With international travel slowly opening up, many people are tentatively looking ahead to 2022 to plan their next adventure. Potentially, this could be your first holiday for a while, and planning a big trip can mean that you have something exciting to look forward to.
Whilst it’s important to check the rules before you travel, here we list some up-and-coming destinations that you’ll definitely want to consider for inspiration.
Best for study abroad: Japan
Studying abroad can be a great opportunity to see a destination in its most authentic form. Whilst moving to a new country can be daunting, studying abroad is structured to give you the support that you need at university, and offer opportunities to make friends that you might not otherwise have met.
Japan is rated one of the best places to study abroad in the world, due to the country’s established tradition of hospitality and respect. It also offers some of the best STEM programs around, and is a forerunner in the technology industry, meaning it holds appeal for those students who want to be somewhere up-to-date.
Additionally, the culture is vast, from World Heritage Sites such as Ogasawara Islands, to bustling cities like Tokyo. Japan is perfect for those who love to get outdoors too, with mountains and forests that are great for hiking, as well as world-class skiing in Hakuba.
Vancouver to Tokyo flight time: around 11 hours, non-stop.
Toronto to Tokyo flight time: around 18 hours (with stops)
Best for foodie travellers: Singapore
55% of people report that they travel to learn something new about a place, culture or history. If this is you, then Singapore is the perfect fit for your travel list for 2022. The island is famous for its wide range of different cuisines and local passion for food, and hosts everything from street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, which are all equally popular.
You won’t want to miss out on anything, so a plan of action when it comes to Singapore food is essential. Whilst the street food is easily accessible, you’ll need to book a table for any of the Michelin-starred restaurants. Make sure to check out the hawker centres as well, some of which host over 260 food stalls, stuffed full of local favourites.
Vancouver to Singapore flight time: around 20 hours, one stop.
Best for eco-friendly travellers: Sweden
Scandinavia has long been at the forefront of eco-conscious and natural living, and in 2021, Sweden was ranked number one for sustainable tourism according to Euromonitor International. With sustainability becoming an increasingly important consideration for travellers across the world, it’s likely that the calm minimalism of Sweden will continue to be popular.
For those looking for a sustainable city break, head to Stockholm. The city is packed full of environmentally friendly initiatives such as strong public transport links, bike lanes, eco-taxis and trams. Additionally, the airport promotes green approaches, where the aircraft descends continuously rather than a quick stop, meaning that your eco-friendly holiday starts even before you hit the ground. Additionally, almost 80% of the hotels are sustainability accredited, meaning that you should easily be able to enjoy a holiday that is good for you, and for the planet.
Vancouver to Stockholm flight time: around 15 hours, one stop.
Toronto to Stockholm flight time: from 10 hours, one stop
Montreal to Stockholm: from 12 hours, one stop
By: Jervise Penton, Content Producer and Researcher