have multiple meals a day that is included in the price of your fare.

Cruises make for affordable vacations for families, couples, and solo travelers looking to get away. What better place to vacation than a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean?

You can have a vacation of a lifetime on a cruise ship. You can choose to make it a relaxing cruise vacation with trips to the spa and sunbathing by the pool. Or you can participate in the many cruise activities on the ship.

With all the food, entertainment, and activities throughout these beautiful cruise ships, you won’t want to leave.

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These are just a few ideas to inspire your travel planning for future vacations. These places to go on vacation are only a glimpse of what’s waiting for us out there. The world is enormous and we are only experiencing a very small part of it.

What’s your dream destination?

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Lauren Elena

Sunday 30th of January 2022

Great list! You always make me want to hop on a plane and explore! My dream destinations are anywhere in Hawaii (although you’re making me want to make Kauai my number 1 spot ), definitely want to explore Italy more, and you make me want to go to Girona and Costa Brava -it’s a plus that it’s a GOT site. I also really want to go to Peru and Costa Rica one day. And explore more of the good ol’ US of A especially the national parks. So many places to go! :)

Kathy

Monday 31st of January 2022

My list is endless too! I'm happy this list inspires you to go everywhere.