As I reflect on the past couple of years and where I want my travels to take me in 2022, I can’t help but feel a strange pang of sadness that travel hasn’t fully resumed back to normal. But with that, I also feel an enormous sense of hope that borders will fully re-open, restrictions will ease, and with that, traveling in 2022 isn’t yet lost. This year, as I’ve sat down to plan my trips, I realize that everything I want to do revolves around the idea of just letting loose and having FUN. Getting away from the stress of the bedside, the stress of the pandemic, and really just showing myself some TLC. So when putting together my 2022 travel bucket list, the “theme” of this list is trips that excite me. From island hopping through Greece to taking a cheeky mother-daughter trip, here are 22 trips to take in 2022. How many trips will you be able to cross off?
22 Trips to Take in 2022 – The Ultimate Travel Bucket List
1. Take a Solo Trip
There is nothing that excites me more than boarding a plane and touching down in a country (or state) that I’ve never been before – solo. Solo travel has changed me in ways I can’t begin to describe and this year, I vow to show myself some TLC by continuing my quest to visit new countries all by myself. When you travel alone you have the freedom to do whatever it is that you please. You can stay out all night… or go to bed early. You choose what accommodation you want to stay in, how much money you want to spend, and where you want to eat at. It’s the perfect kind of trip to show yourself some much needed love. So this year, get out of your comfort zone, stop waiting for your friends, and just book the damn trip.
Get inspired! Read more about traveling solo:
2. Take a Friend Trip
2022 is the year of FUN so call up your girlfriends and finally book that trip that you’ve been talking about forever! Whether it’s a weekend in California’s wine country or a cheeky getaway to Nashville, it’s time to start prioritizing your friendships. If anything, the past couple of years have taught us all that life is just too dang short.
3. Book a Mother/Daughter Trip
Another great travel experience is visiting a new place (or an old favorite) with your mom. Mother daughter trips can be so refreshing. You talk about new and exciting things, you’re away from the stressors that other family members can sometimes place on you, and you get to spend real 1:1 quality time bonding. I swear, you can learn so much about your mom on a mother-daughter trip! This year I highly encourage you to book a trip with your mom – or dad for that matter! 2022 is all about spending quality time with those that you love.
4. Plan An Epic Road Trip
My favorite thing about a road trip is that your final destination isn’t even the best part of the trip. The journey that gets you there is! When you take a road trip you have the ability to change your travel plans last minute if you like (or dislike) where you’re at. You can stop at the side of the road at a moments notice because you want to take a photo or you see a store that caught your eye. Plus your travel plans are completely flexible and you only have to rely on yourself – not an airline, boat, or train. An epic road trip is a win-win situation!
Read about my favorite road trips in the US and Europe:
5. Plan to Visit Another Country
After not being able to travel in 2020, and perhaps being cautious about travel in 2021, make 2022 the year that you visit another country. While travel restrictions are always changing, I suggest purchasing travel insurance and just going for it! Unfortunately, I predict that COVID is something that we’re just going to have to permanently live with moving forward. I don’t foresee it going away anytime soon and for that reason I urge you to pack your bags, get on a plane, and show up in a new country that you’ve been craving to visit.
6. Visit a Neighboring Town
Visiting a neighboring town is a great way to travel without going far from home or spending a ton of money! You can scratch the travel “itch” even if it means you’re only gone for a quick day trip or a cheeky weekend getaway. Some of my most memorable “travels” have only taken me an hour or two away! It’s showed me that you don’t have to go far, spend a ton of money, or pack a huge suitcase to “travel”. Sometimes being creative and getting off the beaten path is just as incredible as a long week abroad.
Read more about traveling nearby: How to Experience the Feeling of Travel When You Can’t Actually “Travel”
7. Travel for Wine
Wine is one of my love languages and I’ve been on a mission to explore and discover all things wine since I turned 21 (and not a second before ;)). I’ve been lucky enough to visit some of the most incredible wine regions around the world and even learn about the birthplace of wine in Georgia! In 2022 I urge you to travel for wine, learn something new about the wine making process, and have fun while you’re doing it!
Read about my favorite wine destinations around the world:
8. Travel to Just “Let Loose”
The theme of 2022 – just let loose! Book a trip somewhere just to have fun! Be it Nashville, Las Vegas, or a warm getaway to Palm Springs the only thing you really need to pack is some Advil and the right attitude.
But really, there is nothing like a weekend away where you might drink one too many cocktails or dance on tables. In my opinion, one weekend like this per year is good for the soul.
9. Go Somewhere to Learn About History
Whenever I travel one of my favorite things to do is learn about the destination I’m visiting. I have a specific interest in learning about WWII so anytime I’m in Europe I’m always researching WWII tours, sites, and monuments. Figure out what you’re interested in and plan a trip around your interests Whether it’s the history of bourbon or the Vietnam War, book a trip specifically based on historical purposes.
10. Island Hop
Is there anything more dreamy, romantic, or relaxing than island hopping? Explore the blue waters of the Caribbean, visit untouched and under the radar islands throughout Southeast Asia, or see what makes Greece such a popular destination as you head from one island to the next. Make this year the year that you start romanticizing your own life and get out and see some of the most incredible islands around the world!
11. Visit Eastern Europe
I’ve said it time and time again but Europe is truly my love language. And what’s even better than visiting Europe? Visiting Eastern Europe. The reason I love Eastern Europe so much is because it’s incredibly affordable and SO underrated. Plus the people you meet (both local and tourists) are so much fun. You’re bound to come across different expats and solo travelers who are living abroad, happy to meet friends, and just living life with one goal – to see the world. So this year, make it the year that you step away from the popular European destinations like Italy, France, and Spain; and instead head to Eastern Europe to get off the beaten path and experience a different side of European culture, history, and way of life.
Plan a trip to one of my suggested Eastern European destinations:
12. Take an “8 Day Vacay”
This year I urge you to take at least one “8 day vacay”! The best thing about taking this type of trip is that you don’t have to take any PTO. I’ve designed the “8 day vacay” to best suit nurses who are looking to step away from the bedside, and travel to prevent nurse burnout. The way it works is by working the first three shifts of week one, and the last three shifts of week two giving you eight days off in-between.
Read more about the “8 Day Vacay” and my favorite 8 day itineraries!
13. Take An Extended Trip
This one might be a bit harder for most people, but if the past two years have taught us anything it’s that life is short and the hospital doesn’t really care about you as a person – only as a nurse. For that reason, I say take the chance and book an extended trip away! Whether it’s a month or five months – 2022 is all about living! Cut yourself off from that toxic relationship, quit that job you’ve hated for years, and get out and see the world!
Read more about preparing for extended vacations:
14. Re-Visit An Old Favorite
While traveling to new areas can be new and exciting, re-visiting a place that gave you all the feels the first time around can be just as exciting. When you re-visit a destination you can go at it with ease knowing that some things will be familiar, you’ll know how to get around, and you can explore a different neighborhood you never got a chance to see or visit a new restaurant that you weren’t able to try before.
15. Book a Spontaneous Weekend Getaway
There’s nothing I love more than hopping in the car and showing up in a new city or state a few hours later. And even better when it’s completely spontaneous! Plus with travel restrictions always changing, 2022 may just be the year of spontaneous trips. Book last minute to avoid border closings or pesky, changing COVID requirements.
16. Take a Sibling Trip
Show your family love this year by planning a sibling trip! Do you all like the outdoors? Pick a weekend everyone is free and head to the mountains. Do you like to drink beer together? Head to a city that is known for their breweries like Seattle, Washington or Portland, Maine. Wherever your common interest lies, plan a trip and see who wants to join!
17. Travel for Food
(Aside from traveling for wine), traveling for food is one of my favorite things to do! (One time I even booked a flight to Naples, Italy because I was craving pizza). A country can really shine and stand out based on the food that you eat. And some of my all time favorite travel memories revolve around food! So let this be the year that you follow your cravings… wherever in the world they may lead you.
Georgia is one of my favorite foodie countries in the world. Read this post to see why!
18. Become a Travel Nurse
One of the easiest ways to travel and see the world is to become a travel nurse. Not only are travel nurses in a unique position to experience different pockets of the United States by having the ability to move every 13-weeks, but travel nurses also have the ability to take unlimited PTO to travel and see the world! Win-win.
If 2022 is the year that you decide to take control of your life and make the leap from staff nurse to travel nurse, I highly encourage you to purchase The Ultimate Travel Nurse Bundle to guide you every step of the way!
19. Travel Within the United States
The one positive thing that came out of 2020 was that I realized the United States is pretty incredible. Having my international trips canceled, I decided to explore what was right outside my door (or rather across state lines). I found that there is beauty everywhere you look, each state is uniquely different, and a huge adventure is sometimes only a state away.
Read about some of my favorite US destinations:
20. Explore the Outdoors
There’s nothing quite like getting out in nature to refresh and recharge. This year I encourage you to book an outdoor trip whether it’s a simple day hike or even an extended camping trip. See a National Park you haven’t seen yet, explore those hidden hot springs, ski down a mountain, or even head out for a bike ride. The great outdoors… is your oyster!
Read about my favorite outdoor adventures:
21. Stay at a Luxury Hotel
I rarely splurge on a luxury hotel, but when I do I feel so refreshed afterwards! When you stay at a luxury hotel, it feels like you’re on a true vacation. Your bags are delivered to your room for you, there is always someone around to answer questions, get you a taxi, or help you with dinner reservations. And if you don’t feel like going out – room service is almost always worth it.
Read about my favorite luxury hotel experience: Staying at the Nobu Hotel in Cabo
22. Book a Spa Trip
Last but not least, self care is the theme of the year. And what better way to show yourself some TLC than to book a spa trip – solo or with loved ones! There are incredible spa trips all around the world, I suggest Googling “best spas in “X” (city/state/country)”, and read the online reviews. You can’t go wrong!
How many of these bucket list trips will you be crossing off in 2022?