The best places to travel in 2022 as Tripadvisor reveals the 'Best of the Best'

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Tripadvisor has released a list of the best places to travel in 2022. Photo: Getty Images

Travel has been off the cards since 2020, but as the world opens up, so do our horizons.

A whopping 72 per cent of Aussies say they are likely to travel for leisure in 2022, according to a survey by the world’s largest travel guidance platform, Tripadvisor.

To help you narrow down your travel choices, they've released their 'Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2022: the Best of the Best Destinations'.


Voted for by visitors, it's the ultimate guide to help you identify where to go and what to do while you're there. These are the winners:

Best trending destination

Winner: Majorca, Balearic Islands

Looking for a holiday that's seriously Insta-worthy?

This is it.

Majorca is an island off the south-east coast of Spain and has had a few incarnations over the years.

From an island full of sleepy fishing villages, to party central, now it's found a market with high-end villas, stunning beaches and tiny coves and gorgeous cliff-top restaurants.

To add to your Insta-travel shots, head to the Greek island of Rhodes, Cairo in Egypt, Dubrovnik in Croatia, and Tulum in Mexico, which also made the top-five list.

Crystal blue water with boats and people swimming and rocky headlands in Majorca, Balearic Islands
Majorca, Balearic Islands, is one of the most popular destinations. Photo: Tripadvisor

Best destination for Sun Seekers

Winner: Cancun, Mexico

Cancun topped the charts due to its family-friendly resorts, as much as it's party-town reputation.

As well as the amazing climate, people recommend visiting Mayan ruins, such as El Rey and the Yamil Lu’um.

Bali, Crete and Cabo San Lucas, also in Mexico made the top five.

Highrise buldings in Cancun in Mexico overlook a sea filled with reefs.
Cancun in Mexico takes out the top award for the best place for sun-seekers. Photo: Tripadvisor

Best destination for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Winner: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Love waterfalls, hot springs, wildlife and volcanoes?

Head to Costa Rica for a holiday where you can hike, go rafting or hit the beach.

Expect plumes of smoke from the nearby volcano, as well as dense forests and old lava fields.

There are great restaurants and hotels nearby so you don't have to slum it if you don't want to.

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, and Jim Corbett National Park in India also got special mentions on the shortlist.

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica, is packed with great hikes, rafting and amazing beaches. Photo: Tripadvisor


Best destination for city lovers

Winner: Dubai, UAE

No longer just a place to stopover, Dubai is now a holiday destination in its own right.

It's great at flashy extremes; modern buildings, golden sands, luxury shopping and world-class dining - against a backdrop of old-fashioned souks and waterways.

If you want to escape the city, you can easily visit the desert too.

London, Rome, Istanbul and Paris also made the top five list.

traditional craft on the waters of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

Best destination for food lovers

Winner: Rome, Italy

Not much beats sitting in a cafe or restaurant on one of Rome's tiny backstreets, eating freshly cooked pasta.

If you're a foodie, you're spoilt for choice here, but don't leave without trying the city's most iconic dish, cacio e pepe: spaghetti tossed through with salty, aged sheep’s milk cheese and black pepper.

London, Paris, Dubai and Barcelona also come highly rated.

A bowl of Cacio e Pepe - spaghetti with cheese and pepper in a white bowl on a white napkin with cheese and basil beside.
Cacio e Pepe is a must-have while you're in Rome. Photo: Getty Images

Destinations for skiiers

Winner: Zermatt, Switzerland

The Matterhorn is omni-present everywhere you go in Zermatt, which makes it a skiiers paradise.

It's a pretty village, with winding alleyways and plenty to see - but the best bit is that skiing often lasts all the way through to early European summer, giving Aussies a long window of time to make the trip.

Too late for snow?

There's great hiking too.

Zermatt, Switzerland, with the Matterhorn looming behind and reflected in a lake.
Zermatt in Switzerland is great for months of skiiing. Photo: Tripadvisor

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