We are finally daring to dream again after two years of constant travel restrictions. Travel enthusiasts all over the world are eager to book a flight to their next destination and begin making up for lost time. But which locations should be at the top of our list?
Holidu, a vacation rental search engine, has compiled a list of must-see countries for 2022. This ranking is based on an analysis of Google searches from the previous 12 months, and it reveals the countries that people are most eager to visit.
List of must-see countries for 2022
Turkey – 102,100 monthly searches
It’s finally here! This year, Turkey is the most popular destination for tourists. Turkey is the clear favorite, with a total of more than 102k searches. Whether you want to go to Antalya for a beach vacation, Istanbul for a weekend city break, or Cappadocia for a romantic getaway, Turkey has it all. Turkish cuisine features delectable specialties such as meze boards and sweet treats such as baklava. Yum!
Greece receives 89,800 searches per month
It’s finally time to live out your wildest Mamma Mia fantasies! When it comes to vacation planning, Greece is the second most searched-for country. This country has an incredible offering of archaeology, history, art, and philosophy, as well as some lovely beaches and crystal clear water, so everyone will be happy on vacation here! If that wasn’t enough, the Greek cuisine is out of this world. Anyone for souvlaki?
Maldives – 83,700 monthly searches
The Maldives comes in third place. The popularity of these stunning Indian Ocean islands has skyrocketed in recent years, making them unquestionably our most luxurious option on this list. It’s no surprise that influencers flock to these stunning islands for their vacations, with white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters, and a vibrant underwater world. The country is home to over 100 resorts with their own private island, each with their own incredible beaches, so you’ll be happy no matter which island you visit.
Spain – 74,320 monthly searches
The land of tapas, paella, and sangria takes fourth place! Spain has always been a firm favorite among British tourists, and 2022 will be no exception. Spain has a diverse landscape that awaits exploration, boasting some of Europe’s best beaches and most captivating mountain ranges. Spain truly lives up to its stereotype of being a place full of people looking to have a good time; be prepared to attend a fiesta or two while you’re there.
Thailand – 57,200 monthly searches
With Bangkok being named the Best City in the World for a Workation in 2021, it’s no surprise that Thailand ranks near the top of the list of countries travelers want to visit! Plan your itinerary carefully because there is simply so much to see and do in this amazing country. Go island hopping and marvel at Thailand’s over 1400 islands’ beaches! Ride a tuk tuk through Bangkok’s chaotic streets at night, eat some Thai street food, and visit some of the country’s stunning temples.
Cyprus – 53,600 monthly searches
This year, Cyprus is the sixth most popular country! We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether it’s because of its fascinating culture and history, sun-soaked sandy beaches, or delectable local cuisine. Cyprus is a popular destination for both families and groups of friends, and there are plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained. Every water sport imaginable, from water skiing to scuba diving, can be enjoyed. Expect to eat creamy hummus, mouthwatering halloumi, and traditional kebabs.
Malta receives 48,500 searches per month
Malta may be small, but there are numerous reasons why it is a popular destination for tourists this year! This small archipelago is home to prehistoric temples, beautiful landscapes, and an intriguing history. Scuba divers will be in heaven here, as the underwater world is vibrant, and the diving locations include numerous caves, crags, and wrecks. Valletta, the country’s capital, was named European Capital of Culture in 2018, indicating that it is a thriving center of art, design, and architecture.
Mexico – 48,400 monthly searches
Mexico is in eighth place! This country has so much more to offer than the typical Cancun party destination. Spend a day exploring the incredible cenotes in Merida or Tulum. Visit Guanajuato to marvel at the beauty of a city filled with colorful structures. A trip to La Huasteca Potosina, a region dominated by breathtaking rivers and waterfalls, will appeal to nature lovers. Foodies will be ecstatic while on vacation here! Treat yourself to some delectable chilaquiles for breakfast, classic quesadillas for lunch, and unbeatable tacos at a local taqueria in the evening.
45,400 searches per month in Italy
Italy is a dream destination for any foodie! It is arguably most famous for its world-famous cuisine. In Naples, try the pizza, in Rome, the carbonara, and in Tuscany, the bruschetta. Thirsty? Go to Venice for a true Aperol Spritz! Aside from cuisine, Italy has more World Heritage cultural sites than any other country in the world, making it a true treasure for travelers interested in visiting these legendary locations.
Iceland – 44,600 monthly searches
Last but not least, Iceland is set to be the world’s tenth most popular travel destination in 2022. If you enjoy dramatic landscapes with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields, Iceland is the place to visit! A day at the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is not to be missed, and the National and Saga museums in Reykjavik are must-sees for anyone interested in Iceland’s Viking history.