From the End of the World to a historic trail reopening in Bhutan – Culture Trip reveals the World’s Greatest Travel Experiences for 2022

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Hand-picked by Travel Experts, the list features 14 experiences from around the world

The World’s Greatest Travel Experiences for 2022 have been revealed by travel booking website Culture Trip. Top of the list is the ‘end of the world’ in Ushuaia, Argentina, followed by a historic trail in Bhutan, set to reopen in spring after more than 60 years. Nigeria’s first major visual-art museum, anime subculture in Tokyo and a hike through the Icelandic wilderness to reach a recently opened natural hot spring also made the list:

The World’s Greatest Travel Experiences for 2022 have been curated by Culture Trip’s Travel Experts and Local Insiders; the list has also been informed by traffic data from Culture Trip’s millions of users around the world to pinpoint travel trends. These reflect a growing interest in topics such as food (up over 40% compared to the previous year), hiking (up almost 40%), museums (up 85%), as well as responsible travel (up 25%). 

Cassam Looch, one of Culture Trip’s Travel Experts said:We’ve all been craving those big travel moments for too long – that’s why we curated this list of the world’s greatest travel experiences for 2022. We started with a very long list and then whittled it down to some of the most exciting new things to do, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and much-missed bucket-list moments. It’s a celebration of the wonderful, quirky, breathtaking activities the world has to offer right now to inspire you to travel like never before. What’s more, with Culture Trip we take you from inspiration to booking with our curated collections of Places to Stay, Experiences and TRIPS by Culture Trip which are our small-group adventures – all bookable with us.”

Argentina: Reach ‘the End of the World’ 

Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, is dubbed ‘the end of the world’ because of its location at the very tip of mainland South America. Situated close to the Tierra del Fuego National Park, it is every nature lover’s dream, where you can explore the Esmeralda Lagoon, admire pristine glaciers, trek through dense forests and meet penguins. Take the train to the End of the World Station and enjoy views of Toro Gorge and Lapataia Bay along the way.

Bhutan: Hike a historic 250mi trail reopening after more than 60 years

Set to reopen in spring 2022 after extensive restoration, the Trans Bhutan Trail, deep in the eastern Himalayas, was used for centuries by traders, pilgrims and messengers to get across the country. Now it will welcome walkers for the first time in more than 60 years. Pilgrims will be able to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors, while travellers will be able to explore remote parts of Bhutan – the first carbon-negative country – to enjoy nature in all its glory.

Maui: Snorkel in a partially submerged volcanic crater

Molokini is a submerged volcanic crater created by an eruption over 200,000 years ago. Its crescent shape blocks currents and waves, creating clear waters with a staggering variety of marine life – making it a snorkeller’s paradise. A designated Marine Life Conservation District, the reefs off this tiny, uninhabited island are home to hundreds of colourful fish and sometimes a reef shark or two.

Antarctica: Kayak among majestic glaciers

The Great White Continent is one of the most remote places on the planet with unique landscapes and extraordinary wildlife – coming here is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. An intimate and beautiful way to explore this world up close is by gliding quietly through it in a kayak, past majestic glaciers and imposing icebergs, observing penguins, seals and whales along the way.

Costa Rica: Explore Cloud Forests with natural pools and elfin woodlands

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was once under threat as farmland expansion encroached upon the rainforest. Today, it is fully protected and home to rich biodiversity. Hike amid deep gorges, waterfalls and natural pools, through hazy mists and the low-hanging clouds. The scenery and wildlife are impressive – you can spot orchids, hummingbirds, or even all six species of the cat family that live here (jaguars, ocelots, pumas, oncillas, margays, and jaguarundis).

Los Angeles: Nosh on vegan food at the Vegan Street Fair

After a two-year hiatus, one of the world’s largest vegan festivals is back for two days (March 26-27, 2022). The Vegan Street Fair, which celebrates all things plant-based, comprises over 150 local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, who will come together to serve bite-size portions of drool-worthy green eats. 

Iceland: Hike through the wilderness to a recently opened geothermal pool

Follow a short path through the surreal Icelandic landscape to enjoy a soak in the remote Húsafell Canyon Baths, fed from the Giljaböð Hot Springs. Relax in the soothing waters while taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding canyon and glaciers. If you go at night, gaze up and see if you can spot the Northern Lights. This relatively unknown spot only opened recently, with the entire structure being as sustainable and true to the area’s heritage as possible.

Nigeria: Visit Nigeria’s first major visual-art museum

The Institute of Contemporary African Art and Film, set to open in Ilorin in spring 2022, will celebrate Nigerian creativity. Over the past decade, contemporary art has flourished in the country, alongside galleries and art spaces, while films from ‘Nollywood’ are attracting an ever-wider audience. The new museum – designed as an architectural landmark – will feature galleries for exhibitions, post-production studios, film screening rooms, sculpture garden and workshops. 

Budapest: Celebrate music surrounded by stunning architecture in the middle of a forest

The House of Music in Budapest opened at the end of January 2022. This new cultural venue, designed by architect Sou Fujimoto, is dedicated to the history of music over the past 2,000 years with an exhibition space and open-air stage, as well as concert and education halls. Set in a forest, this landmark has an undulating roof with some 100 holes for trees to grow through, making it a continuation of the natural environment. 

Botswana: Canoe along the waters of the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, is a fascinating labyrinth of waterways that are home to a huge variety of animals. Gliding through the calm waters of this wilderness brings a sense of peace and tranquillity, while at the same time offering an exhilarating way to experience Botswana’s amazing wildlife. There are elephants (Botswana has the world’s largest concentration), hippos, lions, antelopes, cheetahs and more.

Australia: Marvel at the Milky Way and Meteor Showers

Two hours north of Perth, in Western Australia, lie the ancient landscapes of the Pinnacles Desert, marked by hundreds of limestone rocks. This and the dark sky make the area one of the world’s best spots for stargazing – with the billions of stars of the Milky Way visible all year. This year has much to offer, and with Australia reopening its borders, it’s the perfect time for stargazers: in March there will be a Planet Parade with five planets – Mars, Venus, Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter – visible in the sky at the same time; April will see the iconic Southern Cross; and May will delight with the eta-Aquarids Meteor Shower with 50 meteors per hour.

Tokyo: Visit subculture anime spots and go manga shopping

Nerima, in eastern Tokyo, has a big claim to fame: it’s where Japan’s anime production was born in 1958 and has flourished ever since. Head to Nerima to snap photos of anime characters chilling on the streets, explore anime memorabilia in the Toei Animation Museum, or find the famous characters under foot with an Ashita no Joe manhole cover. Near the Oizumi-gakuen station an artwork of Galaxy Express 999 was installed on a manhole cover, while in west Tokyo, Hello Kitty takes centre stage near Tama Center. For manga shopping, pass by the multistorey malls in the Nakano neighbourhood.

Banbridge / Northern Ireland: Step inside the ‘Game of Thrones’ Studio Tour

Newly opened in February 2022, the first ever Game of Thrones Studio Tour is a dream come true for fans of the iconic TV show. Located in the studio where much of the filming in Northern Ireland took place, the interactive experience offers the opportunity to explore the original sets, incredible props, stunning costumes, weaponry and visual effects.

French Polynesia: Explore remote islands on your own catamaran

The remote islands of French Polynesia aren’t easy to get to, but once there, travellers should jump aboard a catamaran to take in this stunning archipelago across the mid-Pacific. Visit the sacred island of Raiatea, said to be where a Polynesian god once resided, and the tiny island of Motu Tautau. Swim with manta rays, enjoy the white beaches of Ana Iti and explore a coral garden on a Polynesian canoe.

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Culture Trip is the travel e-commerce brand with content at its core and the trusted shortcut to booking travel that’s good, and makes you feel good. Culture Trip was created in 2011 to inspire people to go beyond their cultural boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special, unique, and meaningful. So for over a decade now, Culture Trip’s global community of travel experts and local insiders have hand-picked the world’s best bits to share travel stories and unbiased recommendations, together with curated collections of places to stay, hotels, things to do and experiences that can be booked online. Culture Trip inspires people and enables them to turn this inspiration directly into reality — in one single platform, they can discover and book spot-on stays, experiences, and now also TRIPS by Culture Trip which are unique small-group adventures.