For travel lovers, the ringing in of a New Year means new vacation plans. But have you taken time to choose your new year’s travel resolutions?

If you are keen to make 2022 the best year of travel yet, then you are in good company. A recent poll from Expedia has revealed that 2022 will be the year of GOAT – Greatest Of All trips! They surveyed 12,000 travelers across 12 countries, and two thirds said this was their intention.

Check out these other top trends to help you choose your travel resolutions. And maybe your next dream vacation…

1- Step outside your comfort zone

It’s official! 2022 is the year to try something new. Are you thinking of getting back to travel? A popular travel resolution is to push your boundaries a little. There are many ways to add a little spice to your dream vacation without giving up all your comforts.

With Luxury Gold: Admire the Canadian Rockies by helicopter. There’s no better way to see these mesmerizing peaks. And get your thrills at the same time! You can choose a helicopter ride as an optional extra on our Majesty of the Rockies luxury guided tour.


2- Try New Foods

The world is bursting with flavors just waiting to be discovered. 40% of those surveyed by Expedia have vowed to be adventurous and try new foods on their travels.  We can all get stuck in a culinary rut sometimes, and it is well known that traditional recipes, delicacies and delights always taste best in their own country. For any particular eaters out there take a look at our sister blog from Insight Vacations for tips to help you on the way.

With Luxury Gold: Join a Tuscan culinary masterclass, set in the former hunting lodge of the Medici family on our Ultimate Italy luxury guided tour. Join a professional chef, uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking then taste your creations over a lovely lunch.


3- Immerse Yourself in a New Culture

Travel is about more than just visiting another amazing destination. Travelers are keen to meet the locals and practice new languages. Learning new skills and joining in with local projects and activities are great ways to immerse yourself in new cultures too.

With Luxury Gold: Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and culture of India in the stunning pink city of Jaipur. Join local ladies for a pink rickshaw ride, see the sights and learn all about their lives families and customs. Visit the local flower and spice market, enjoy high tea and sample delicious blends of traditional and contemporary cuisine.  Visit this beautiful country on our Essence of India with Ranthambore and Spirit of North & South India luxury guided tours.


4- Spend Less Time on Devices

Don’t we all wish that we would put our phones down and disconnect more often? Recent times have taught us not to take anything for granted, to savor the moment. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed plan to spend less time on their devices to be more in the present, and what better way to do this than with travel?

With Luxury Gold: Visit the magnificent Iguassu Falls in South America and devices will be the last thing on your mind. These immense cascades are the largest waterfall system in the world and sit on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Connect with the present in this enchanting world on our Classic South America and Grand South America luxury guided tours.


5- Get Back to Nature

Enjoying off-the-beaten-path experiences and destinations is a must for 2022, say a quarter of survey respondents. Maybe this means trying new routes around destinations you have seen before, or completely new journeys to faraway lands.

With Luxury Gold: Step away from it all with a voyage to the spellbinding Machu Picchu. It doesn’t get more off the beaten path than this! This is just one of the ways to get back to nature on our Treasures of the Incas 12-day luxury guided tour. Gain a whole new perspective as you explore the natural wonders of Peru.


6- Find a Sense of Contentment and Mental Well-Being

Wanting a little bit more from our travels is becoming increasingly important, to find a sense of contentment. This could be achieved by giving something back, contributing to the preservation of traditions or just knowing that you’ve left a lasting positive impact as you go.

With Luxury Gold:  Meet the fascinating and entertaining Marta on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, in Italy. Discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval Umbrian tradition of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop. The workshop is owned by women and actively empowers women and girls through its education and training programs. Meet the women and admire the craft, and bring this travel resolution to life on our Ultimate Italy luxury guided tour.


7- Go Luxury!

Among U.S. respondents, 40% say they are more willing to treat themselves and spend money on upcoming travel. This includes indulging in luxurious experiences, upgrading hotels or visiting a bucket-list destination.

With Luxury Gold: We’ve got all this and more! What better way to take the journey of a lifetime and visit the places you have always dreamed of? Think 5-star hotels, exceptional cuisine, VIP Experiences and your Travel Concierge and Well-Being Director taking care of every detail. With Luxury Gold you can just concentrate on having an amazing time.

So have we helped you make your travel resolutions?  Why not give yourselves the ultimate travel treat this year? Take a look at our collection of worldwide luxury guided tours in our interactive brochure and imagine yourself packing your suitcase.