The experts at dnata Travel detail their ‘must-visit’ destinations for the new year
As today’s travellers look to spend an increased amount of time enjoying all that their holiday destination has to offer, we recommend a more extensive itinerary for travel to England in 2022. Start in your favourite or a new area of London, from fashionable Kensington to colourful Notting Hill, and travel on for a journey across England’s popular town and countryside spots. Recommended cities include trendy Manchester for the UK’s best shopping outside of London, and Bath — known for its Roman Baths — for a relaxing retreat. The pick of the countryside includes the picturesque Cotswolds or The Lake District, while for beaches head to Cornwall, also a renowned location for surfing. The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will also be marked in 2022, with a host of events planned throughout the UK.
The ‘theme park capital of the world’ — Walt Disney World and Universal Studios included — Orlando is an incredible place to bring some well-deserved magic to your next family holiday. Florida is also a popular location for an unforgettable road trip, with so much to see and do across one state. From Orlando, head to Cape Canaveral, the hub of the US space programme. Located between Jacksonville and Miami on its east coast, visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to learn more about space travel. One of Florida’s most scenic drives is from the stylish and lively city of Miami, on to the sleepier shores of the islands of the Florida Keys. This offers a perfect journey for outdoor enthusiasts to take in Florida’s most beautiful beaches, and to stop off for a visit to the famous Everglades National Park, for nature and wildlife in abundance.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand’s second-largest island, Koh Samui is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of the country and known as one of its top destinations for a relaxing retreat. With connecting flights from Bangkok easily accessible, it’s the perfect time to explore this island gem. Stay in your choice of a range of luxurious tropical sanctuaries amidst a true natural paradise. Travel across Koh Samui’s most famous beaches and colourful neighborhoods including Chaweng (for its main street, beach dining, and nightlife) and Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village (for its rustic feel and popular markets.)Plan a day trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park, an archipelago of more than 40 islands, the ideal destination for those seeking adventure, with tour operators on hand to offer myriad activities.
With Portugal’s foundations lying in its north, tradition and culture run deep through the charming capital of Northern Portugal, Porto. Known for its Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site, cobbled streets take you on a tour of medieval landmarks. In recent years Porto has become a European destination to watch, going through a time of rejuvenation via its rich cultural scene, with world-class performances held at its contemporary concert hall, Casa de Musica, acclaimed art exhibitions in the galleries of Rua Miguel Bombard, and an evolving restaurant scene including some of Portugal’s top options for Michelin-star dining. Offering a perfect balance of city, beach, and countryside, the country’s second-largest city is framed on one side by the sea and beautiful beaches, and mountainous landscapes on the other.
Turkey’s most vibrant city is a frequent feature on travel hit lists, and with a host of new openings and cultural landmarks set for a revival this year, expect Istanbul to be more popular than ever. A bustling clash of different cultures, straddling two continents, and with an incredible mix of old and new, Istanbul offers up European and Islamic architecture, incredible food in glamourous rooftop restaurants, historic bazaars, and the glorious Bosporus. The newly-established Beyoğlu Culture Route offers a walking trail bringing together many of the city’s new and restored attractions. Begin at the legendary Taksim Square, a buzzing hub of hotels, shops, and entertainment, and head past many other landmarks to finish at the buzzing new Galataport to enjoy its international restaurants, art galleries, and more.
Kenya is renowned as one of the top destinations to visit for an African safari. For our travel experts, the country offers travellers the perfect combination of a city, wildlife, and beach retreat. Arrive in Nairobi, the urban capital city, offering a range of hotels and restaurants. Start a safari adventure at its National Park, a large game reserve with a city backdrop, or take a day trip to the renowned Lake Naivasha National Park. Make your next stop the incredible Masai Mara National Reserve. Search for the famous ‘Big Five’: African elephant, leopard, lion, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros. Adjoining safari lodges and luxury resorts provide access to daily game drives with expert guides. From here, unwind at the famous Diani Beach. Located on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, 30km south of Mombasa, it’s a two-hour flight away. Then take a day trip to Tsavo East National Park. A holiday with a bit of everything.
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