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2022 Travel Hotlist Revealed: Tripadvisor Announces Travellers’ Choice Awards For Destinations
London crowned No.1 destination in Europe and second in the world in the ‘Popular’ and ‘City Lovers’ categories
Edinburgh is named seventh most ‘Popular’ destination in Europe and 12th in the world London also ranks second in the world and Europe for ‘Food Lovers’
London also ranks second in the world and Europe for ‘Food Lovers’
In the ‘Outdoor Enthusiasts’ category, which awards national parks around the world, New Forest National Park, Hampshire and Snowdonia National Park, Penrhyndeudraeth place #1 and #2 in Europe and 10th and 11th in the world respectively

LONDON, UK, 19 January, 2022 – Today, Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, announced the first of its highly anticipated, annual community-powered Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2022 – the Best of the Best Destinations. The awards honour destinations around the globe across seven categories: Popular, Trending, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Food Lovers, Skiers, Sun Seekers and City Lovers . 


If 2021 was the year travellers 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, 78% of Brits in a recent Tripadvisor sponsored survey say they are likely to travel for leisure in 2022, compared to 72% of those who said that they travelled for leisure in 2019.


“As the world returns to travel, priorities are changing, and people want more memorable experiences on their trips. Almost three-quarters (70%) of Brits say that it’s important they ‘see new places’ when thinking about their future travel plans,” said Steven Paganelli, Director, Destinations, Hotels and OTAs, Americas at Tripadvisor. “There is a whole world out there to choose from, and we want to help guide travellers looking to take the best trips for them – whatever that perfect holiday destination may look like. From adventure to R&R, the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations include several subcategories created to reflect the best places to go no matter what type of trip you’re after.” 

See the winners across all subcategories here:

What’s hot for 2022? 

On Tripadvisor’s hallmark Popular Destinations list, highlighting the highest-rated and most loved spots around the globe, Dubai has shoved perennial icons like London, Paris and Rome aside to take the crown of the most popular destination in the world for 2022.


On the Trending Destinations list – locations around the world seeing the greatest year-over-year growth in reviews and ratings on Tripadvisor – a destination that is already a firm favourite with Brits is gaining global recognition this year. Majorca, Spain is the No. 1 Trending Destination in the world for 2022. This gorgeous island with picturesque seaside coves, children friendly beaches and grandiose Moorish architecture is set to get busier as travellers from across the globe set their sights on a Majorcan getaway, so Brits planning a 2022 trip there should book up soon to make sure they don’t miss out.


How does the UK fare this year?

A number of UK destinations bag awards across multiple categories this year with London taking second place in the world’s most popular destinations list and #1 in Europe. The Capital also places second in the world and #1 in Europe in the City Lovers category. In the Food Lovers category, London follows behind Rome to take second place in the world and Europe. Now on to another of the UK’s Capitals – Edinburgh – named seventh most ‘popular destination’ in Europe and 12th in the world for 2022.


And two of the UK’s national parks receive global acclaim this year. Hampshire’s New Forest National Park and Snowdonia National Park in Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales place #1 and #2 in Europe and 10th and 11th in the world respectively, ranking above the likes of global big hitters including Banff National Park in Canada, Grand Canyon National Park in the United States and Iceland’s Vatnajokull National Park. Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and Dartmoor National Park in Devon also take Travellers’ Choice titles this year, placing sixth and seventh in Europe respectively.


Top 10 Trending Destinations in the World for 2022

  1. Majorca, Spain

    1. Don’t miss: Mallorca Quad Experience

  2. Cairo, Egypt

    1. Don’t miss: Private Half Day Trip to Giza Pyramids Sphinx with Camel Riding

  3. Rhodes, Greece

    1. Don’t miss: Romantika All inclusive Day Cruise

  4. Tulum, Mexico

    1. Don’t miss: Mexican Cooking from Scratch and Mezcal Tasting in a Local Home

  5. Dubrovnik, Croatia

    1. Don’t miss: Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

  6. Ibiza, Spain

    1. Don’t miss: Cala Conta and Cala Bassa Beach Cruise with Paddle Surf, Snorkel and Drinks

  7. Natal, Brazil

    1. Don’t miss: Maracajau from Natal

  8. Arusha, Tanzania

    1. Don’t miss: Private Tour to Materuni Waterfalls, coffee tour & Kikuletwa Hot Springs

  9. Goreme, Turkey

    1. Don’t miss: Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight

  10. Santorini, Greece

    1. Don’t miss: Semi Private Premium | Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board & Drinks


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. Check out the full list of travellers’ favourite places to visit for the food:


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. Check out the full list of Outdoor Enthusiasts favourite national parks:


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’ favourite ski area in the town, described as an “Alpine paradise.” Check out the full list of skiers’ favourite destinations:


City Lovers: If you’re looking for a “Bright Lights, Big City” vibe, you can’t miss Dubai, the No. 1 Best of the Best Destination for City Lovers. Known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and lively nightlife, Dubai is the ultimate destination for city lovers. Check out the full list of travellers' favourite big cities:

Sun Seekers: There’s sun sea and sand aplenty to be enjoyed at these destinations. Cancun is named  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 truly relaxing holiday, the white sand and sparkling azure waters of Cancun are travellers’ favourite place to enjoy fun in the sun. Check out the full list of sun seekers' favourite destinations:


To see all the 2022 Travellers’ Choice Destinations winners, across all subcategories, visit



The Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Destinations Awards honour travellers’ favourite destinations worldwide based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings specific to each award subcategory from travellers on Tripadvisor for accomodations, restaurants, and things to do in destinations worldwide over the 12-month period between 1 November, 2020 and 31 October, 2021. 


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