For two years, traveling has involved a barrage of stops, starts, and failed promises that unhindered adventures were just around the corner. Many of our favorite destinations and dream-list locales closed down, then reopened, only to close again. But, as countries around the world adopt new, more relaxed protocols, travel is finally opening up again. Though some countries still have some health stipulations in place, there’s a long list of domestic and international destinations that are welcoming visitors with open arms and promising better-than-ever experiences.
New Zealand, famous for its visually stunning vistas, has long been a favorite destination for the world’s sojourners. It has one of the highest vaccination rates globally, making it a safer option for those anxiously awaiting international travel opportunities. Whether you’re looking for an untamed wilderness, a gorgeous beach, a romantic getaway, or a family vacation, there are endless options across New Zealand. Visit the Lord of the Rings filming locations, take a walking food tour in Wellington, or hop aboard a sea vessel and explore the country’s 9000-mile coastline.
This Caribbean island is a safe bet for travel in 2022. Saba is a special municipality of the Netherlands and lies just southeast of the Virgin Islands. The fascinating island has earned a reputation as an unspoiled gem of the Caribbean. Along with its dramatic coastline, quaint neighborhoods, fascinating wildlife, and walking trails, you’ll find gin and wine tastings, along with loads of shopping and eating experiences to enjoy.
Whether you’re a fan of land or sea, you’ll find exactly what you need to soothe your soul in Iceland, a country that was named by travel professionals as one of the safest to visit. An abundance of natural sites, such as Seljalandsfoss, the country’s most famous waterfall, or Geysir Geothermal Area, home to two active geysers, add to its allure. Visit traditional fishing villages, explore the magma chamber of a volcano, drive the Golden Circle, or hang out in the country’s capital and northernmost city, Reykjavik.
The U.S. Department of State listed Gambia under a Level 1 advisory due to the low level of COVID-19 cases in the country. It may be the smallest country on the African continent, but it has everything you need for a relaxing and delightful getaway. You’ll find 50 miles of coastline with golden, sun-drenched beaches, panoramic ocean views, and sunsets you’ll never forget. Zipline through the rainforest, explore archeological sites on James Island, or visit the Kachikally crocodile pool in Banjul.
Most of Portugal’s population has received its vaccinations, so it’s one of the safer choices for an international vacation. Make plans to travel to the archipelago of Madeira, a legendary destination with a year-round summer climate, a vibrant local community, whale and dolphin-spotting safaris, festivals, sailing, and hiking opportunities. Funchal, Madeira’s stunning and picturesque capital city, is one of the most popular destinations on the island. It’s known for its amazing selection of outdoor eateries serving local, fresh fare and for being a getaway destination for affluent Europeans.
While some COVID restrictions remain in place, the CDC says Mozambique has a low-level threat. This southeastern African country is a mesh of cultures, with locals representing a mix of African, Chinese, Indian, and Portuguese connections. There’s an array of archaeological wonders to explore and a vast selection of delicious cultural cuisines and artistic creations to try. Pristine ocean diving sites, world-class seafood, traditional music performances, national wildlife parks, and exotic surroundings are just some of the reasons why Mozambique is one of the fastest-growing destinations for travelers.
New protocols starting in May 2022 end quarantine-upon-arrival, though proof of vaccination is required. For travelers seeking breathtaking landscapes and abundant, unique wildlife, this is the perfect destination. With colonies of sea lions, elephant seals, penguins, and albatrosses hanging out on the beaches and a sparse human population, you’ll encounter few barriers to your vacation encounters here. Fresh, clean air, plenty of hiking and walking trails, and unique culinary options for foodies make the Falkland Islands a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway.
This tropical paradise rests in the South Pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and New Zealand. Start your exploration on Tutuila, the largest island. The stunning seaside views and glistening, white sand beaches will undoubtedly grab your attention. Shop in the Fagatogo Market and dine at one of the many intriguing food stalls there. If you’re up for a hike, climb the peaceful — but challenging — trail to Mount Alava, where the vibrant green rainforests and lush landscape will absolutely leave you stunned.
A report issued earlier this year names Canada as one of the safest places to visit in 2022. With its impressive and magnificent natural landscapes, friendly locals, and multicultural cities, you’ll never run out of compelling ways to fill your time while visiting. Canada has a reputation for being more affordable than many other travel destinations. You’ll get more bang for your travel buck no matter what you add to your “must-do” list, whether you’re exploring French culture in Quebec, watching the Celebration of Light in Vancouver, or spending the day at the Calgary Stampede.
When you think about Switzerland, you may picture spectacular mountain vistas, but that’s only a slice of what’s in store when choosing this country for your long-awaited destination. Consider a boat cruise to Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe. Hitch a train ride at Kleine Scheidegg and travel to the alpine forests, verdant meadows, and peaceful lakes in Interlaken. Paraglide over the French Alps or join a backpacking trek through Swiss National Park. Visit the oldest town in Switzerland, the 5000-year-old settlement of Chur, or make plans to visit Vevay, a small town vineyard that dates back 1000 years and is also a UNESCO site.