NEW WORLD ORDER
Gourmet Traveller|February 2022
New world order With international trips on the horizon, we all need a refresher on how to have more rewarding holidays in 2022 and beyond, writes ANNA HART.
ANNA HART

Don’t worry, I’m not here to talk about travel restrictions. We’ve had quite enough of rules, and not enough travel, and 2022 is about roaming free, my friends. But I have been your travel columnist for two years, during a global pandemic and international travel ban, and I simply wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t stage some sort of gentle intervention at this crucial point. Because if a single Gourmet Traveller reader goes out into the world this year and has a holiday that is anything short of delightful, I shall be furious. So please, read on, because holidaying in 2022 is serious business.

Get an agent

I’ve always been an avowed independent traveller, researching hotels and experiences online, reading Tripadvisor reviews, even the bonkers ones, and scouring Skyscanner for cheap flights. I sneered at the idea of a holiday arranged by a tour operator, or booked through a travel agent. But this year, with travel proving a little bit more of an extreme sport, I’m grudgingly grateful for professional tour companies such as Abercrombie & Kent, who help travellers navigate the inevitable complexities of travel in 2022. I’m not giving up on independent travel, but if you’re in two minds whether to book a trip yourself or call in the experts, this is a mighty good year to opt for a tour operator.

And prioritise yourself

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