Where to Go
in 2022

Escape the expected at these wish-list destinations and innovative hotels and resorts, curated by Ignacio Maza, our Editor at Large.

As we plan new journeys for 2022, sophisticated travelers are rediscovering both closer-to-home favorites and global standouts. Ignacio Maza, our Editor at Large, is always in search of ultimate experiences and what’s next in travel. Here are his picks for this year.


The city that never sleeps continues to reinvent itself. Take in the amazing views from the top of the new Summit at One Vanderbilt, or from the Edge at Hudson Yards, the tallest open sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. Explore Manhattan’s islands, including Governor’s, Roosevelt, and the new Little Island on the Hudson. The city’s vibrant restaurant scene has more than 100 new openings, including Mediterranean at ZouZou, Italian at Saint Theo’s, and fine dining at Le Pavillon by Daniel Boulud.


It’s time to return to one of our favorite places. Visit the reimagined San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SFOMA and the blockbuster exhibit of Mexican artist Diego Rivera, including his enormous mural of Pan American Unity (a masterpiece!). Walk from the Bay to the Pacific, bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, or sail to Angel Island for exceptional views. Explore bustling Chinatown, America’s largest, home to authentic cuisine and hidden gems.


For sheer natural beauty, it’s hard to beat the stunning landscapes, blue-green lakes, deep forests, rich wildlife, and snow-capped mountains of Western Canada. Experience endless adventures, like surfing the waves off Tofino, heli-hiking the Cariboo Mountains, canoeing across Lake Louise, or skiing in Whistler. Don’t miss the collection of indigenous Pacific art at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.


Mexico’s sunniest destination, with 350 days of sun a year, features endless adventure between two seas. Snorkel the Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve, the northernmost coral reef in the Pacific, hike the Sierra de la Laguna in search of mountain springs, or surf the waves in Todos Santos. Explore San José del Cabo galleries and meet resident artists during Art Walks.


The Caribbean’s rising star entices travelers seeking white-sand beaches, superb diving, standout resorts, diverse dining experiences, and just about every watersport you can think of. Think paradise, sans crowds. Getting there is easy, with frequent nonstops from many U.S. gateways. Choose from a luxury villa at Amanyara or Grace Bay, an oceanfront suite at the new Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos, or the recently opened Rock House Turks & Caicos.


Easy to navigate, small, safe, and progressive, Costa Rica is a leader in sustainable tourism and famous for its biodiversity. Discover impenetrable forests, active volcanoes, rich wildlife (including 800 bird species), and beautiful beaches on both Caribbean and Pacific coasts—all found in a country the size of West Virginia. Enjoy active adventures of every stripe, or do nothing at all.


La dolce vita is alive and well in this beloved destination. Italy has it all: world-class art, architecture, superb food and wine, charming villages, ancient ruins, and more World Heritage Sites than anywhere else in the globe. Experience a deeper, richer Italy by discovering hidden gems like the Alpine landscapes of Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley, renaissance masterpiece at Mantua and Pistoia, authentic cuisine in Maratea, or the relaxed vibe of Sicily’s Egadi islands.


Now is the time to visit the Emerald Isle. Arriving is easy, with more than 10 nonstop flights from the U.S. Experience Ireland’s food renaissance at Michelin-starred restaurants and authentic cafés and pubs, and enjoy a glass of locally produced whiskey or gin. Elevate your visit with a castle stay at Ashford, Dromoland, or the reimagined Adare Manor. Discover ethereal landscapes and the greenest countryside on the globe. Experience Ireland’s music, culture, and lively cities.


The thrill of a safari is one of life’s ultimate experiences. There is no better place for spotting wildlife in their natural habitat than Kenya, the country that invented safaris. Beyond exceptional game reserves, enjoy scenic vistas, learn about indigenous culture, or relax at Indian Ocean beaches. Stay at classic Fairmont Mara Safari Club, stylish and modern Mahali Mzuri lodge, or in a luxury tent at Karen Blixen Camp.


The land of the rising sun is still the perfect blend of age-old traditions and cutting-edge technology. Timeless and dynamic, Japan enchants visitors with a wealth of unique experiences. Get lost in Kyoto’s ancient districts. Taste the freshest sushi. Catch a Sumo wrestling match. Soak in a communal Onsen bath. Shop Tokyo’s Ginza. Stay in a design-forward skyscraper with fantastic views, a luxurious pavilion at the new Aman Kyoto, or in a ryokan—an expression of authentic Japanese hospitality.


Travelers can’t wait to return to this island continent. Experience the world’s largest barrier reef, vibrant cities, the rugged Outback, an indigenous culture dating back over 50,000 years, innovative cuisine, abundant wildlife, and wild landscapes. Take a road trip, marvel at Uluru, find the perfect beach, kayak off the Tasman Peninsula, hike with an Aboriginal guide, ride the legendary Ghan train, or swim with dolphins or whale sharks, as options are endless.


If searching for glorious vistas, world-class trekking, and natural wonders, head straight to Explora El Chaltén, the brand-new lodge located in the heart of Argentina’s Patagonia. Located within a private 14,000-acre conservation reserve, it offers superb views of the Marconi Glacier and offers every comfort—spacious guestrooms, a spa, and a top-notch restaurant. Choose from 40 different explorations during your stay, including the Laguna de Los Tres hike for magnificent views of Mount Fitz Roy.

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