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These are the best destinations in the world to visit in 2022

These are the best destinations in the world to visit in 2022

Global editors of the prestigious travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler, based in seven cities on three continents, shared a list of places they treasure

December 22, 2021

There are three major annual lists in the prestigious travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler, all of which have changed due to the events of the last two years: the “Readers’ Choice Awards ”, which the audience selects; the "Hot List", which compiles the latest and greatest from the previous year; and the “Gold List,” which is ultimately about the places and experiences that publishers carry in their hearts.

“When we say 'our editors,' we mean the entire global CNT team, working in locations from California to Beijing. We have also expanded the parameters of the list to include not only hotels and cruises, but also the destinations we treasure. The 'Gold List' is, more than ever, made by humans for other humans, something we need more than ever these days. Here, our favorite destinations in the world ”, say the specialists.

Puebla, México

“In Puebla, Mexico's historic fourth-largest city, all the places you want to go are within walking distance within its center, itself a neat expanse of bright pink and yellow villas and small squares. That includes food markets for a crispy cemita (an escalope-style sandwich with all the trimmings); the golden Chapel of the Rosary and the city's famous talavera, or ceramic houses ”, they explain. Before the pandemic, tourism was just beginning to happen here, and the city was at that sweet spot to support a new generation of travelers. Here, sitting in the squares means a front row seat to the everyday life of the villagers: spice sellers of sliced ??cucumber with cayenne pepper or veterans playing dominoes. For the global editors of the prestigious travel magazine, Puebla feels like "a special place somewhere about to be discovered in a country with pockets already turned over to the masses."

Rio de Janeiro Brazil

The city vibrates with live samba and bossa nova at all hours of the day; the bustling streets, punctuated by the spectacular rise of granite monoliths at one end and the waves of the Atlantic at the other, have a pulse of their own. It's easy to feel this when you're in the middle of a crowd of colorful-dressed Cariocas. “It is a complicated city, with many problems: insecurity, corruption, inequality, to name just a few, but there is a premium in joy and celebration that is not reserved for Carnival. There are few places in the world where you know that you couldn't be anywhere else, and every time I hear the entire Arpoador beach clapping as the sun goes down in summer, I remember that Rio is one of them ”, they warn from CNT.

Alentejo, Portugal

It is the largest region in Portugal and occupies a large part of the center and south of the country. There are three things that characterize the Alentejo: its hilly landscapes full of cork oaks and olive trees, its perfectly preserved white villages crowned by medieval castles and its varied and rich gastronomy, far beyond cod. "A surfer's paradise, it has electrifying sunsets, but the icy waters keep it from getting crowded," they say.

Svalbard, Norway

The Svalbard Archipelago - whose capital, Longyearbyen, is the northernmost city in the world - is like no other place you've ever been. On the one hand, it's a deep nature Scandinavian fantasy of snowmobiling, northern lights, backcountry skiing along glacial valleys, and surprisingly stylish boutiques with stacked wineries. But there is also an irresistible strangeness in this international agreement, where no one is born and no one dies. "As much as a destination, it is a journey into the heart of the climate crisis, with academics from around the world conducting game-changing research here," the experts note.

Goa, india

Goa is a state in western India with coasts that stretch along the Arabian Sea. A beach vacation in India may sound paradoxical, but Goa's sandy coastline is perfect for lounging by the sea. “The state stretches on both sides of its multicultural past and present, swapping the hippy markets of the 1960s for hipster boutiques while keeping its old world Indian and Portuguese traditions intact. Simple fish curry dishes, aunts doing an impromptu fado dance, veterans fighting for their favorite Goan soccer club, and the right freshness of bread coexist with cutting-edge global menus, alternative music concerts, and all that is artisanal and artistic. " they explain. And they highlight: "The ocean changes color from one season to another, the multi-colored sunsets never repeat themselves."

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay is “South Africa's summer playground”. The bohemian seaside town sits atop a sheltered bay, where a jumble of hipster cafes, seafood restaurants, and kitschy boutiques tumble over fynbos-covered cliffs, where a host of new hotels sit alongside great classics. “Youngsters like to celebrate the end of exams where hedonism spreads across the bay, while dolphin and whale sightings come during the languid, warm winter months. Venture outside of Plett to find the luxurious Tsala Treetop Lodge, a manicured Gary Player Golf Course, the indigenous Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, the Plett Polo Club on the Kurland Estate, and a host of cheetah-encounter animal sanctuaries , elephants and monkeys. But above all, come for the glorious golden beaches ", emphasize the specialists.

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

“When I can't take one more minute of winter, I head to Scottsdale,” emphasizes magazine editor Rebecca Misner. Scottsdale is a city located in Maricopa County in the US state of Arizona. It is a popular sanctuary for the rich and famous, and is home to more spa destinations per person than any other city in the US. One of the highest rated arts festivals and Frank Lloyd Wright's former winter destination give a glimpse of the city's cultural prowess.

Val Graziosa, Italy

“Val Graziosa - they continue - is a valley near the Pisan mountains and a relatively unknown and terribly beautiful part of Tuscany. Here is Mount Pisano, ‘che i Pisan veder Lucca non ponno,’ said the poet Dante, a small group of mountains that hides Lucca from Pisa and makes it impossible for the inhabitants of Pisa to see the city of Lucca. There are olive trees everywhere, which produce the best olive oil in the world in a splendid landscape ”.

Chiang mai, thailand

“When I first went to Chiang Mai, I intended to stay for a couple of nights and ended up staying more than a week; To me, that journey is a reminder of the journey at its most impulsive and impetuous: the freedom to move on when you feel like it. There is no pressure on the beach here, and the interior of Thailand always feels more interesting than the obvious hits of the beach. And, away from the beaches, there is the feeling of a modern Thai city where young creatives are carving out a contemporary aesthetic, with the energy that a large student population brings to a city ”, conclude the travel experts.



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