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Top trending destinations of 2022

Travel is not something taken lightly these days. It is more difficult than it once was and we are more deliberate and considered with our choosing and taking of it. 


For many, the first taste of travel in the age of COVID-19 may be to visit friends and family, but for others, it’s time to start ticking things off that bucket list. Because while we once took travel for granted, we now know we can’t afford that mistake again. 



“As the world returns to travel, trips will look different than before,” Sarah Mathews, Group Head of Media Partnerships APAC at Tripadvisor said. 


“New destinations, new experiences, and new priorities will take centre stage.”


According to Matthews, close to three-quarters (74%) of Australians say that it’s important they ‘see new places’ when thinking about their future travel plans. So where do people want to go?


TripAdvisor’s annual community-powered Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2022 - Best of the Best found locations around the world with the greatest year-over-year growth in reviews and ratings on Tripadvisor. 


The top trending destinations of 2022 are: 

  1. Majorca, Balearic Islands
  2. Cairo, Egypt
  3. Rhodes, Dodecanese
  4. Tulum, Mexico
  5. Dubrovnik, Croatia
  6. Ibiza, Balearic Islands
  7. Natal, Brazil
  8. Arusha, Tanzania
  9. Goreme, Turkey
  10. Santorini, Cyclades


On Tripadvisor’s hallmark Popular Destinations list, highlighting the highest-rated and most loved spots in the South Pacific, Queenstown came out on top. 


Here are the top 10 popular destinations in the South Pacific of 2022:

  1. Queenstown, New Zealand 
  2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia 
  3. Auckland, New Zealand 
  4. Gold Coast, Australia 
  5. Hobart, Australia 
  6. Sydney, Australia 
  7. Port Douglas, Australia 
  8. Cairns, Australia 
  9. Melbourne, Australia 
  10. Rotorua, New Zealand 


And because food and travel are inextricably linked, here are the top foodie destinations of 2022:

  1. Rome, Italy
  2. London, UK
  3. Paris, France
  4. Dubai, UAE
  5. Barcelona, Spain
  6. Madrid, Spain
  7. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  8. New York, USA
  9. Bangkok, Thailand
  10. Singapore, Singapore


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Published: 20 January 2022

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