7 of the Coolest Places to Go Abroad in 2022

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We can travel again: four words that we may never say again after two years of closed borders and permanent bans. The endless wanderlust is finally over and we can finally start looking for a much-needed vacation abroad outside of our own backyard.

To get you excited and maybe give you some vacation ideas for the New Year, we’ve put together some of the coolest cities in the world for your well-deserved vacation abroad. We’ll tell you exactly why each location is worth your plane ticket, what to do and where to stay.

Here are 7 of the coolest places to go abroad in 2022.

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CANADA

Okay, no doubt you know Whistler as the definitive vacation hotspot – but for a damn good reason. Just 90 minutes north of Vancouver, Whistler is one of the world’s leading ski and snowboard destinations in winter and absolutely blessed with scenic mountain bike and hiking trails in summer. The city of British Columbia is home to the world famous Piper Blackcomb Skiing area and adventurous activities such as ski jumping, tobogganing and snowshoeing – after hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Why not try a speed of 100 km / h between the days of skiing and enjoy breathtaking sights by exploring Whistler from above, including via the longest zipline in North America. Or treat yourself to a day of adrenaline rushing in the Oyster Bar at Araxia Restaurant in the heart of Whistler’s Chalet Village.

As for accommodation – if you’re in town to hit the slopes, there’s no getting around it One bedroom apartment on the Blackcomb Mountain slopes for ideal ski-in / out access. And if you spend the day inside and keep warm, you can see the mountain.

Whangamatā

NEW ZEALAND

There’s no denying that New Zealand is a huge vacation destination. And since the Aussies are pretty familiar with the big cities across the Rift, we wanted to mention a deeper cut vacation spot. The city of Whangamatā is located on the Coromandel Peninsula of the North Island, two hours from Auckland. Nestled between the jungle, calm harbor water and white sandy beaches, the coastal city is outrageously ideal for a vacation.

In terms of activity, this is definitely an outdoor city. Take a guided kayak tour the nearby Whenuakura Island, also known as ‘Donut Island’, a nature reserve and an absolute must. Put on your boots and hike into Coromandel Forest Park, which has many awesome trails like this one Hike to Wentworth Falls. Or, finally, borrow fishing rods and relax in the calm harbor waters or on a board for one of the best breaks in the country.

When you stay in Whangamatā, you can also find a spot close to the area’s seascape. Fortunately, this is Pohutukawa Cove One-room apartment offers panoramic views of the main beach and headland.

An arched bay in the azure blue water

Cabo San Lucas

MEXICO

Cabo San Lucas (colloquially known as “Cabo”) is a port city on the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. You’ve probably heard of the spa town as a go-to place for celebrities – but with the world reopening we’re all A-lists and it’s time to give yourself a treat. Blessed with pristine beaches, endless drinking and dining options, breathtaking nature, cultural activities and a vibrant nightlife, Cabo could be the best way to finally relax after a rough few years.

Before you head out into the night, besides sitting on the beach, you have a lot to do when the sun is still shining. Take stand-up paddleboards, for example, to explore the magnificent rock formation known as. is known The Arch of Cabo San Lucas, often home to lazy sea lions. There are also many ways to explore the seas by Snorkeling on a catamaran to private sailing trips with open bar.

You won’t be surprised to learn that the coastal region’s luxurious accommodations are a boujee embarrassment of wealth like this one 4 bedroom villa on hillside with a view of the pacific ocean or something Beachfront condo almost touching the bay of Cabo San Lucas.

Cabo Bay with clear blue skies and a boat-lined marina.

Nashville

United States of America

Of course, any American trip will likely take you to cities like Los Angeles, New York City, or Chicago, but consider adding the capital of Tennessee to your itinerary. Visit Nashville in the southern United States to enjoy some of the best food you’ve ever had (BBQ and Nashville Hot Chicken, enough said) and more music than you could possibly hear in your entire life. Head to Broadway, Nashville’s colorful main street, every night of the week to hear the sounds of blues, country, jazz and rock vibrating from bars and honky tonks.

Of course, in Nashville, the obvious thing to do is to go out and play live music everywhere. But make sure you take a trip to that too Country Music Hall of Fame for a music history lesson. And if you’re in town between September and January, catch Tennessee Titans NFL game where half the city goes to the stadium for Sunday football. As accommodation, you either stay right in the middle of the action Apartment in the city center or just outside of town for a little more tranquility in this quaint South Nashville tiny house.

Neon signs line a street in Nashville

Nice

FRANCE

As this list makes pretty clear, some parts of the world are simply wrongly blessed as perfect vacation spots. The south of France and especially the port city of Nice belong to this camp. The city on the French Riviera offers Mediterranean strolls, historic buildings and shops, colorful architecture, several castles to explore, plenty of places to enjoy some of the best wines in the world, and like the rest of the south, lovely sunny weather.

In need of an organized activity outside of the leisurely stroll through the cobblestone streets of Vieille Ville (old town) or the seaside Promenade des Anglais? You can’t travel around France without soaking up its history and culture. Be sure to check out the Matisse Museum is dedicated to the works of the French painter Henri Matisse, who lived and worked in the area for many years.

When it comes to accommodations, you’re spoiled for choice with Airbnbs, with scenic views of the French Riviera. Pack your swimmers and choose between This one here, This one or maybe This one here– It’s hard to go wrong.

a pastel yellow building in Nice

Kyoto

JAPAN

We know we are going with a big name on this recommendation, but the former Japanese capital is so beautiful and well worth a visit that we had no choice but to include it. With over 2000 temples and shrines and widely considered the country’s cultural capital, Kyoto is in the Kansai region of Honshu Island. The city perfectly blends its rich history and culture with a vibrant and modern culinary scene that features yakitori, izakaya, ryokan dining, Kyoto’s haute cuisine known as kaiseki, and some Michelin-starred restaurants.

Where should you even start when it comes to sights? Take a stroll through that Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and its thousands of vermilion torii gates. Make your way to the endless temples across the city, from the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the world heritage site Nijo Castle in the center of Kyoto after Kinkakuji (also known as the Golden Pavilion), a two-story Zen temple in northern Kyoto that is covered in gold leaf.

Book that Machiya house, a traditional Kyoto-style house that combines old and new architecture near several temples as a base for exploring. Or in this one luxurious villa only a 15-minute walk from Nijo Castle.

a temple rises at sunset in Kyoto

Naples

ITALY

There are tons of ways to sell the city of Naples as an ideal vacation spot and one of Italy’s most interesting cities – from its beautiful seaside location and historical / artistic significance to its proximity to some of the country’s top attractions. But surely to tell you that it’s the original homeland of pizza is enough?

The first thing on your itinerary through the southern Italian city, after devouring a few slices of OG recipe pizza in town, should be the Piazza del Plebiscito– a public square surrounded by some of the area’s finest historical buildings, such as the Basilica Royal and the Royal Palace. Naples is also conveniently located, a 20-minute drive down the coast from the ruins of Pompeii, and Mount Vesuvius for a history correction and the ultimate bucket list.

Feel like a local with the accommodation and book yourself in quaint apartment in a historic 19th century building in the heart of the city. Or this one apartment with its serious panoramic views of the harbor and mountains.

Colorful houses line the beach in Naples

Next, check out the best off-the-grid Airbnbs in Australia for the perfect getaway.

Image source: Abby Thompson, Matt Crawford, mana5280, Caroline Minor Christensen, Roméo A.

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