Finding new places to explore in the world is one of our favorite things, especially now that many of us can travel again after a long halt to international movement due to the pandemic (Omicron, please be nice...).
From TikTok to Instagram, the internet is full of inspiration when it comes to making a bucket list on where to visit next, from the best countries for solo travel to alternative city breaks. However, nothing is quite like National Geographic Traveller's annual list of the 35 must-see destinations for the next year.
Every year, 'The Best of the World List (opens in new tab)’ provides the ultimate guide on the best places and communities to visit on your next travel adventure and this year, it's even more special as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, with 14 World Heritage-designated sites featured on the list.
The list is divided into five categories: Culture, Sustainability, Nature, Adventure and Family. This makes it easier for aspiring globe-trotters to explore the suggested destinations depending on what they value the most when traveling. Plus, there's plenty to choose from with each category including seven entries.
“Whether it’s closer to home, exploring the UK and Europe, or focusing on journeys further afield to destinations that highlight sustainable, environmental and community initiatives, this year’s list gives us an opportunity to celebrate the world as we begin to emerge from the pandemic," says Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller UK. "Travel might be slow and cautious to begin with, and while there’s undoubtedly pent-up demand it’s also a chance to consider how and why we travel. These 35 destinations are a good starting place to plan your trips for 2022 and beyond.”
See the full 'Best of the World List’ below, and start planning your next trip. We've already begun!
The Best of the World List 2022
Jingmai Mountain, Yunnan, China
Tin Pan Alley, London, England
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Ruhr Valley, Germany
Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador
National Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, Oregon/Washington, US
Chimanimani National Park, Mozambique
Caprivi Strip, Namibia
Northern Minnesota, United States
Lake Baikal, Russia
Belize Maya Forest Reserve
Seine River Bike Trail, Franc
Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail, New Brunswick, Canada
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, US
Danube River Cruise
Eastern Shore, Maryland, US
Hadrian’s Wall, UK
Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty. She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few.
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