Thailand becoming the #1 destination for travel in 2022 with loosening restrictions? Costa Rica swinging the doors open with no required testing? This article will update you on all the latest info for this summer’s top travel destinations. With highlights from Mexico, the Galapagos and South Africa, we’ll give you all the info you need to get back out in the world!
THAILAND: The Country to Visit in 2022
Exciting news for world travelers everywhere; the process to enter Thailand is about to get a lot easier! Starting July 1st, you no longer need to apply for permission to enter Thailand. You’ll still need to show proof of either full Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test result (within 72 hours of travel).
Incoming travelers, regardless of their country of origin, no longer have to take Covid-19 tests on arrival, so you’ll be able to step onto white sand beaches in no time.
In Southern Thailand, tropical islands dot calm turquoise waters with a thriving traditional culture and some of the best food on the planet. Northern Thailand will let you meander along the leafy streets dotted with ornate Buddhist temples, bustling local markets and saffron-clad monks giving their daily alms or journey into lush valleys. Truly a remarkable place to visit.
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COSTA RICA: A Fully Open Tropical Paradise
All restrictions to Costa Rica have been dropped, meaning you can travel to this incredible place seamlessly! This is a perfect time to visit the lush reinforces and swim in the warm ocean waters.
Renowned for its world-class abundance of wildlife and for being the “happiest country on earth”, Costa Rica is unrivaled in its natural beauty. The southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica is home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity and 50% of Costa Rica’s wildlife, making this one of the most biologically intense places on earth.
Costa Rica’s majestic Caribbean coastline is a tropical wilderness. More rugged and less touristy than the adjacent Pacific Coast, the jungle-lined beaches and interior host an exotic array of wildlife, from howler monkeys dangling in the trees to massive iguanas crossing the road.
The Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s tropical Pacific coast is one of the most breathtaking parts of the country. Home to sea turtles, ocelots, monkeys and many other animals, the region boasts an eclectic mix of wildlife alongside some of the country’s most stunning natural landscapes.
MEXICO: Unrivaled Beauty & Top Notch Cuisine
Mexico has so much to offer and to explore, with some of the most beautiful historical architecture in Latin America. A deep history and culture, with a gorgeous landscape and coastline; what more could you ask for? There are currently no restrictions to travel to Mexico.
At the heart of Mexican Zapotec culture is the Oaxaca region. Home to some of the most beautiful colonial plazas and majestic churches in Latin America, this spectacular place will take you to another world.
To spotlight another incredible place in Mexico, the tranquil waters around La Paz on the southern Baja peninsula are home to 39% of the world’s marine mammals. Add to that a climate that boasts sunny days year round and some of Mexico’s most progressive culinary trends and you have a destination that is unrivaled in natural beauty and culture.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: A Kaleidoscope of Wildlife
Arguably the greatest destination on the planet for nature travelers is the Galapagos archipelago. Home to myriad species found nowhere else on earth, it was here that Charles Darwin first observed how a species adapts differently to the unique environments on each island. Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands simply require proof of vaccination or a negative test upon arrival making travel seamless to the islands.
One of the most famous sites in the archipelago is Los Tuneles, a series of underwater tubes formed from hardened lava with pristine water that is home to a variety of tropical fish, sea turtles and rays. Isabela Island is home to the famed blue-footed boobie and if you’re lucky, you could catch a sight of the Galapagos penguin.
SOUTH AFRICA: Unforgettable Safari Adventures
South Africa is another key destination for 2022 & has recently dropped all of its COVID entry requirements. Travelers entering South Africa are no longer required to produce vaccination certificates or recent negative PCR tests. With cities that teem with life to the rich surrounding landscape, South Africa should be on the list of every world traveler. The safari parks here are truly amazing, with the possibility to spot all “Big 5” (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros).
The Greater Kruger National Park region is is one of the world’s greatest wildlife refuges. Comprised of more than 7,500 square miles of protected land and has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, it is home to more than 500 species of birds and contains more species of large mammals than any other African reserve.