Never go back, they say. But while it is true that you may be disappointed if you try to recall the past, one of the most rewarding parts of the trip is to go back to a favorite place and see how it has changed – how it reveals a new one. dimension or an unexpected side of his character.

So, hopefully in anticipation of the world reopening next year, we’ve asked our experts to keep us up to date on what’s been happening at your favorite destinations over the past couple of years – and what you have to wait when you finally get back to the places you love.

They found plenty for you to do. Take New Zealand, a perennial favorite, which topped our last Reader Awards in 2019. With Omicron, international travel is finally set to resume in spring 2022 and according to Bryn Reade visitors to the land of the long white cloud will find plenty of news. experiences, with particular emphasis on environmental knowledge and also the ideas offered by “Maori” tourism.

Meanwhile, your second favorite Japan has had a disappointing tourism-wise Olympics, but once it reopens the investment appears to be paying off. Danielle Demetriou says that a slew of new hotels have opened over the past two years as well as more subtle developments, such as rural art projects.

Completing the first three, this island escape paradise, the Maldives, has also been busy. Remarkably, some 13 new island resorts have opened during the pandemic and a dozen new arrivals are expected in 2022.

Other favorite destinations that have invested heavily in tourism include Greece, where a plethora of stylish hotels have opened, and Uganda, which has several impressive new lodges. Costa Rica has a new national park, San Lucas, which few foreign visitors have yet managed to see.

And if that doesn’t sound energetic enough, how about Bhutan’s new 250 mile trek, the Trans Bhutan Trail? It would be a fascinating way to explore a country which – of all your favorites – makes a virtue of it changing so little.

These are just a few tastes – for the full menu, read on. Today marks the first in our four-part series, with a new selection of destinations to look forward to tomorrow, and each following day until the 1st. All in all, once we nailed omicron, there is a lot to look forward to.

1. New Zealand

The land of the long white cloud held the title of your most beloved country from 2012 to 2019. So apart from mountains, fjords, rivers, lakes, marine life, ancient forests, volcanoes, large walks, beaches, wine, local friendliness and bungee jumping, why have Telegraph readers continued to vote for New Zealand as the preferred destination for long-haul travel?

There is so much to see and do, but of course, as of March 2020, it’s hardly anyone’s destination anymore. In 2019, 3.8 million people visited; by the end of the following year, the numbers were down 75 percent. And 2021 has been even worse.

But that is all about to change when we welcome the return of our international whanau (family) on April 30, 2022 (omicron, pi, sigma, tau, upsilon, etc) notwithstanding.

In the meantime, the country’s operators took the opportunity to rethink the tourism model. “We’ve trained our team in environmental restoration,” says Juhi Shareef of Tourism Holdings Ltd, which runs tours of natural attractions such as the glowworm-filled caves at Waitomo on the North Island. “Our blackwater rafting guides, for example, have a better understanding of the Waitomo Caves ecosystem and can impart this knowledge to our visitors in the spirit of kaitiakitanga – the shared guardianship – of New Zealand’s natural environment. . “