After nearly two long years of restrictions due to Covid-19 concerns, life may be returning to normalcy in 2022. For many, the lock-downs, virtual offices, zoom meetings and school, are weighing down our spirits. Our minds and hearts are yearning for a vacation. It will soon be time to seriously consider if we are anxious to venture out and enjoy the world once again. Are you ready for an adventure?
National Geographic recently put out its list for the “Best of the World 2022” list. Here are a couple of options to consider. A new cycling route, begun in 2015, has recently been completed in France, and takes the traveler on a scenic tour of over 130 towns along the Seine River. This route starts in Paris and passes by the home of Claude Monet with its gardens at Giverny, the former home of Napoleon Bonaparte, and the Museum of Impressionism. You can rent bicycles and pedal your way through many historic sites, beautiful landscapes, amazing architecture, and picturesque villages. La Seine a Velo has its own website with a trip-planning tool to assist you in customizing your experience. After entering your starting place and destination, it will map out a recommended route. It offers information such as total distance and traveling time, as well as showing you elevations along the route and a turn by turn map. Sounds like a wonderful way to get out and explore, doesn’t it?
If you are more inclined to stay Stateside, you may consider Northern Minnesota, as your destination. This remote area on the US border with Ontario, Canada, is certainly off the beaten path, and offers a wilderness experience like few others. If you are traveling between September and February, you may get to observe the Northern Lights, a spectacular display of Nature’s beauty, without having to travel to the Arctic Circle. In the more populated cities of the region, you may enjoy such activities as an axe throwing experience in Minneapolis, or a scavenger hunt adventure in St. Paul. Tourist attractions include a top ski area in the Lutsen Mountains, Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, Gooseberry Falls State Park, or the North Shore Scenic Railroad, also located in Duluth. Silver Bay area includes Black Beach, a family friendly lakeside area, for a restful retreat with hiking trails and other activities.
Wherever your travels take you, be sure you do your research on the area and activities you are interested in. Contact an experienced travel agent for expert advice. Don’t forget to investigate what requirements are in force for the area you wish to visit and be careful to observe all Covid-19 protocols and recommendations. Happy travels!