16 Family Travel Trends to Watch for in 2022

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With travel finally starting to be a real possibility, families are eager to get out there and make up for lost time. We expect to see lots of families taking those big trips that were postponed over the last two years with both domestic and international destinations on the agenda for 2022. Road trips aren’t going away either as families pretty much have these down by now. Scroll through for all the family travel trends we expect to see in 2022!

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The GOAT Mindset

According to Expedia, 2022 will be the Year of the GOAT (Greatest of All Trips) with families planning to go all out on their next vacation. Craving a glimpse of the world beyond our backyards, travelers are eyeing far-off destinations in addition to the usuals like Mexico and the Caribbean. We recommend that you book a stay at a brand new resort and make the most of your time off. 

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Expedition Cruises Will Satisfy Those Who Want to Hit the High Seas

Cruising took a big hit due to COVID and many of us are not ready to head back to the huge cruise ships quite yet. Travelers are looking to expedition cruises for similar adventures on a much smaller scale. Companies like Adventure Canada are booking 2022 expeditions with small ships, small crews and only a few hundred passengers. Bonus: Families will find that expedition cruising offers a level of personalization that you can't get on other cruises. 

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Pet Travel Is a No-Brainer

With everyone and your neighbor getting a pandemic puppy, you'll likely see more spots catering to families who want to bring Fido along for the vacation. From dog-friendly hotels and resorts that offer puppy pampering to vacation rentals that offer all the dog toys and treats, there's no reason your four-legged family member has to miss out on all the fun. 

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Travel as a Form of Self-Care

With so much time to ourselves these past few years, we've come to know what we want and what we need to do to get it. Self-care has infiltrated the travel space with many hotels offering special pampering packages for moms (because really, moms need it the most). We expect to see lots more of that for 2022. 

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Road Trips (Still) Reign Supreme

2021 really brought back our love of the road trip. If you are itching to find a new destination for 2022, check out this list of our favorite road trips in the U.S. and find unique Airbnb rentals you can reserve along the way. Before you head out, peruse this list of road trip hacks to get your crew prepared for the long journey and download some of our favorite podcasts for kids so you don't have to fight over the radio station. 

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Head to the Trees

Whether it's the need to get as far away from civilization as possible or a Swiss Family Robinson obsession, families are taking to the trees and booking a night or two in a treehouse. There are loads of treehouses you can rent across the country with a ton of options, especially in California

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More Travel with the Grandparents

We expect to see a surge in multi-generational travel in 2022 with families looking to get out and travel with grandparents. Whether you send the kids off on their "gramping" adventure without you or are looking for somewhere that three generations can enjoy, there are plenty of options out there. 

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Guided, Small-Group Trips

We want to go big with our travel plans but the actual planning of the trip is most definitely not part of the fun. Leave the planning and execution of your trip up to experts like Exodus Travels. You can book a private trip for your family, or join in a small group with other families that have similarly-aged kids to make it even more fun. Whether you go self-guided or have an expert there to show you the way, this type of travel is definitely the way to go for families. 

Another great option for a customized travel experience is Costa Rica Escapes, a company that specializes in creating family adventures based on the needs of your family. Definitely something you'll want to explore in 2022. 

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Off-the-Grid Adventures

With all of us feeling a little burnt out from all this screen time, many families will look specifically for off-the-grid adventures for their 2022 trips. Think about a kayak trip in Yellowstone or a ranch vacation complete with a hot spring pool in Idaho. There are tons of awesome options out there with no WiFi in range. 

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International Destinations Beckon

Many families are looking to 2022 as the year when they do that big international family trip. With countries eager to welcome back visitors, we expect to see a lot of travel deals to get everyone flying again. Maybe 2022 will be the year that you take the family to Istanbul, bike ride through Croatia or shack up at a real Irish castle.

Take some of the pressure off yourself and book a tour with a group like 10Adventures. They do all the planning for you and you can just show up and enjoy the destination! 

Kate Loweth

Ride Off into the Sunset in an RV

While most of us never considered RV travel as a fun option for a family, it has exponentially increased in popularity this year and we expect this trend to continue into 2022. If you are a total RV newbie, we suggest leaving the planning to the experts when you book your first RV trip. Think you can handle it on your own? Rent an RV, grab yourself a WiFi hotspot and head out on the road to give road schooling a try. You can even try out the rad stylings of a camper van

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Cozy Cabins to Get Away from It All

There's something so restorative about a weekend in the woods. Cabin rentals have become super popular over the past two years and we don't expect that to change for 2022. They offer families time together, many times without WiFi, and you can even bring your dog along with you. 

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Avoid Overtourism with Second-City Travel

Living through a pandemic means we're all a little wary of traveling to crowded destinations. How about you swap touristy destinations like Venice and the Caribbean with lesser-known destinations that have the same feel but fewer tourists? This travel trend offers families a more low-key trip and the opportunity to get a more specialized experience while also lessening the impact of over-tourism on cities. Tour companies like True Colombia Travel provide the opportunity for families to experience cities rarely seen by tourists like Pasto, Colombia. Families are looking for immersive culture experiences and 2022 will bring it. 

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Take the Family Glamping

Glamping gives you the best of both worlds—the smell of a campfire in your hair and an actual bed to sleep on. You won't have to schlep all of your camping gear with you, everyone gets a better night's sleep, and you still get time out in the woods away from WiFi and civilization. Check out some of our favorite spots for glamping including loads of options in California.

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Make It a Micro-cation

If time and money are tight, consider a micro-cation for your next family trip. These four-day-or-less trips allow you to see someplace new and get a break from everyday life. It's a good way to get the kids used to travel without having to pack a ton of gear for everyone. Surprise the kids with a last-minute trip and see a new part of the country.

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Spend Some Time in a National Park

With over 400 national parks in the United States, chances are there are quite a few nearby that you have yet to explore. National parks trips are particularly fun for families as they give kids (and parents!) a little history lesson and a big dose of fresh air at the same time. Check out these national parks that are particularly kid-friendly from California all the way to Maine. 

—Kate Loweth

 

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