What better way to welcome 2022 than with an incredible trip to an awe-inspiring destination? From low-key celebrations to more adventurous endeavors, there’s a perfect New Year’s vacation for any type of traveler.
This is a great time to plan a bucket-list trip, push yourself outside of your comfort zone, see that view you’ve always dreamed of in real life, or try your favorite dish cooked in its home country.
Whether you’re in search of a place to unwind after the holidays, a more lively city escape to celebrate, or you’re craving wide-open spaces with a side of fantastic scenery, there are endless opportunities for commemorating a fresh year. Here are nine places to visit for New Year’s that will start 2022 off on the right foot.
A relaxing beach vacation is just what you need after the holiday hustle. The island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean is ready to provide a tranquil respite to unwind with white sands, turquoise seas, and plenty of warm sunshine.
One of the best things to do in St. Kitts is to visit the famous Cockleshell Beach, located on the southern coast of the island with spectacular views of Nevis, the sister island to St. Kitts. Calm seas beckon for a swim, and soft sand creates a postcard-perfect backdrop for reading, strolling, or taking a leisurely nap under the sun.
Plenty of eateries line the beach for snacks and refreshments. Indulge in fresh seafood at one of these restaurants as small waves lap the shore, creating the ideal atmosphere for a laid-back New Year’s celebration in paradise.
When you’ve had enough of a seaside rest, the pristine waters welcome snorkeling and diving enthusiasts with offshore shipwrecks and abundant marine life. Or, stretch your legs on the hiking trail that leads to the highest point on St. Kitts, Mount Liamuiga. This trek will reward with spectacular panoramic views.
In need of some spa time? This is a perfect place for wellness travelers. Ring in the New Year with all your stress from last year melted away. At the end of a full island day, cheers to 2022 with some local rum. This is one of the top places to go for New Year’s Eve.
For a fast-paced city getaway with seemingly everything at your fingertips, Singapore is a vibrant choice for celebrating the New Year in style. Marvel at the innovative architecture that the city is known for, and indulge in its cuisine, nature, and seaside attractions.
Influenced by the Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultures, the culinary scene is out of this world. Street food lovers will find themselves in foodie heaven, with authentic bites available in abundance. Make sure to try local favorites such as Hainanese chicken rice, char kway teow, and kaya toast.
If you only have three days in Singapore for the holidays, make sure to spend some time to explore its natural side with a visit to the world-famous botanical gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll be wowed by the wide variety of flora and fauna, particularly the sizable orchid garden—it’s the most expansive collection of orchids in the entire world.
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city from the well-known Singapore Flyer, a Ferris wheel offering an amazing vista of one of the best skylines in the world. At night, the lights will dazzle you on your ride into the sky.
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
If your idea of the perfect end to the year is lounging on the beach or embarking on a thrilling adventure, consider the seaside destination of Puerto Plata on the Dominican Republic’s northern coast. Laidback beaches and lush jungle make for an idyllic mix of rejuvenation and adrenaline.
You’ll have your pick of beaches, like Playa Sosúa, where you’ll have a view of Mount Isabel de Torres, and Playa Dorada, one of the most well-known beaches. If you’re up for a thrill, try Cabarete Beach, one of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic for kitesurfing.
Discover Damajagua Waterfalls, one of the most popular and stunning natural attractions on the island. Marvel at the limestone rocks, caves, and series of 27 waterfalls. Cool off in natural pools seemingly hidden and tucked away in an otherworldly realm. You’ll feel like a true explorer on this hike that delivers excitement and beauty, making it one of the best things to do in Puerto Plata.
New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and experiences, making it one of the most extraordinary places to visit for New Year’s. Lace up your hiking boots and welcome the New Year with a thrilling trek on any of the country’s fantastic walking tracks.
Sip your way through New Zealand’s world-class vineyards, like the Marlborough wine region, which produces some of the world’s best sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, and chardonnay. Sail through the scenic Fiordland region, where the famous Milford Sound awaits with jaw-dropping landscapes and more waterfalls than you can count.
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