22 Places To Bookmark For 2022
Travel+Leisure India|January 2022
It is a year of new beginnings. While the famous Maya Bay in Thailand is set to welcome visitors after a break, New Orleans is planning on letting Mardi Gras parades unfurl in their full glory once again. Save this list of destinations to ensure there is never a dull moment in 2022.
Rashima Nagpal & Rajlakshmi Dastidar

Palau

AN ARCHIPELAGO OF over 500 little islands, including 200 that are volcanic, Palau is a gem in the Pacific Ocean. It is a true-blue diver’s paradise, offering unique dive sites such as the Blue Corner, German Channel, and Ulong Channel. Between February and April every year, hundreds of grey reef sharks swim to the waters of Palau for mating season. This is when the destination hosts Shark Week Palau. Its 20th annual edition is set to take place from February 27 to March 6, 2022; experienced divers can take part in citizen science activities such as keeping a tab on the number of shark species, from grey reef and blacktip to blue, tiger, and hammerhead. Or sign up for a snorkelling tour of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Rock Islands Southern Lagoon with the Oceanic Society in February or November. palau.travel

USA

NEW ORLEANS

French for ‘Fat Tuesday’, Mardi Gras is culturally synonymous with New Orleans, Louisiana—one of the first places in the United States to hold the parade. In the month leading up to Mardi Gras, residents and visitors paint the town red with parades and masquerade balls. Bars and clubs come alive with parties every night. New Orleans’ Creole-Cajun culture is celebrated through food, music, and architectural events. On Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, you’ll find the best of jazz bars as well as plush hotels to stay in. The charming Garden District nearby is brimming with boutique shops, top-notch restaurants, and grand dame mansions. Mardi Gras 2022 falls on March 1, with festivities beginning a month in advance. neworleans.com

South Australia | AUSTRALIA

South Australia, along with its coastal capital Adelaide, is known to have the best food scene in Australia. From rustic organic farms to top-of-the-line restaurants, not to mention a rich range of wines (think Barossa Valley), South Australia has it all. In autumn, Tasting Australia organises an annual food festival in the region. Set to host around 200 events over 10 days in 2022 (from April 29 to May 8), the festival lets you explore 11 regions of South Australia. The line-up of experiences includes a masterclass on international chardonnay tasting, meals highlighting local produce, a seafood adventure in Coffin Bay, a tasting menu at Yalumba’s 170-year-old winery in the Barossa, and much more. tastingaustralia.com.au

MEXICO

Mexico City

Travel + Leisure (US) declared Mexico as the Destination of the Year 2022. At the heart of the country is its buzzing capital, Mexico City. Made up of over 75 vibrant neighbourhoods, it is one of the oldest and largest cities in the Americas. Find the ruins of Tenochtitlán, the ancient capital of the Aztec empire, just outside of central Mexico City. In the south, the floating gardens of Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a unique experience. The city is also home to over 150 museums and galleries, including the Soumaya Museum and Dolores Olmedo Museum. Plan your 2022 visit in November for El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a festival that has been around for nearly 3,000 years. It is celebrated across Mexico, with street parades, fancy dress displays, and copious amounts of food and drink. visitmexico.com

Al Khor | QATAR

A coastal city in northern Qatar, Al Khor (meaning ‘the creek’ in Arabic), is a rising cultural attraction for discerning travellers. The original settlement of Al Khor was built on a creek, thus the name. The Al Bayt Stadium will be one of the main venues for matches of FIFA World Cup 2022—the first-ever football world cup to be held in an Arab country—in December. Get a chance to explore the region’s history at Al Khor Museum. Experience the exotic beach life on Purple Island and Al Farkiah Beach. Home to beautiful parks like Al Tawasul Traditional Park and Al Khor Park, the city is a walker’s delight. The Al Shu’aa Reserve, located around one kilometre south of Al Qarma Beach Garden, is also worth a visit for a sight of its ducks, tortoises, geese, ostriches, goats, rabbits as well as a few Arabian oryx. visitqatar.qa

USA

ANDERSONVILLE

Chicago’s old Swedish quarter is also recognised as the city’s most diverse and quirky neighbourhood. The locale takes pride in its strong LGBTQ+ presence. During Pride Month, it is decked up with pop-up bars, charming boutiques, and cafes. A range of new bars and restaurants have cropped up in the region; must-visits include Nobody’s Darling, a black-owned queer cocktail bar; and Parson’s Chicken & Fish, famous for its fried chicken, Negroni slushies, and outdoor patios. Events such as Taste of Andersonville allow you to sample some of the best restaurants that Andersonville has to offer, while initiatives such as Clark Street Composts serve as a model for eco-friendly composting throughout Chicago. andersonville.org

LITHUANIA

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