Amazing Experiences From Our Travel Year Review For 2022
When we looked back, we were delighted we had much to share on our travel year review for 2022. While we did a lot of Canadian road trip travel in 2021, we only left the country for a Caribbean cruise in December of 2021. Our 2022 travel year was very different.
Our first big international trip took us to Spain and Portugal in the Spring. And we finished the year with an amazing first visit to Hawaii in the Fall. Several times in 2022 we re-visited the west coast of Canada and explored the outdoors with family. And when we were at home, shorter road trips kept us exploring.
We saw great cities and smaller towns. And we marvelled at fascinating architecture and outdoor delights. On our travels we sought out great food and drink. And were pampered on our stays. Great sunrises started our adventures right and brilliant sunsets finished perfect days. It was awesome to be back travelling in 2022.
By The Numbers
Our travel in 2022 was again quite varied. We travelled about 55,340 km (34,175 miles) and went by car, airplane and cruise ship.
|TOTAL||55,340 km (34,175 miles)|
On our travels we used many different types of accommodations. We were away for 130 nights in 2022 with stays in hotels, Airbnbs and on cruise ships. Our hotel nights were high enough that we re-qualified for elite status with both Marriott Bonvoy and IHG Rewards.
It was clear when we looked at our travel year review for 2022 that our travel recovered from the pandemic travel slowdown. We were less reticent about booking new trips. But we did ensure we planned our travel with contingency in mind.
We did not travel in 2022 worry-free or with a view that the pandemic was over. We continued to be very careful and we never gave up our masks in any closed quarters. Luckily that meant we travelled for 130 days in 2022 and have not yet caught Covid.
Travel By Many Means
On our travels in 2022, we got around in many different ways – by car, tuk tuk, helicopter, ferry, small boat and cruise ship too!
Road trips offered such great sights along the way. When we were at home, we did great road trips to the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York and travelled along Lake Huron in Ontario. For family visits in British Columbia (BC), we rented a car and explored the Sunshine Coast. And when we visited Hawaii, we drove on some of the craziest roads in Maui!
A helicopter tour over the Big Island in Hawaii was our most exciting mode of travel. And the views were simply stunning.
Any visit to the Sunshine Coast in BC required a ferry ride with BC Ferries. Often when we did this trip we had smooth sailings and great views. When we explored Flowerpot Island outside of Tobermory in Ontario, we enjoyed a great boat ride. And this year we headed out again by cruise ship. Our cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon offered so many great stops.
It was fun to look back at our travel by many different means on our travel year review for 2022.
Stunning City Sights On Our Travel Year Review For 2022
Our travels in 2022 took us to some lovely cities. We started our Mediterranean cruise with a stay in Barcelona. We were amazed to tour the inside of the Sagrada Familia and we found some new treats as we wandered in Barcelona.
Our cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon took us to Cadiz. When we spent the day walking in Cadiz, we discovered so many great sights.
We finished our visit to Portugal, with a long stay in the Chiado neighbourhood of Lisbon. Situated high above the waterfront, this was a lovely new neighbourhood we discovered in of one of our favourite cities.
We loved new cities but we also loved returning to favourite spots. With family in BC, we often spent a week or more in Vancouver on any visit. We always found great things to do in the city. And were delighted we arrived in Vancouver back from our trip to Hawaii while the Fall colours were still in bloom.
We returned to several of our favourite cities and found wonderful new spots. A great memory on our travel year review for 2022.
Charming Small Towns
While we explored some great big cities, we also enjoyed time wandering in small towns on all of our trips this year. We started the year with the lovely small towns of Alicante and Motril on the coast in Spain.
When we visited Portugal in the Spring, we spent a few weeks exploring the small towns in the Algarve. And then headed north and discovered charming towns in the Alentejo region.
Our travel year review for 2022 showed us many of the charming small towns we discovered this year.
Great Sights On Road Trips
We loved all the great sights and stops we got when we travelled by car. And sometimes the drive itself was the adventure!
When we travelled around Maui in Hawaii, we drove some of the wildest roads. We headed up the coast on the Kahekili Highway, visited the Keone’O’Io lava fields, drove the Road to Hana and climbed high up to the Hakealala summit for sunset.
When we travelled we loved to head out by car and explore. Our travel year review for 2022 reminded us why!
Panoramic Views From Above
While we loved all the sights we found along the way on road trips, some of our most stunning views in 2022 came from above. When we returned to the Algarve region of Portugal, we were immediately entranced again with the stunning sea cliffs.
Then we when we headed north in Portugal to the Alentejo region, we discovered the amazing castles built high on the rocks. And when we visited the castles, we got amazing panoramic views of the countryside.
On our visit to Hawaii in the Fall, a helicopter ride over the Big Island was top of our things to do. And we were not disappointed with the stunning views of the Kohala and Hamakua Coasts. Even if we were hugely disappointed that bad weather meant we did not fly over the Mauna Loa volcano.
Views from above are always some of our favourites. And our travel year review for 2022 reminded us of many we saw this year.
Interesting Architecture On Our Travel Year Review For 2022
When we travelled, we often sought out amazing architecture. We were delighted on our return to Barcelona to tour the Sagrada Familia inside and out. Every visit brought more of the stunning detail in design to light.
On our Spring visit to Portugal we finally got to visit the charming town of Sintra and the great palaces in the area. The wide variety in the designs kept us enthralled for days.
Heading into the Alentejo region in Portugal, we loved the interesting architecture we found in the cities and in the old castles on the hills. On a day trip to Evora we marvelled at the details in the design of the Se Cathedral when we climbed to the top and wandered.
We always found interesting architecture on our travels. And our travel year review for 2022 highlighted some of the treats from this year.
Amazing Outdoor Delights
We chased amazing outdoor sights throughout 2022. On our visits to British Columbia, we explored the Lynn Valley Canyon and Rice Lake outside of Vancouver. And the waterfalls and outdoor sights along the Sunshine Coast.
We saw some great waterfalls on a road trip to the Finger Lakes and when we visited the Port Elgin area in Ontario. A boat trip to Flowerpot Island offered us views of the interesting rock structures.
Our visit to Hawaii started with awesome outdoor sights on a road trip around Oahu. On the Big Island we explored the cliffs and valleys along the Hamakua Coast. And on our stay in Maui we saw blow holes, waterfalls, lava fields and the stunning Hakealala crater.
On our travel year review for 2022, we made so many great memories of outdoor adventures.
Great Food And Drink
Great food and drink was always a great reason to travel. And we sure enjoyed this part of travel in 2022.
Early in the year we cruised from Barcelona to Lisbon with Oceania Cruises. And we enjoyed more of the great cuisine at sea. When we cruised to the Canary Islands, we took a wine tour on Lanzarote and discovered the volcanic wines.
Hotel stays offered us some great elite status benefits and many food treats at on-site restaurants. And when we went out and wandered in Spain, Portugal and Hawaii our taste buds were always excited by local flavours.
On our luxury stay at the Penha Longa Resort in Sintra in Portugal we enjoyed a fun afternoon learning more about gin. And on another afternoon we splurged on Afternoon Tea. When we visited the Alentejo region in Portugal we stayed at a wine hotel and enjoyed all the great wines produced on site.
On local road trips in Ontario, we found a new wine region when we headed to Port Elgin on Lake Huron. And when we went south to Upstate New York we were delighted with the food and drink we found in the Finger Lakes region.
Food and drink were certainly some of the things we recalled on our travel year review for 2022.
Pampered At Luxury Accommodations
We do enjoy to splurge on luxury accommodations on our travels. Our Marriott Ambassador Elite status got some amazing suite upgrades on our travels in Spain, Portugal and Hawaii. Our hotels came with free breakfast and we were often welcomed with a tasty amenity. The upgraded rooms provided lots of space to spread out. And often came with an amazing view.
When we visited the Sunshine Coast in BC, we wanted more room to spend time with family. There were lots of Airbnb options although often not at cheap rates. And availability was sometimes tough when we wanted for our son to bring his lovely dog Gypsy. In 2022 we had some good Airbnb spots close to the kids with the room we wanted. And many even had great views.
When we travelled by cruise ship with Oceania Cruises, we booked the Penthouse suite with a balcony and a little more room. We are not generally butler people but we enjoyed several lazy meals in the cabin.
On our travel year review for 2022, we were reminded why we always felt so pampered when we travelled.
Stunning Sunrises And Sunsets
There was no better way to start a day than with a sunrise. We booked our tour around Oahu with an early start and caught the early morning sun.
We were delighted when we finished our days with a sunset over the water whether at home in Ontario or on our travels When we ventured to remote spots we even got amazing night skies. Although we considered going to the summit at Haleakala in Maui for sunrise, we were amazed as the sunset turned to a colourful night star-filled sky.
And some nights we even got another treat. When we stayed in Waikiki Beach on Oahu, the sky was lit with colourful fireworks.
We recalled such amazing sky views on our travel year review for 2022.
Amazing Memories On Our Travel Year Review For 2022
At the end of each year, we looked back at our travel. Our travel year review for 2022 reminded us of some amazing memories of a year spent exploring new great places and re-visiting some favourites.
When we ended 2022, we had only one trip booked for 2023. And there were lots of options on the travel planning board. You know it will not be long before the calendar is filled with travel plans again!
Did we spark any new travel plans with our travel year review for 2022? We sure hope so!
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