Take the trip
With the return of restrictive free travel to Costa Rica, British Airways Gatwick-San Jose direct flights are returning, which will resume this month. Those with time to spare might consider Pura Aventura’s Ultimate Costa Rica: A Month of Wonder that ziplines travelers over the rainforest canopy and snorkels with turtles. The grandchildren will never believe you. From Â£ 6,990 p.p. P., including 28 nights with breakfast, many lunches and dinners, 4×4 rental, guides, activities and domestic flights with Pura Aventura (pura-aventura.com)
7.â¦ and walk alone
Solo travel has never been so popular. With all the seclusion that might come as a surprise, it made us decide to go out on our own and book the trip we’ve always dreamed of. And it’s not just youngsters in the gap year. Jonny Bealby, founder of Wild Frontiers, says the bookings they receive are mostly from solo travelers aged 45 to 50 and over and are mostly female. Partners, parents, especially mothers, take time out for themselves, be it with wellness retreats, learning breaks such as surfing or more daring adventures.
“Often times they’re not single – they want to say Peru, but their partner doesn’t,” says James Treacy of Cox & Kings, whose most recent bookings are almost half solo. “So instead of going completely alone, take part in a group tour with other like-minded people.”
Others take solitude positively. âThis is about escaping the hustle and bustle. Challenge yourself and push your comfort zone, âsays Tom Marchant, founder of Black Tomato, who made sure that a single adventurer travels alone to Mongolia to help nomadic herders move their winter camp, hunt with eagles and to ride over the mountains.
Take the trip
Cox & Kings’ powerful, small-group Treasures of Peru solo tour costs from Â£ 2,695 pp for nine nights, including flights; coxandkings.co.uk. Black Tomatos cross-border expedition Become a True Explorer in Mongolia costs Â£ 6,900 for nine nights (blacktomato.com)
8. Unique, c’est chic
A home away from home is simply not enough in 2022. To be honest, we have all had enough of our home – on vacation we want something special, unique and extraordinary. We want to sleep in gypsy carriages and floating huts and party villas with underground karaoke rooms. In a UK vacation rental market that has gotten completely out of hand – bookings are up 400 percent – it’s the quirky things that get snapped up the quickest.
“Travelers are looking for unique stays,” says Airbnb’s Europe GM Amanda Cupples, who reports that Airbnb searches for “unique homes” have increased 94 percent compared to 2019’s converted 1940s boat, a former airship , two tree houses and, first and foremost, a luxury pigsty outside of Winchester. Canopy & Stars’ favorite properties for 2022 are Bowcombe Boathouse in Devon and Sky Den in Kielder Forest in Northumberland. In order not to outperform, hotels create their own fancy, standalone loopholes; In 2022, if you want to get ahead, get yourself a tree house.