Perhaps it won’t be wrong to say that travellers and extroverts have taken a big beating during the last two years of the pandemic. But with widespread vaccination and relaxation in travel restrictions worldwide, 2022 has allowed us to dream again. The world is within our reach, and it's time to pack those beautiful bags and lace up your travel shoes.
And don’t you worry - if you find yourself struggling to find a great place to go, we've got your back. LOLITA brings you a curated list of some of the most exotic travel destinations for this year. Each one is an escape into a kaleidoscope of culture. Whether now or in the future, be sure to visit these places in your lifetime.
Off the coast of north-western Africa lies the beautiful Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands. Tenerife is the largest island among the Canaries, making it the best spot for vacationers. Plan a summertime trip between June to September for the best weather.
What to wear? Pick the happiest colours from your wardrobe and pack plenty of beachwear. Wrap-around skirts, beach gowns or dresses, and oversized shirts, thrown over a bright coloured bikini will keep it stylish on the beach. When exploring the island, choose cropped t-shirts, sundresses and tank tops with cotton pants or jeans.
Must Haves: Sunscreen (SPF 50 and above), beach towels, sunglasses, swimwear and flip flops.
A list of exotic travel destinations is incomplete without the Maldives. White powdery sands on the beaches and the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean draw thousands of people to the Maldives each year. The resorts here promise unrivalled luxury and unique experiences. Plan a trip to the Maldives between November to April.
What to wear? When touring the local islands wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders. Chic maxi dresses, long skirts, and sleeved sundresses are great options. For snorkelling and swimming, go with a one-piece swimsuit that looks stunning but lets you enjoy water sports in comfort.
Must Haves: Sunhat, sturdy shoes, sunglasses, and an effective sunblock lotion.
A hidden gem in Europe, the rustic and tranquil city of Alentejo in Portugal may be the rejuvenating escape you've been looking for. Visit Alentejo between March to June to avoid the holidaying Portuguese crowds.
What to wear? Your best bet is to keep your style smart, casual, and understated. Choose some chic swimwear paired with a sarong for a dash of glamour by the poolside. For travel, go for summery tops and tees with jeans, paired with comfortable shoes. You can also pack a dress or two with a pair of heels for fine-dining or nightclubbing.
Must Haves: Plenty of sunscreen (SPF 20 and above), a sunhat, sunglasses, and a versatile travel jacket.
Located thirty kilometres off the coast of Kerela in Lakshadweep. The Bangaram Island is home to one of India's most luxurious beach-side resorts. Covered in palm trees and skirted with white sandy beaches, the Bangaram island is a sight to behold. The best time to go to Lakshadweep is September to May.
What to wear? The locals in Lakshadweep are conservative, but you will find a lot of tourists wearing swimwear and bathing suits at the beaches. When touring the local areas, it's best to stick to modest casuals like t-shirts, tops and jeans. If you plan to go snorkelling or other water sports, choose comfortable one-piece swimsuits.
Must Haves: Sunglasses, flip-flops, comfortable shoes, sunblock lotion
The city of Ishigaki is one of the most exotic destinations on the island nation. Walk around the calm mangroves, go snorkelling in the deep blue waters of the sea, or take some time off to relax on the white sandy beaches in Ishigaki. Ishigaki is the place to be in cherry blossom season.
What to wear? The Japanese are modern and accepting of all dress cultures. Kaftans, sarongs, bikinis, and short skirts are perfect for the summer in Ishigaki. Japanese women favour skirts and dresses and you can too. You'll spend lots of time by the ocean, so don't forget to pack trendy swimwear for beach time!
Must Haves: Sunscreen (at least SPF20) tissues, hand towel or a microfiber travel towel, a versatile travel jacket, swimwear, comfortable shoes, heels for night outs, sun hat or umbrella.
Do not hold yourself back! There’s hope in the air with travel restrictions easing out every day - you will be able to follow your vagabond hearts very soon. Explore the world to soothe your soul and make beautiful memories for a lifetime. Here's hoping for happy travels soon.
Keep it real, keep it chic!