After nearly two years in a Pandemic, which initially brought travel to a screeching halt, Houstonians are packing their bags and starting to travel again. While the way we travel now is a bit different and more cautious, many are planning to finally escape for spring and summer break again.
While some may be booked and ready for a dream vacation this year, others might still be adding to their destination bucket list.
Houstonia staff is sharing some travel plans and dreams for 2022. The all-around theme is sunshine, creativity and relaxation, with visits to beaches, art installations, and bustling cities.
It’s safe to say we are ready to trade in Houston’s wintertime chilly temps for warmer weather, style and shopping, and of course, a little bit of rest.
Whether somewhere in the U.S. or traveling out of the country, journey with us through Houstonia’s 2022 travel bucket list:
Santa Barbara, California
“It’s been two years since my last beach trip, not including Galveston. I am absolutely ready for a trip to Santa Barbara, California. Here, you can visit the beach, tour wineries, dine at unique restaurants, and shop. Santa Barbara is a dream for a long weekend getaway, and I plan on doing exactly that this year.” Stephanie Bartels – Digital Editor
Los Angeles, California
"I know this is not out of the country, but Los Angeles was on my lineup for the beginning of the year. I love the creative community in the city, and I have tons of friends who have moved there over the years" Nandi Howard – Editor In Chief
Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
“I want to practice my Spanish, so it’s Costa Rica for me. The rain forests, the wildlife, and cervezas on the beach– what more could you ask for? Specifically, I want to explore the Arenal Volcano National Park in La Fortuna. From soaking in hot springs full of therapeutic mineral water, to star gazing at Arenal Lake, there’s no place quite like it!” Geneva Diaz – Editorial Assistant
Santa Fe, New Mexico
“I choose Santa Fe, New Mexico. I've heard it's the perfect destination for a solo trip and I've been waiting on the weather to get warmer so I can see for myself. I'm looking forward to visiting the spas, the local shops, and visiting the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Amarie Gipson – Arts & Culture Editor”
"A destination on my bucket list is Marfa, Texas. As a style writer, who’s obsessed with anything fashion related, it’s a must I visit the Marfa Prada installation. Designed by artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, the exhibit is in the Wild, West along Route 90 and has sat there since 2005.” Danielle Wright – Style Writer
Palm Springs, California
“We are planning a babymoon to Palm Springs early March. After much research and consideration, we chose this destination because it offers a mild climate (Feb/March trips aren't exactly peak travel season!), it's easy to get to with a few airport options, and I don't feel as limited there [being pregnant] with all the things there are to do and see. Joshua Tree National Park is less than an hour away, so we'll have the opportunity to mix in some adventure along with shopping, eating and relaxation, all surrounded by beautiful scenery!” Marianna Corcoran - VP, Marketing & Sales Enablement
Turks and Caicos
“My dream vacation right now is to Turks and Caicos. There's nothing like feeling the warmth of a tropical destination. I can just see myself with a coconut in my hand, relaxing the day away.” Shelby Stewart – Senior Staff Writer