Our Top Travel Destinations For 2022!

Jun 21, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic has not only impacted all of our worlds, but it has changed the travel industry forever. Safety measures have been ramped up, visas requirements tightened, airfares have become more expensive and immigration cues have become dramatically longer.
 
With that said, things are finally beginning to return to normal and it is fair to say – adventures are waiting in abundance. Regardless of how many travel books, movies, virtual museum visits, and Zoom calls you devoured over lockdown, that yearning for adventure has undoubtedly returned.
 
As restrictions loosen, people are finally sitting back down to book their next big adventure away, and as a result, we have put together a list of our top travel destinations for 2022 to help you with your decision:

Known as the gateway to Africa, Morocco is a country filled with diversity, culture, charm and adventure. 

From breathtaking mountain ranges, sweeping Saharan deserts, rugged coastlines and ancient cities, Morocco couldn’t be more tailor-made to the adventure traveller. With most activities being within close proximity, you can tackle the epic Atlas Mountains or conquer the Tizi-n-Test pass one day and ride camels through golden dunes, swim through forest-clad waterfalls or camp under the starry night’s sky the next. 

Being influenced by both Arabic and European cultures, Morocco’s cities are some of the most beautiful and exciting on the planet. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Fez (UNESCO heritage site), snake through the great labyrinths of theatrical spice markets in Marrakesh, explore the blue-wash streets of Chefchaouen or enjoy the surfing paradise of the charming Essaouira.

It goes without saying that Morocco may just be the most enchanting country on the continent. 

Our Personal Travel Experts know Morocco really well. If you want to find out more about their ancient cities, rolling dunes or mountain summits, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel

Due to its subtropical climate, Morocco is great all year round. However, it must be said that April and May, and September to November are best times to travel as the weather is cooler and it is generally less busy. 

If you are looking to trek the Atlas Mountains, we would recommend you hiking over the Spring period. 

Those wanting to head to the Sahara, we would only advice against visiting during the summer months, as temperatures can reach over 45 degrees and the weather in April often causes sandstorms. 

Please note that Morocco is a Muslim country, therefore, be aware that during Ramadan you may find it difficult to buy food and drink in the smaller towns and villages (although this wont be a problem in larger towns and cities).

Embrace the spirit of the Great Outdoors and visit the world’s second-largest country. Offering an endless variety of adventures and landscapes; nature is without a doubt the main reason why so many adventure-travellers visit the playground known as Canada.

Stretching from the US border to the North Pole (passing Quebec on the Atlantic Coast and the Rocky Mountains on the west between Alberta and British Columbia), Canada boasts a breathtaking scope of diversity and wildlife – including lynx, polar bears, grizzly bears, whales and even moose.

Breathe in the fresh air as you snowboard through world-class ski resorts, hike awe-inspiring mountains peaks, white water raft down freshwater rivers, dive headfirst into natural hot springs, climb glinting glaciers, snake through untouched pine forests, run your toes between pink-sanded beaches and spot humpback whales breaching the surface of icey seas. 

Journey through to Canada, and experience nature’s revitalising power first-hand. 

Allow our Expert Travel team to handpick and curate your dream escape! If you want to find out more, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel

Not only is Canada’s landscape big and diverse, so is its climate. 

As such, the best time to visit Canada is completely dependent on where you are going within the country and what activities you are doing.

For example, if you want to hike through the iconic Rocky mountains, the best time to visit is June, July and August, as these months promise less snow, fewer road closures, more hiking trails, open campsites and more wildlife. However, if you want to ski/snowboard in Whistler or Banff, we advise travelling between December – April.

Clearly, we haven’t ticked off all options here, therefore, if you are still not sure when the best time to visit Canada, please do not hesitate to drop us a message.

A country full of culture, astounding archaeological sites, extreme island beauty, deserted beaches and bucolic villages, it is safe to say that Greece has it all.

Bustling with adventure, Greece is brilliant for walking and trekking. You can hike up volcanoes, rock climb along the coastlines and head up towards villages hidden in the mountains for a taste of the real local life.  What’s more, Greece’s picturesque islands boast some of the best parties in the Mediterranean and its fresh local cuisine and cloudy ouzo will leave you saying ‘opa!’and craving for more.

With hundreds of tiny beaches, horseshoe harbours and pocket-sized fishing villages, Greece may be one of the best countries in the world for sailing. Dive into the stunning clear waters, snorkel through caves, relax on deck with delicious fresh food and carve out memories that will last a lifetime. 

Our Personal Travel Experts know Greece really well. If you want to find out more about any of the islands or a trip to the mainland, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel

Just like most of Europe, the weather in Greece fluctuates depending on the seasons. Although Greece tends to be very mild and somewhat tropical, winter months are much, much cooler and many coastal areas and water transport will be closed for the offseason. 

Bring on Spring! Spring is the perfect time to visit Greece – from May onwards the weather is extremely warm and rainy days are few and far between. This is a great time to visit the beaches and sail around the islands, with many of the trips running through to the end of September. 

From October the crowds get smaller and prices become much more reasonable. In October, you can get some great deals, however, be aware that the weather may not always live up to expectations.

It is easy to see why Tanzania is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. Home to the ‘Big 5’, antelopes, zebras, crocodiles and wildebeest, Tanzania rains one of the best wildlife safari destinations in the world. What’s more, Tanzania also boasts the biggest free-standing mountain in African; Mount Kilimanjaro.  

Whether you are embarking on a life-changing hike to the snow-capped summit of Kilimanjaro, experiencing the spine-tingling wildebeest migration that roars through the Serengeti Plains, staring into the clearest star-strewn skies that soar high above the untouched wilderness of the Ngorongoro Crater, or relaxing on the pearl white beaches in Zanzibar while  fully immersing yourself in the local culture; Tanzania offers endless opportunities for adventure.  

Travel to Tanzania and fall in love with one of the most spectacular countries in the world!

Our Personal Travel Experts know Tanzania really well. If you want to find out more about Kilimanjaro and safari tours,, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel​

Tanzania’s peak season is from  June to September. These months are the best time to see wildlife, however, please note that it gets very busy with tourists and prices are higher. The low season is between  March to May.  This is mainly due to the fact that there is a lot of heavy rainfall.

If you are planning to climb Kilimanjaro, June is a best time, with decent weather and fewer crowds than the summer months.

Captivating wildlife, ancient temples, majestic mountainscapes and diverse treasures, Sri Lanka is somewhat of an untouched gem that revels in authenticity and beauty. 

The stunning tropical island of Sri Lanka, has long been an undiscovered paradise; sitting in the shadows of other SouthEast Asian countries that have dominated tourism over the last century. With landscapes ranging from pearl white beaches, lush rainforests and hilltop towns, to sacred cities, tea plantations and legendary temples: Sri Lanka is finally getting the love it deserves. 

Boasting charm, culture and diversity, this small country houses eight Unesco World Heritage Sites. Therefore, if culture is what you’re after, you will have the privilege of exploring the ancient kingdoms that only ruled over the lands and discovering glorious temples, including the magisterial Golden Temples of Dambulla. However, if adventure is more up your street, you’ll have the freedom to get lost in the incredible rainforests that shadows its core, climb your way to the top of Knuckles mountain or the mysterious hilltop gardens of Sigiriya and race across the national parks that protect elephants, leopards, rhinos, sloth bears and more. 

With Sri Lanka being famous for its vast variety of tea, it would be rude not to end your visit with a stroll through the picturesque tea-hills that are shrouded in mists of cloud forests and energy, before jumping onto the instagram famous Ella train ride that will solidify your love for this little country forever.

Our Personal Travel Experts know Sri Lanka  really well. If you want to find out more about this stunning country,  get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel​​

The weather in Sri Lanka is somewhat hard to predict. This is mainly due to the country being affected by two different monsoons. The west coast of the country is the wettest in April to June (generally speaking), and the east coast is its wettest from November to March. 

Therefore, (historically), it’s best to visit the west coast in December to March and the east coast May to September. 

The temperature, however, is around the same all year round and can easily go up to mid-high 30s in the afternoon, so make sure to pack your suncream.

Peru – it’s beautiful and diverse nature makes it the perfect destination for any adventure goer. Mysterious landscapes, wild Amazon jungles and soaring Andes mountains – Peru harbours bucket-list adventures and experiences beyond your imagination. 

Understandably, most travellers come to visit the country’s most famous sites; the extraordinary ruins of Machu Picchu (UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World) and the Rainbow Mountains. These breathtaking sites have appeared in almost every adventure brochure and travel book every published and it’s easy to see why.

However, sitting in the shadows of those fascinating attractions, is the real, authentic Peru. Once you have a ticked off the bucket-list moments on Machu Picchu and the Rainbow Mountains, it is time to to fall in love with the country’s traditions. Wind your way through lost jungle-clad civilizations that once gave life to the Amazon, explore their rare and diverse wildlife, soak in the history of Lima and Cusco or immerse yourselves in the idigenous culture and traditional ways on Lake Titicaca. 

Whether you’re looking for a true mountain adventure, a cultured escape with a sprinkle of hiking, or an educated history lesson diving into the country’s ancient traditions and idiginous ways, Peru will undoubtedly deliver with open arms. 

Our Personal Travel Experts know Peru really well. If you want to find out more about the world famous hiking trail or ancient cities, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel

Peru’s climate is extremely varied and is dependent on where you go in the country, therefore, it’s difficult to say when the best time to travel is. If you’re going to the desert coast, expect it to be very hot in December to March and cooler from April to November.

If you are itching to explore their mountains and the jungles (including Machu Picchu), the best time to visit is just after the wet season = May – September..

Please note that the trails to Machu Picchu are closed in February when it rains the most, while the trail is at its busiest from June to August.  If you do wish to visit during these months, please take into consideration that Inca Trail permits sell out extremely quickly.

Nestled quietly between the tranquil Tibet to the North and it’s louder, more eccentric cousin, India, to the South, Nepal sits at the foothills of the Himalayan Kingdom.

Home to some of the world’s most friendly locals, rare wildlife, and the great Mount Everest, (the world’s highest mountain), Nepal truly is an adventure paradise. 

Although Nepal boasts some of the best trekking routes in the world, including trails to Everest, Annapurna and beyond, Nepal is so much more. The capital city Kathmandu, claims to be one of Asia’s most fascinating cities, and for decades, it has served as a hub for a multicoloured mix of trekkers, backpackers and hippies from around the world. It’s famous Durbar Square (UNESCO heritage site) acts as a theatre of Hindu and Buddhist traditions that play out in harmony 365 days of the year. 

 What’s more, Nepal houses the stunning Chitwan national park, which is known for its subtropical jungles that protect tigers, crocodiles, rhino, elephants, leopards and more!  

Come to Nepal and explore the untamed dirt tracks that take you through tiny medieval mountain towns and villages that are showered in prayer flags, temples, buddist monasteries and dreams!

Our Personal Travel Experts know Nepal really well. If you want to find out more about its trekking routes and ancient traditions, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel

Nepal is pretty mild year-round. However, it is important to know that the monsoon season begins in June and ends in August, so if you are planning on trekking, please take this into consideration. Autumn (September – November) is a great time to travel – during these months you get incredible views and the clear skies and mild temperate make it perfect for climbing. Although often overlooked, February is also a great time to hike, as trekking routes are extremely quiet and the skies are bright. 

Spring (March- May) is the peak time to go to Nepal as the vegetation is in full bloom and the weather is great. Of course, it is also when most people go, so book at least 6 months in advance if this is when you wish to go. Trekking season runs up until late May.

Located directly in the heart of Europe and landlocked by eight different countries, this unexpecting and somewhat overlooked little gem is slowly growing in popularity. Thanks to its elegant piazzas, jaw-dropping castles, natural hot springs, and dramatic mountain peaks, Slovakia has become an amazing up-and-coming bucket list destination that you do not want to miss.

If you are a lover for the outdoors, Slovakia will undoubtedly capture your heart. Housing the incredible Tatras mountain range that boasts unearthly beauty, stunning glacier lakes, and unexpecting wildlife (including chamois, marmot, lynx and bears), Slovakia has become one of our favourite hiking and cycling destinations in Europe. Other must-sees in Slovakia are the mountain hikes and waterfall trails of Slovka Paradise and the abundant greenery of Malá Fatra (which is essentially large karst made up of  crystalline rocks).

With Nine national parks, the charming Bratislava capital and Austro-Hungarian inspired villages and architecture; Slovakia is a country that just keeps on giving and will unquestionably leave you itching for more. 

Our Personal Travel Experts know Slovakia really well. If you want to find out more about their great cities or highlands walks, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel

Although Slovakia is beautiful all year round, the most popular time to visit is in the late spring and summer (May-October).

As you’d expect, July and August are the busiest times to visit this stunning country (simply because the weather is at its best). 

However,  if you are looking for empty mountain trails and perfect cycling conditions, April-May and September-October are right for you. During these months, you will also have a better chance of seeing some incredible wildlife (including lynk and bears).

GoKo does not sell hiking or cycling tours during the winter months, simply because the weather is extremely cold and very snowy (even up until late April); making trail hikes very dangerous even for the experienced climber. Nonetheless, if you do have a high level of experience and have already completed a number of challenging mountain hikes, please contact us directly and we will discuss the possibility of a private itinerary. 

Please note, however, that the Tatra Mountains are essentially closed off from November to March because of the snow.

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