Friday, February 18, 2022

Where to go on holiday in 2022: Top 10 places to visit

Wondering where to go on holiday in 2022? Country Living has rounded up 10 of the best places to visit this year, from the UK to North America.


From an underrated British city to a garden paradise and a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife haven to a picturesque European beauty spot walkers will adore, these are the top holiday destinations to add to your travel list for 2022.


Ideal if you're searching for where to go on holiday for every season of the year, our pick of the best places to visit includes winter, spring, summer and autumn ideas for you to browse and book now.


With a whole host of events taking place this year, you'll want to keep scrolling for where to go for a trip to remember.


The epic Floriade Expo comes to Europe for six months in May, bringing a horticultural wonderland to one of our favourite springtime destinations. It's also a magnificent season to hop across the pond to North America, where the scenery comes alive and provides a splendid backdrop for a train holiday.

Planning to stay closer to home in 2022? We've got just the rail jaunt for you in a wild beauty spot. And if it's a city break you're after, we've found one of the most peaceful cities in the UK that's perfect for a short break.

1. Alaska




One of the world's greatest cruise destinations - if you're going to sail anywhere in 2022 let it be mighty Alaska. Packed with majestic wildlife, icy scenery that could be mistaken for Antarctica and Native American culture, Alaska is America's out-of-this-world state. A small cruise ship is the best way to see it as you can visit the Misty Fjords National Monument, Metlakatla Indian Reserve and Tongass National Forest with ease.

2. Holland



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When it comes to a spring holiday in Europe, we can't think of a better place to visit than Holland, home of the tulip. Its bold floral displays aren't the only reason to visit in 2022 though as this year sees the arrival of the Floriade Expo, a huge garden festival with an amazing eco theme. There'll be unique exhibitions, events and striking attractions on display in Almere, near Amsterdam. You'll also find a huge, spectacular greenhouse, as well as a cable car and interactive experiences.

3. Scottish Highlands



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A classic British beauty spot that never loses its appeal, the Scottish Highlands offer everything we love about a UK break: outstanding, Hollywood-worthy scenery, an epic steam train (you must experience the Jacobite, or Hogwarts Express as it's known to Harry Potter fans), nature all around. And adorable Highland cows (or 'coos'), of course! It's Britain at its most beautiful, with sensational food, majestic peaks (including the UK's highest, Ben Nevis) and stunning islands, too.

4. Slovenia



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For a holiday straight out of a fairy tale, look no further than picturesque Slovenia and its best-loved destination Lake Bled. This tiny country in the heart of Europe is packed with enchanting sites and is ideal for a lakes and mountain holiday, where you can walk to its most stunning natural attractions. Capital city Ljubljana is one of the greenest cities in Europe, while the incredible Julian Alps will impress you, with Mt Triglav and Lake Bohinj being two of its must-sees.

5. Swiss Alps



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Want to know where to go on holiday in winter? The Swiss Alps have the answer! This breathtaking part of Europe is easy to reach by train from London and offers a magical winter escape just a hop from the UK. Arrive in picturesque Interlaken, take in the lake views from Mount Rigi and ride the iconic, red Glacier Express train through snowy scenery. A stroll around the walkable capital of Switzerland, Bern, and a winter cruise on Lake Thun are the perfect way to end your cold-weather trip.

6. Madeira



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For a floral-themed island getaway, look no further than the Atlantic island of Madeira where breathtaking gardens, UNESCO-protected forests and a colourful flower festival await. While the weather on this Portuguese isle is mild throughout the year, spring is the loveliest time to visit when Madeira comes alive and you can celebrated the season in style. The Madeira Flower Festival, Monte Palace Tropical Garden and the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos are some of the things you won't want to miss.

7. Norwich



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Bath and Edinburgh are fine places for a city break in the UK but this year, we're shining the spotlight on Norwich for a short break in one of Britain's most underrated cities. Walk along the River Wensum, appreciate the view of the medieval city from Mousehold Heath and have a pint in one of the many microbreweries. During your time in the Norfolk city, you'll want to visit Norwich Castle, browse historic department store Jarrods and find respite at the 'secret garden' that is the The Plantation Garden Preservation Trust.

8. Giverny



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A visit to one of our closest European neighbours is always a delight, whether you're enjoying the bright lights of Paris or the glamour of the Cote d'Azur but in 2022 we're looking at Normandy and the pretty village of Giverny, where Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived. Here, you can visit his gorgeous house and garden and soak up the atmosphere of the River Seine-side village. You'll be impressed by the lily ponds and famous Japanese bridge at Monet's garden. Around Giverny, there are tea shops, restaurants and galleries to check out.

9. Galapagos Islands



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Wildlife experiences don't get better than a trip to the unique and remote Galapagos Islands, where an astonishing 9,000 species of flora and fauna thrive. The wild, 19-island archipelago sits some 600 miles from mainland Ecuador and is known for remaining relatively unspoilt by humans. Here, you can see the marine iguana, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos tortoise, the Sally Lightfoot crab and other remarkable species. The best way to experience the Galapagos Islands is on an expedition cruise.

10. Rocky Mountains



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For a nature-packed holiday abroad, Canada's Rocky Mountains offer sharp peaks, bright glacial lakes and dramatic waterfalls. Stretching across Canada and America, the Rockies in Canada run from Jasper in the north to Kootenay in the south, covering more than 3,000 miles. Lake Louise, the town of Banff, grizzly and black bears are only a few of the highlights of this incredible part of the world. It's also home to the Rocky Mountaineer train, one of the world's greatest rail experiences.

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