World’s most popular travel destinations revealed

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, has announced the first of its highly anticipated, annual community-powered Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2022: the Best of the Best Destinations.

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, 82% of Singaporeans in a recent Tripadvisor sponsored survey say they are likely to travel for leisure in 2022.

Just as travellers are ramping up on their plans for the year, the 2022 Travellers’ Choice list is here to identify the best places to go.

“As the world returns to travel, trips will look different than before. New destinations, new experiences, and new priorities will take center stage. Three-quarters (73%) of Singaporeans say that it’s important they ‘see new places’ when thinking about their future travel plans,” said Sarah Mathews, Group Head of Media Partnerships APAC at Tripadvisor. “Our goal is to help guide travellers to discover the best trips for them. Whether they’re outdoor enthusiasts, food lovers or sun seekers, the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations have carefully curated subcategories that are sure to inspire their next big trip.”

See the winners across all subcategories here:

What’s hot in 2022?

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 traveller.

On Tripadvisor’s hallmark 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.

On the same list, Singapore placed No. 16 in the world and No. 3 in Asia.

Top 10 Popular Destinations in Asia for 2022
1. Bali, Indonesia
2. New Delhi, India
3. Singapore
4. Jaipur, India
5. Bangkok, Thailand
6. Phuket, Thailand
7. Goa, India
8. Udaipur, India
9. Mumbai, India
10. Hong Kong

The Tripadvisor community’s new favourite 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 neighbouring island of Ibiza ranking at No. 6, it looks like Spain is the place to be this year!

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 travellers from around the globe with its authentic pasta dishes and can’t-miss gelato. On the same list, Singapore comes in at No. 10 on the world list for foodies.

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 travellers’ 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” 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.

Check out the full list of travellerfavourits’ e big cities:

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 travellers’ favourite place to enjoy fun in the sun.

Check out the full list of sun seekers’ favourite destinations, from beautiful beaches to Red


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

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

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