5 Tips to Make 2022 Your Best Year of Travel Ever

As borders reopen around the globe, a world of possibilities is opening up for travelers. Whether you’ve been hunkered down at home or venturing across continents, next year presents a unique set of opportunities for enjoying a bucket-list adventure—or two!—in destinations that, after nearly two years of neglect, are eager to open their doors to international visitors. Opportunity blossoms in the wake of change—so what are you waiting for? If there was ever a time to get organized to make the most of your vacation time, this is it. Read on and discover five tips to make 2022 your best year of travel ever.

Danube River Bike Tour Rider


Plan According to Your Passions

What’s the best cure for wanderlust? Planning your next trip and making it happen! We can all relate to the feeling of frustration at being unable to travel, but now’s the time to start considering where you want to go in 2022. Do you want to discover the spicy flavors and sunny landscapes of Spain? Spot wildlife and explore fascinating indigenous cultures in Tanzania? Or embark on an unforgettable adventure through the remote expanses of Patagonia? Now’s the time to decide, because when the time comes, you’re going to want to focus on the important thing—having fun! Great resources to plan your trip include blogs, travel guides and our newsletter, where our series of Featured Destinations offers in-depth looks at some of our most epic adventures.


Book Early

Even with some uncertainty lingering in the air, there’s never been a better time to book early. Airlines and travel companies are offering unprecedented flexibility in their booking policies, meaning that in a lot of cases, booking early is a win-win for the traveler. The earlier you book, the more options you’ll have, with less financial risk involved than ever. Lock your plans in early, then sit back and count down the days until you embark on your epic adventure.

Check out our updated booking policies to see how we’re working to make things easier this year for travelers like you.


Hiker in Galapagos Islands with Backroads


Treat Yourself

Did you miss your yearly family vacation this year? Save up some PTO? Or maybe you just feel, like a lot of us, that after a few years of “traveling” mostly to the grocery store and back, it’s time for a special adventure. You’re not alone. And with the possibility of finding famous sights uncharacteristically uncrowded next year, there’s never been a better time to cross a destination—or two!—off your bucket list. Now’s the time to consider: where have you always wanted to go? And if you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, your passions are a great place to start. Are you a wine aficionado? A fanatic for wildlife photography? Or a globe-trotting foodie? Build your itinerary around your interests and get after it!


Relaxing by the pool in Ecuador with Backroads


Build Connections – New and Old

If you’re like many of us, you may be ready to change things up in your social life—whether that means reuniting with distant family or meeting some new friends. But before making plans for 2022, it’s worth thinking about what type of connection you’re looking for. If you’re craving the company of your loved ones, consider inviting them to hit the road with you on a multi-generational family trip or a private adventure. If you’re ready to make some new connections, the camaraderie and fun-loving atmosphere of a classic group tour might be perfect for you.


Smiling couple on Backroads New Zealand Bike Tour


Make It Active and Get Off the Beaten Path

One thing that we’ve all learned this year is the value of fresh air, wide-open spaces and off-the-beaten-path trails and bike routes. 2022 might be the year to skip the resort for the smaller boutique hotel, pass on the tourist sites in favor of a hike, and opt to travel by bike instead of watching the world go by through a pane of glass. Who knows—you might discover that self-powered, small-scale travel has a special intimacy and richness that’s been missing from your past journeys! That’s what we believe at Backroads, where we’ve been pioneering this style of travel for more than four decades. We’re excited at the possibility that more people will be joining us to discover the magic of active travel together, especially with our new easygoing Dolce Tempo journeys now making active travel more accessible than ever. As our founder and owner Tom Hale wrote in our blog, these unusual times have proved our style of travel to be more resonant—and necessary—than ever. Will you join us to see what it’s all about?


Hiker at Waterfall in Columbia River Gorge


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