As you can probably imagine J5Travel's Inbox is constantly bombarded with supplier email marketing hailing the next best thing, whether it be a cruise ship, hotel, airline seat, foodie experience, hot destination etc. It really is a long and tough job in weeding out the true standouts whilst not discarding anything that could be relevant to clients now or in the future.
Just occasionally though the job is easy, because the content really is that spectacular. This weeks blog feature 5 such extraordinary offerings and ideas, all worthy of any adventurer's bucket list!
Top 5 - Extraordinary Trips for 2022
1. Bhutan (above)
This is incredible news - the Trans Bhutan Trail is reopening for the first time in 60 years!
In March 2022, following two years of extensive restoration, the Kingdom of Bhutan will reopen this historic, sacred trail whose origins go back thousands of years to when it was part of the ancient Silk Road.
It gets better though: our favorite premium adventure tour supplier G Adventures has two brand new Active tours of the Trans Bhutan Trail that are already available to be booked. These 11 and 12-day adventures will have you trekking the trail’s diverse, jaw-dropping scenery, exploring its timeless villages, discovering its famous Dzongs (below), and all while supporting community tourism every step of the way. The world has waited 60 years for an adventure like this.
Is Bhutan open? Not only is it open but it is at CDC Level 1, indicating it is as safe as it gets and there have been barely any Covid cases here the entire last 2 years.
2. Nepal (above)
For avid and intrepid travelers there has been limited opportunity for exploration in the past 24 months. But, high in the Himalayas, Nepal has been open to vaccinated travelers without quarantine since October last year. With its peerless vistas, compelling culture, UNESCO architecture, fresh air and trekking, there are few destinations as good for the body and soul.
Nepal is a topographically diverse nation with subtropical national parks and desert scenery complementing its breathtaking peaks. Combining these disparate habitats makes for a varied and exciting single-destination trip. Reports are that travelers in recent months here all say that Covid-related regulations have been very smooth and easy.
To sum up a recent Virtuoso Life article...Austria is everything we love about Europe all in one place. Opulent palaces, cinematic mountain villages, stunning scenery – the small country of Austria delivers outsize rewards for travelers and it’s a destination where you can start the day in the Alps and end it waltzing in a Viennese palace, if you play your cards (and your train tickets) right.
If rich imperial history, storybook alpine landscapes, and a diverse culinary scene sounds like your kind of European vacation, we’ve got you covered from Vienna to Salzburg (above) to Arlberg (below) and beyond.
4. Greenland (above)
I absolutely loved my trip to Iceland in December, but I've been reading that Greenland, the second largest island in the world after Australia, is a whole different level where you truly feel like an adventurer because of the lack of infrastructure and people. Between June and September though, we have more than a couple of specialist suppliers who have created extraordinary Greenland itineraries. Ittoqqortoormiit (below) is one of the most remote settlements on earth but is also about as urban as Greenland gets!
Why not embark on a true polar adventure. Explore deep into the fjords and glacial scenery of Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest protected national park, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife, with stops in storied local communities along the way. You’ll also learn about the indigenous history and culture from those who call this region their home.
5. Norway (above)
Another amazing destination that is just not considered nearly enough by US travelers. I seriously ask you to think about Norway for this summer over the domestic US National Parks, as much as I love them. This summer is already guaranteed to be a sell out all the way through Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and much of California, and there will be traffic jams and serious overcrowding at the most popular Parks.
Instead, how about a luxury 15-day self drive trip perfectly curated through Lofoten (above), Harstad, Svolvær, Anker Brygge, Manshausen, Narvik and Svalbard (below)?
This would be a high Arctic adventure of your own, with a self-drive itinerary featuring a wealth of pristine wilderness, wildlife, geologic formations and an abundance of activities to choose from, all the while with virtually no other human present.
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