This is going to sound odd, especially if you’re based in NSW right now and just dreamed of being able to book a table at a restaurant.
Instead, it’s time to book a trip to Europe. And maybe even in other parts of the world. Or at least consider it.
Stay with me here. At some point things will get better for us in Australia. At some point, the vaccines will be properly deployed and life will begin to approach something like the new normal, the normal that we will all have to live with from now on. And this new normal will include travel.
It will not happen this year. It might not even happen early next year. However, you can be reasonably certain that we will be able to travel to a few major overseas destinations by the middle of 2022, during the northern hemisphere summer: probably Europe; probably the United States; probably parts of Asia.
By then, many of us will be desperate to take off – and we won’t be the only ones traveling. Already vaccinated Americans are heading to Europe for the summer of 2021, and many more will arrive in 2022. European travelers will be on the move, desperate to see the world like never before. Japanese travelers, Singaporean travelers, Korean travelers and many more will be on the road.
It’s all good. Its good. You don’t need to panic by booking hotel rooms now just because a bunch of other people are hoping to go too. What you need to do, however, is consider some of the events that will take place around the world in 2022, particularly in Europe where tickets to niche events tend to be limited, which are already filling up quickly.
If you don’t get some of them soon, even with a refundable deposit on a visit, you’ll be missing out.
Take two German events that are sure to be popular in 2022: Oktoberfest and Oberammergau Passion Play.
Next year’s edition of Oktoberfest, which kicks off in September, will be the first in three years, following the cancellation of 2020 and 2021. It’s going to be huge. And the tours there will sell out.
The Oberammergau Passion Play, on the other hand, is a performance that has taken place in Bavaria roughly every 10 years since 1634; only, it was postponed in 2020, and again in 2021. It is still very popular with travelers, but even more so now that it has not been staged for 12 years. Again, tours – probably the only way to get tickets – will sell out.
Another event that only takes place every 10 years, the Floriade, the famous Dutch flower festival, also takes place in 2022. Accommodation in Amsterdam – near Almere, where it takes place – will be scarce and venues visits will gradually become more expensive over time. .
But, as they say, there is more. Next year will be the first San Fermin festival, or bull run in Pamplona, Spain, for three years, after two COVID-related cancellations. Visits will be booked; the hotels will be full. It will also be the first La Tomatina, the tomato festival in Bunol, Spain, for three years.
If you want to take a tour of either of these in 2022, I would review it now – don’t worry about flights, but consider making a deposit with a tour operator that offers policies. generous refunds.
Major music festivals will also return to the Northern Hemisphere in 2022. As most of the tickets have yet to be released, there is no cause for concern just yet – although Coachella in the United States, which will be held in April of next year, was sold out within hours of the tickets being released. and there’s not even an announced line-up, so take that as a fair warning.
Once Glastonbury (June 2022, with Elton John headlining), Rock in Rio Lisbon (June), Exit Festival (July), Sonar Barcelona (June) and Tomorrowland (September) – many of which will take place for the first time. in three years in 2022 – going on sale, you better be prepared. The tickets will go off in a flash.
There are also other events around the world to plan for now. In the United States, Burning Man – canceled in 2021 – is expected to return in August / September 2022. In Qatar, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will begin in November. And if you want to be in Kyoto for Hanami, the annual cherry blossom festival that usually starts in April, it’s worth looking at refundable accommodation reservations right now – even in normal years, the whole city reserves.
This may all sound a bit far-fetched, but it’s true. And it is doable. I wouldn’t book a trip to South America for 2022 at this time, nor for anywhere in Africa. There is no rush, and no certainty. Even Asian countries such as India and China are risky to consider for a 2022 event.
However, Europe, the USA and parts of East Asia? There is a very, very good chance that we can visit these places by the middle of 2022, and there is also a very good chance that the most popular events in these destinations will already be sold out by the time we get there. .
So now is the time to dream, the time to plan, maybe even the time to book. And the time to have something to look forward to.
Are you already planning a vacation abroad for 2022? Would you consider booking events now, or is it still too risky at this point? Where do you think we can go next year?
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