It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new year to travel the world!
It’s also a perfect time to start (or continue) dreaming about all the unforgettable adventures you want to experience this year.
The sights, the sounds, and the delicious foods… we’re itching to hop on the nearest plane and rediscover the world.
Want to know where? Here are seven places right at the top of our wishlist.
Istanbul – Turkey
Straddling two continents and bridging the ancient and modern worlds, Istanbul is a city that sends our imaginations into overdrive.
A ferry ride across the Bosphorus; shopping up a storm in the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world; feeling dwarfed by the imposing scale of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque); and exploring the Ottoman-era Topkapi Palace are just a handful of the delights that await.
Browse our Turkey packages here.
Yellowstone, United States
The call of the wild is hard to resist – particularly when it comes to Yellowstone, the world’s first national park.
Renowned for its astonishing biodiversity and impressive geothermal wonders (think rainbow-coloured springs and geysers shooting high into the sky), it’s beautiful in each and every season.
Keep your pic-i-nic basket close, your camera ready, and your eyes peeled for grizzly and black bears, grey wolves, bison and elks, and over 320 species of birds.
Browse our USA packages here.
Santorini – Greece
Originally called Thera, Santorini is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea.
Around 200km southeast of the Greek mainland, the island is a perfect example of the stereotypical Greek postcard: whitewashed low-lying cubicle houses made of local stone, blue-domed churches, clear skies, fresh traditional food and plenty of Ouzo.
This destination offers breathtaking views, stunning multi-coloured cliff faces, fantastic beaches and a vibrant dining scene.
Browse our Greece packages here.
Hanoi – Vietnam
Think silky soft textures, delicious flavours, polite manners and a smile at every corner. Vietnam’s second largest city is located near the Red River Delta and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hanoi has been the capital of Vietnam for more than a thousand years, with the past few hundred well preserved in its Old Quarter, its Imperial sites, and its Colonial areas from the French Indochina period (1902-1945). Regularly voted one of the world’s top destinations, Hanoi is a true gem in the crown of Southeast Asia.
Browse our Vietnam packages here.
Venice – Italy
Known over the centuries as La Dominante, La Serenissima and The Queen of the Adriatic, the Italian city of Venice is built on 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by more than 400 bridges.
The city-estate of Venice was the first real international centre, and connected the East and Europe via trade and diplomacy from the Middle Ages thanks to Marco Polo.
With trade came wealth, and with wealth came the sumptuous architecture and artwork that have made the city a European icon. Home to St Mark’s Basilica, St Mark’s Square, The Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal, and countless alleyways to explore, it’s the kind of place you don’t mind getting lost in.
Used by Casanova himself, the city’s trademark are its gondolas, which have taken couples on romantic trips though its canals for centuries.
Browse our Italy packages here.
Granada – Spain
Described as “a pearl set in emeralds”, Alhambra palace embodies Spain’s cultural legacy – an atypical example of Muslim art moulded within a European frame. From 1230 to 1492, 23 Muslim emirs ruled what is today the Spanish city of Granada.
In that period, the palace and fortress complex – Alhambra – was built, showing the extent of the former Arab dominance in Spain.
The main buildings in the complex are the Alcazaba or Citadel, the royal palace, the Court of Myrtles, the Hall of Ambassadors and the Court of the Lions.
Architecturally, the palace is marked by Arabic inscriptions, mostly poems, manipulated into geometrical patterns set onto an arabesque setting. Tile mosaics with complicated mathematical patterns are largely used as panelling.
Browse our Spain packages here.
Visiting Antarctica is a privilege, as well as a responsibility.
Twice the size of Australia, the polar desert was undiscovered until 1840 – and it’s anything but lifeless. Locals go from microscopic invertebrates to penguins, fur seals, orcas, colossal squids and blue whales.
There’s plant life too, with 100 species of mosses and three species of flowering plants, all of which are found in the Antarctic Peninsula, an area under South American administration that most visitors have access to.
Browse our Antarctica packages here.
Every single one of these locations offer a different mix of the exotic, historic, mysterious and fun, each with its own signature, ready to create new fantastic memories for those who visit them.
They also make up the 2022 travel bingo card of our dreams.
How many destinations can you stamp-off this year?