With Covid-19 cases declining in many areas and borders reopening, droves of people are looking to travel. Operated flights in March of 2022 increased about 26.1% from the number of flights in March 2021. Additionally, the hotel industry is expected to rise by over 33% throughout 2022.
With that in mind, here are 8 trending travel destinations for this year.
Hawaii has been a beloved tourist destination for a long time. More recently, however, even lesser-known islands like Kauai are becoming popular among travelers. This is partially due to the fact that the most popular island, Oahu, recently requires that visitors stay a minimum of 90 days in short-term rentals such as Airbnb. Going off the beaten path to Kauai has its benefits by way of the natural beauty and culture that has been preserved.
Majorca, Spain came in first place as the most trending world destination for 2022 on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. A few attractions of this Mediterranean island include beautiful beaches, hiking trails, wine tasting, and sea caving. The nearby island of Ibiza is also number six on TripAdvisor’s list, another stunning beach location.
With one of the highest vaccination rates in the world at roughly 79 percent, Brazil is becoming the perfect travel hotspot for many. Rio de Janeiro offers sandy beaches and mountain trails, while São Paulo has the allure of fine dining, world-famous museums, and vibrant nightlife.
With a plethora of historical sites and a unique blend of cultures, Istanbul placed number 8 on TripAdvisor’s list of the most popular destinations worldwide. Travel website Kayak shows that on the week of May 22, 2022, there was a 74 percent increase in searches for flights to Istanbul compared to 3 years prior.
Göreme, Turkey was also number 9 on a separate list of TripAdvisor’s greatest year-over-year increase in ratings for international destinations. This town is located in the region of Cappadocia and is a hotspot for backpackers who like to hike through the chimney rock formations and cave churches.
Cancún was third on TripAdvisor’s highest-rated, most popular destination list for 2022. Puerto Escondido, Mexico was also the 4th most searched location so far by Americans looking to travel internationally through Airbnb. Sunshiney beaches and scenic views make these destinations an appealing option for aspiring beach bums.
Miami Beach and the Tampa Bay region live on as trendy vacation spots, especially for Americans looking to travel domestically. Over 39 percent of Florida visitors have traveled by plane in 2022 thus far, making it the highest percentage for air travel since the start of the pandemic in 2020. For family vacations, beach resorts such as Isla Bella Beach Resort can take classes with marine scientists through Marine Science Camp. Visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando also remains a popular choice for a family getaway.
For those wanting to remain cautious and maintain social distancing during their trip, East African countries such as Rwanda and Uganda are becoming more popular. During the pandemic, Rwanda has kept scrupulous coronavirus protocols and has maintained low case numbers. African safaris in these countries provide adventurous travelers both the ability to easily socially distance themselves and plenty of excitement.
On the whole, tourism in Asia is quite low compared to how it was two years ago because of complex border restrictions. However, travelers who are set on Asia can visit Japan in the summer of 2022 if they are willing to do a package deal. A package deal includes accommodation, transportation, and guided tours.
Those who don’t want to purchase a package deal can potentially wait until the fall when restrictions might ease even more. Major cities like Osaka and Tokyo are attractive choices for foreign travelers wanting to experience Japanese culture and city life.