As the year winds down, many of us are looking into where to travel in 2022. Not all group travel destinations are created equal. Old favorites are now past their prime while others are not quite ready to handle the crowds. Please always check current local and federal guidelines before booking or setting out on any adventures. Rules can change rapidly.
That being said, these are our favorite up-and-coming destinations for the year.
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Information in this article is current as of Sept 21, 2021.
Where to travel in 2022:
- Puerto Rico
- Asheville, North Carolina
- Tulum, Mexico
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Portland, Oregon
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Denver, Colorado
Where to travel in 2022: Top Destinations
Puerto Rico is a favorite destination for those looking for an easy weekend getaway outside of the continental U.S.
Great for all types of group travel, Puerto Rico is most loved for its Caribbean beaches and colorful colonial architecture. In addition, historical fortresses and stunning waterfall hikes mean there is something for everyone on this island.
Covid Guidelines: Because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory it is excluded from the CDC requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test to return to the United States. Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed.
Asheville is nestled between North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. And there isn’t a bad time to visit. When it’s sunny, there are endless hiking trails in the mountains for all experience levels. In Autumn, the fall foliage makes it an especially beautiful time to explore Asheville’s great outdoors.
Rain or shine, this city also excels in a different area: beer. Friends that share a mutual love for craft beer will easily occupy their time on a trip to Asheville, self-dubbed “Beer City USA”.
Where to travel in 2022 for picture-perfect beaches? Lured by the images of boho beach bars set on turquoise Caribbean waters, visitors are flocking to Tulum for honeymoons, romantic getaways, and bachelor/bachelorette parties. While you could quite happily spend your time sipping margaritas by the sea, there are also spectacularly intact Mayan ruins, magical cenotes, and nearby towns worth exploring.
Covid Guidelines: Mexico doesn’t require Covid testing or vaccination for visitors. Many hotels make it easy to get an Antigen test done before your flight back to the U.S.A.
Are you into block-long indie bookstores, artisan donuts, and all things just slightly off-kilter? Portland is your place. This Pacific Northwest metropolis embraces all things weird and it won’t take visitors long to get on board with the anything-goes mentality. You’ll never be too far from a brewery in Portland, which is a key aspect of an enjoyable Girl’s or Guy’s weekend away, whether you’re 21 or 81.
One of the quickest flights from the U.S. and easily accessible from the rest of Europe, Lisbon has quickly become a go-to getaway for families and friends.
The city is great for nightlife and dining, but it also has plenty of family-friendly activities, namely the nearby Blue Flag beaches like the ones in quaint Cascais, a quick train ride up the coast. Be sure to catch a Fado show while you’re in town and enjoy all the pastel de nata you can find.
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Covid Guidelines: Non-essential travel (tourist travel) from the United States to Portugal is currently permitted for travelers with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
Denver has all the things you want out of a group travel destination. Endless options for delicious dining experiences, outdoor activities, and cultural immersion into this Rocky Mountain town’s exciting history, are sure to please everyone in your party.
The city also has a vibrant nightlife scene with a range of places to imbibe. Clubs, billiard bars, and live music venues are among the array of celebratory options. Catch a show at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheater to really bond with your tribe over the music at a once-in-a-lifetime experience. When it comes to where to travel in 2022, Denver should be at the top of your list. Hike the Rockies during the summer or ski their slopes in the winter. There’s no bad time to visit.
If you’re heading to Denver for a Bachelor party or Bachelorette party check out our top tips!
Quickly taking the place of Austin, as a top Bachelor/Bachelorette destinations, there are so many reasons to love Charleston. Cool down with a Frosé at one of the many outdoor bars, try bull axe throwing, take a paddleboarding yoga class, or learn to surf at the beach.
The number of activities available for groups in this South Carolina city offer a great opportunity to really bond a bridal party that might not all know each other.
No matter where you decide to go travel in 2022, start planning using Troupe’s group travel planner app.
And if you’re looking for more Southern Hemisphere inspiration, check out the best countries to visit in South America.