Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, announced the first of its annual community-powered Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2022: the Best of the Best Destinations.
If 2021 was the year travelers dipped their toes in the water with smaller getaways and outdoors trips, 2022 is shaping up to be the year we return to travel in a big way. Despite new variant surges, data shows that the desire to travel remains stronger than ever. In fact, 71 per cent of Americans in a recent Tripadvisor-sponsored survey say they are likely to travel for leisure in 2022. Just as travelers are ramping up on their plans for the year, the 2022 Travelers’ Choice list is here to identify the best places to go.
In addition to Tripadvisor’s typical Popular and Trending Destinations lists, this year the Awards include the Best of the Best Destinations for Food Lovers, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Skiers, City Lovers and Sun Seekers, offering inspiration for every type of traveler.
On Tripadvisor’s Popular Destinations list, highlighting the highest-rated and most loved spots around the globe, Dubai has officially dethroned perennial icons like London, Paris and Rome for the crown of the Most Popular Destination in the world for 2022. In the U.S., Las Vegas is No. 1 for travelers this year, taking the crown over another long-time traveler favorite, New York City.
The Tripadvisor community’s new favorite place to travel: Trending Destinations are locations around the world seeing the greatest year-over-year growth in reviews and ratings on Tripadvisor – including everywhere from dreamy beaches to places full of architectural wonders. Majorca, Spain is the No. 1 Trending Destination in the world for 2022. This gorgeous island is becoming more than a spring break hot spot. With picturesque seaside coves, children’s beaches and grandiose Moorish architecture, younger crowds and families alike are setting their sights on Majorca. And with the neighboring island of Ibiza ranking at No. 6, it looks like Spain is the place to be this year!
In the U.S., the Island of Hawaii – another beach hot spot – is the No. 1 Trending Destination. The natural beauty and ecological features of the island are a draw for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. And it’s not the only non-continental place to rank this year, as Talkeetna, Alaska makes its Travelers’ Choice debut as the No. 8 Trending Destination in the U.S., a sign that travelers in 2022 have expanded their horizons when looking where to go next.
Top 10 Trending Destinations in the World for 2022
Don’t miss: Mallorca Quad Experience
Don’t miss: Private Half Day Trip to Giza Pyramids Sphinx with Camel Riding
Don’t miss: Romantika All inclusive Day Cruise
Don’t miss: Mexican Cooking from Scratch and Mezcal Tasting in a Local Home
Don’t miss: Adventure Dubrovnik – Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
Don’t miss: Cala Conta and Cala Bassa Beach Cruise with Paddle Surf, Snorkel and Drinks
Don’t miss: Maracajau from Natal
Don’t miss: Private Tour to Materuni Waterfalls, coffee tour & Kikuletwa Hot Springs
Don’t miss: Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight
Don’t miss: Semi-Private Premium | Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board & Drinks
Top 10 Trending Destinations in the U.S. for 2022
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Don’t miss: Small-Group Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour
Charleston, South Carolina
Don’t miss: Undiscovered Charleston: Half Day Food, Wine & History Tour with Cooking Class
Don’t miss: Branson Alpine Mountain Coaster Ticket
Don’t miss: Moab Xtreme 3-Hour Experience
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Don’t miss: Lovers Key Guided Eco Tour-Mangrove Estuary
Don’t miss: Private Boating On The Hurricane Deck Boat – Clearwater Beach
Mount Desert Island, Maine
Don’t miss: Narrated Bus Tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park
Don’t miss: Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour from Talkeetna
Don’t miss: Private Charter Sailing Trip
Asheville, North Carolina
Don’t miss: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville
The Best of the Best Destinations for you
Food Lovers: Rome takes the top spot for the Best of the Best Destinations for Food Lovers, whetting the appetites of travelers from around the globe with its authentic pasta dishes and can’t-miss gelato. Meanwhile (for literally almost every other type of food in the world), America’s melting pot New York City, home to roughly 9,000 restaurants, ranks No. 1 in the U.S.
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica is the Best of the Best Destination for Outdoor Enthusiasts in the world for 2022. One of Costa Rica’s top hiking destinations, Arenal Volcano National Park offers a range of trails that wind through wildlife-rich rainforest and old lava flows, all anchored by one of the world’s most active volcanoes. In the U.S., Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve is No. 1. Famous for being the home of Mount McKinley, the enormous park has only one road, making it the perfect backcountry adventure.
Skiers: Zermatt, Switzerland has been crowned the No. 1 Best of the Best Destination for Skiers in the world in this inaugural list. Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is travelers’ favorite ski area in the town, described as an “Alpine paradise.” In the U.S., Jackson, Wyoming is the No. 1 Destination for Skiers in 2022. This Western mountain town is catnip for cross-country, snowcat, and heli- skiers alike.
City Lovers: If you’re looking for a “Bright Lights, Big City” kind of vibe, you can’t miss Dubai, the No. 1 Best of the Best Destination for City Lovers. Known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene, Dubai is the ultimate destination for city lovers. And no surprise in the U.S., everyone’s favorite concrete jungle, New York City, reigns as the No. 1 Destination for City Lovers. The tallest buildings, biggest museums, and best pizza—NYC is a city of superlatives.
Sun Seekers: Paradise looks different for everybody. But these sunny destinations are as close to the real deal as you can get. Cancun is the No. 1 Best of the Best Destination for Sun Seekers in the world for 2022. For the many of us in need of a true relaxing vacation, the white sand and neon blue waters of Cancun are travelers’ favorite place to enjoy fun in the sun.