What’s On Your ‘Must Do In 2022’ List?

23rd December 2021

2021 possibly won’t rate as one of the greatest years of all time for those of us who love travel and indeed those travel companies who have continued to fight through the uncertainty and constantly changing regulations.

However, we are stoked that we managed to pull off several trips this year and we are eternally grateful to you, our awesome clients for continuing to book with us. Thanks to each and every one of you. We love you all.

Where did we run trips in 2021?

We were delighted to be able to offer adventures in California, Peru, several trips on the Zambezi and sailing the Greek Isles. We made friends, we laughed a lot, we ate amazing food, we slept in 5 star hotels and on warm sandy beaches looking at the million stars above us. These guests, like the many thousands we have taken before over the last 25 years, realised the trips are all about the amazing places we go and the great people they get to share them with, guests and guides alike.

So, in an ever-changing world, it has never been more important to fill your life with experiences and memories rather than ‘stuff’.  This pandemic has made us relook at our lives and reconsider what really matters, like the people you spend your time with and not putting things off for a few years down the track. Life is short and you never know what is around the corner, which is why it’s so important to do as many amazing adventures as you can, as often as you can.

We know travel right now might seem complicated and the covid testing inconvenient. However in our – and our guests’ – experience, once you’ve ticked the regulatory boxes and are in your destination, you can fully relax, and have a digital detox (yes, no metaverse on the banks of the Zambezi and no daily Covid updates either). You simply get to escape from it all and receive some much-needed therapy from Mother Nature. It’s good for the soul.

With a new year around the corner, what will you do to nurture your soul? What places will you see? What experiences will you commit to having? Who haven’t you caught up with in ages and would love to reconnect and do that crazy thing together with?

A traditional mooring on our ‘Med’ trips to Greece and Croatia

Here are some suggestions to add to your ‘must do in 2022’ list:

  1. The Zambezi: This is simply a trip that has to be on the top of your bucket list. A trip on the Zambezi offers big warm water rapids that put the Colorado and Grand Canyon in their place. The season runs August – November
  2. Rafting The Cotahuasi in the world’s deepest canyon with a cool add on to this little place you may know as Machu Picchu. If you have rafted the Zambezi and are looking for your next big challenge, strap on your helmet and lets go! Late May – early June is the best time to do this trip.
  3. The Karnali in Nepal. We offer some pretty amazing river trips including the Sun Kosi and the Tamur, but guests love the Karnali for its big warm water and expansive beaches. Dovetail that with our extension to Bardia and you may even see an elusive Bengal Tiger. Two seasons offer excellent water levels in Late April and Early October.
  4. Get some ‘Vitamin Sea’ in your life in Croatia. Cruising the Adriatic and pulling into a new port each night with its quaint restaurants and wonderful people make this a popular adventure. Add to that a trip to Montenegro to raft the stunning Tara River, make this a sought after experience.
  5. The Magical Magpie: Especially for you North Americans, come and join us on one of the world’s premier adventures on the stunning and remote Magpie River in Quebec. A stunning helicopter flight into the river, spectacular waterfalls and the chance to hone your skills on a Stand Up Paddle Board or inflatable kayak on the slower sections. Join us mid-August for this beauty!

Passion to travel has never been stronger after the past couple of years. You deserve this.

Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan. Let’s make it happen. Call us with your wish list and we can advise on how to make it a reality.

by Hamish McMaster

Hamish McMaster is the Water By Nature owner. He has spent the past 25 years exploring and playing on the world's great rivers. He still loves nothing more than getting out there and sharing adventures.

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