Top 9 Unexpected Destinations to Visit in 2022

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It’s the beginning of 2022, and you’re looking to take a vacation to an unexpected destinations! Thankfully, you’ve got the world at your fingertips when it comes to travel opportunities, but where should you go? These 10 destinations might surprise you, but they’re full of exciting and off-the-beaten-path experiences that are sure to make your trip unforgettable.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik

Many people may be hesitant about visiting Iceland due to its distance from home, but Icelanders are extremely friendly and appreciative of tourists. You’ll find that many of them speak excellent English and do their best to communicate with you. Even if you don’t plan on learning any Icelandic, it can be fun for your family and friends who come along for the trip. (However, we recommend carrying a phrasebook just in case!) The culture is fascinating, full of unique customs; Icelandic horses are famous around the world and there are abundant opportunities for adventure activities like hiking glaciers, horseback riding through valleys filled with hot springs or hiking through gorges while watching waterfalls plunge hundreds of feet down narrow valleys.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels

Brussels, Belgium may seem like an odd choice for a vacation destination. It’s often overlooked by tourists and underrated as a cultural capital of Europe. But with its rich artistic history, it shouldn’t be ignored—it should be experienced. The city has gorgeous buildings, excellent art museums and palaces, wonderful restaurants and pubs, and unique architecture everywhere you look. Come here for culture, food—and beer! You can visit three countries from one spot: Belgium borders France and Holland but is still reachable by car or train from just about anywhere in Europe. Plus it’s remarkably affordable compared to other destinations; Brussels is definitely worth your time next year!

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia

If you’re looking for a European adventure that’s a little out of left field, head to St. Petersburg, Russia. This city is home to more than 400 years of history, with must-see sights like The Hermitage Museum, which holds 1.5 million pieces from artists like Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh. Russian ballet lovers should also make sure not to miss The Kirov Ballet at Mariinsky Theatre; it’s renowned for its unique character and technical precision. Whether your trip is business or pleasure, add on some extra days so you can explore Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise in neighboring Finland; its massive spaceport will launch Europe’s first private spaceflight program just three years from now!

Salvador, Brazil

Salvador

Once known as the capital of death, Salvador’s murder rate has dropped drastically in recent years. The city—once known for its high levels of poverty and crime—is now a popular tourist destination, thanks to massive investments in tourism infrastructure by both private companies and government officials. In addition, safe bike lanes have made it possible for tourists and locals alike to explore Salvador’s steep hills on two wheels; plus, you can tour centuries-old churches and enjoy fresh seafood at dozens of coastal restaurants all within an hour’s ride from any part of town. When you’re done walking around, take a short flight or hop on one of many cruise ships that dock nearby. No doubt, travelers will start flocking here soon enough—if they haven’t already. Cairo, Egypt: For much of the world, Egypt conjures up images of sunbaked sand dunes and mummies entombed in pyramids. But Egypt is so much more than just that—and these days travelers are increasingly making their way down south to see Cairo instead. Granted, visiting Cairo is not for everyone: indeed (as with most cities) visitors must constantly stay alert if they wish to stay safe.

Munich, Germany

Munich

Known for its beer halls, river scenery and parks, Munich is often overlooked by tourists. In 2022, however, it will be hosting several high-profile sporting events which will increase its popularity dramatically. Munich is home to two of Germany’s major football clubs: Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich. So if you want a taste of what German football culture is like without having to attend a match at one of these stadiums (which can get very rowdy) then head on over! There are also two universities here that welcome foreign students. This includes the famous Technical University of Munich (TUM), which has established an international reputation as one of Europe’s leading research institutions.

Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful country with spectacular natural scenery, friendly locals and plenty of activities. Popular destinations include Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch, although all are worth visiting. In 2022, visitors can expect improvements on certain attractions and more events related to film and gaming. If you’re planning a trip within five years—this information might come in handy. More so if you’re interested in events tied to music festivals and film-themed festivals (think Fantasia Film Festival).

Montreal, Canada

Montreal, Canada

For those who are tired of ice and snow, Montreal is an unseasonably warm destination. Its many festivals—think Festival International de Jazz de Montréal or Fête des Neiges—make it a particularly welcoming place during its short winters. Locals love their city’s cultural offerings too: The Place des Arts hosts over 500 shows annually, while Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is at home with one of Canada’s largest art collections (and is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2022). And that’s just one part of what makes Montreal such a well-rounded destination.

Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Come for its top-notch museums and galleries; stay for its architecture and history. It’s not just a gateway to communist East Berlin that was good enough for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. The Polish capital has some seriously cool attractions of its own, such as Palace of Culture and Science, an over-the-top building designed by Stalinist architecture during their brief period of independence in 1950s Poland.

Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Kaohsiung City is one of Taiwan’s most beautiful cities and boasts thousands of years of history. This modern metropolis is also known for its vibrant youth culture, lively nightlife, and incredible views. While tourists have been visiting Taiwan for decades, Kaohsiung City is still a destination that remains off many people’s radar. Whether you are looking for a peaceful vacation or an exhilarating adventure, Kaohsiung City has a variety of options sure to suit your needs. In 2022, it will be hosting a huge international sporting event which will put it on everyone’s travel list – don’t miss out!

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