The Friendly Planet Newsletter

Published Dec 28, 2021
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As 2021 comes to an end, we can’t help but think ahead to a fresh, new year full of wonderful journeys that will soon turn into life-long memories. At Friendly Planet, our most important resolution is to inspire you, our travelers, to explore the world. With that in mind, here is our list of resolutions for 2022 that are perfect for travelers, ourselves included!
Be more active
Lace up your boots and embark on an adventure to America's best national parks. The American Southwest has lured the adventurous traveler for years with its beautifully rugged landscapes, from the awe-inspiring views of the Grand Canyon and exploring Monument Valley and Navajo Nation via 4x4 open-air truck to Bryce Canyon's mysterious hoodoos and the corkscrew loops of Antelope Canyon.

Spend more time in nature
This year, commit to spending more time immersing yourself in nature, and there's no better way to do that than experiencing the thrill of a safari! Kenya is blessed with an abundance of wildlife roaming the safari plains and lavishly gorgeous, incredibly photogenic landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. After nine incredible game drives across Masai Mara and Samburu Reserves, have a hand in helping in reforestation by seed bombing, a technique of introducing vegetation to land by throwing or dropping seed balls.

Embrace long weekends
Long weekends are perfect for enjoying a break from the everyday grind without having to be away from home for too long, and Cuba, a quick flight from Florida, is a perfect long-weekend destination. Escorted by a friendly, knowledgeable guide, you'll explore the vibrant streets of Old Havana, meet innovative Cuban artists in their private studios, learn to prepare (and enjoy) traditional Cuban food in an included cooking class, visit inspiring community projects, and so much more, all while interacting with Cuban locals where they live, work, and play.

Learn about history on location
If your goal is to step back in time and dive deep into the history of a destination, then look no further than Greece. Home to one of the world's greatest civilizations and with an abundance of ancient ruins and archaeological sites, it's no wonder that Greece's history and culture has long inspired travelers from around the world, from the sacred ruins of Delphi and the ancient citadel of the Acropolis to the spectacular Monasteries of Meteora and the Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences found throughout historic Thessaloniki.

Prepare a foreign dish
One of the best parts about traveling internationally is indulging in different cuisines unique to each country. Take your culinary experience one step further with a hands-on workshop in Portugal, creating mouth-watering Ovos Moles. This Portuguese delicacy is a pocket full of sweet goodness made from eggs, sugar, and sometimes chocolate, all wrapped in a light casing of wafer. The best part? After you learn how to create the pastry, dig in and savor ever last bite of your creation!

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