Of all the seismic shifts in travel right now, it’s our desire for different that over-ridingly informs how we’ll be holidaying in 2022.
We want escapism and otherness, mountains and oceans, a trip that’s as far away from the routine of daily life as it’s possible to get. Even if we’re not planning on getting on a plane any time soon, we still want something special.
Destinations are opening up, and after so long to dream – and save – we’re spending more, going for longer, embracing offbeat experiences and immersing ourselves more deeply in exciting and unfamiliar cultures, and doing it more conscientiously. One thing’s for sure – in 2022, travel will be better, bigger, more wonder-filled in every way.
1. Awfully big adventures
New year, new travel portmanteau – and for 2022 it’s “ed-venture”. That’s an educational adventure, if it’s not bludgeoningly obvious already, and we’ve got tour operator Scott Dunn to thank for the word – whose ed-venture smorgasbord includes conservation research projects and animal tracking in South Africa, nautical navigation and marine biology programmes in the Maldives – but this is a travel trend we’re seeing across the board. Families are driving bookings in 2022, and parents are keen to compensate for their children’s lost formative years.
Recognising this, Black Tomato has just launched Field Trip, a series of innovative learning encounters for children aged 12-plus, which aim to enrich their knowledge of curriculum subjects – whether history or physics, sculpture or music – through enviable real-life experiences. That might be an exclusive visit inside the Large Hadron Collider, going backstage at Paris’s Opera Garnier with a prima ballerina, snorkelling through Iceland’s Silfra fissure to learn about tectonic plates, and getting under the skin of Kyoto’s historic wooden buildings with local architects.