After two years of constant travel restrictions, we can finally return to the dream again. Travel lovers around the world are desperate to book a ticket to their next destination and start catching up.
But which destinations are at the top of our list?
Holiday, the British holiday rental search engine, has compiled a list of must-visit destinations in 2022! After analyzing Google searches over the past 12 months, this ranking shows the countries people want to visit the most.
The 30 most popular countries people want to travel to in 2022:
1. Turkey – 102,100 searches per month
This year, Turkey has become the most popular country for travelers. With over 102,000 searches in total, this makes Turkey a clear favorite. Whether you prefer a beach trip to Antalya, a weekend in Istanbul or a romantic getaway to Cappadocia, Turkey has it all. Turkish cuisine offers delicious dishes including meze and sweet treats like baklava. Yum!
2. Greece – 89,800 searches per month
It’s time to make your biggest Mamma Mia fantasies come true! Greece is the second most popular country for people planning their holidays. This country offers an incredible amount of archeology, history, art and philosophy, as well as hundreds of beautiful beaches and crystal clear water – so everyone will enjoy their holidays here! If that’s not enough, Greek food is to die for. Has anyone tried souvlaki?
3. Maldives – 83,700 searches per month
In third place is the Maldives. Undoubtedly the most luxurious option on this list, the popularity of the stunning Indian Ocean islands has skyrocketed in recent years. White sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters and a vibrant underwater world… It’s no surprise that influencers flock to these stunning islands for vacation. The country has over 100 resorts with their own private islands, each boasting their own incredible beaches, so you’ll be satisfied whichever island you choose.
4. Spain – 74,320 searches per month
The country of tapas, paella and sangria ranks fourth. Spain has always been an absolute favorite for British travelers and 2022 is no different. With some of the finest beaches and most captivating mountain ranges in Europe, Spain offers a varied landscape just waiting to be explored. Spain really lives up to the stereotype that it’s full of people who want to enjoy life. Be prepared to enjoy a fiestas or two while there.
5. Thailand – 57,200 searches per month
With Bangkok ranked as the world’s best city to work in 2021, it’s no wonder Thailand is at the top of the list of travel destinations. Plan your itinerary wisely as there is plenty to see and do in this fantastic country. Go island hopping and marvel at the beaches of Thailand. Ride a tuk tuk through Bangkok’s chaotic nighttime streets, enjoy Thai street food and visit some of the country’s stunning temples.
6. Cyprus – 53,600 searches per month
Cyprus is the sixth most visited country this year. Whether it’s for its irresistible culture and history, sun-drenched sandy beaches, or delicious local cuisine, we leave it up to you. A popular choice for families as well as groups of friends. Cyprus offers a lot of entertainment for travelers. Here you can practice any water sport, from water skiing to scuba diving. For food, enjoy creamy hummus, mouth-watering halloumi, and delicious kebabs.
7. Malta – 48,500 searches per month
Malta may be small, but there are plenty of reasons why it is a favorite for travelers this year. This small archipelago is home to the world’s oldest temples, stunning scenery and fascinating history. Scuba diving enthusiasts will be in heaven as the underwater world is very vibrant and the dive sites also have plenty of caves, rocks and shipwrecks. Valletta, the country’s capital, was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018, which means that it is a vibrant center for art, design and architecture.
8. Mexico – 48,400 searches per month
In eighth place we have Mexico. This country has much more to offer than the typical Cancun party destination. Head to Merida or Tulum to spend the day exploring the incredible cenotes. Visit Guanajuato to admire the beauty of the city, which is made up of colorful buildings. Nature lovers will love a trip to La Huasteca Potocina, a region dominated by breathtaking rivers and waterfalls. Gourmets will rejoice while relaxing here. Indulge in mouth-watering chilaquiles for breakfast, classic quesadillas for lunch, and in the evening, indulge in unrivaled tacos at a local taqueria.
9. Italy – 45,400 searches per month
Italy is perhaps the most popular, thanks to its world-famous cuisine, for any gourmet! Try pizza in Naples, carbonara in Rome and bruschetta in Tuscany. Do you like cocktails? Head to Venice for a real Aperol Spritz! Food aside, Italy is a country with more World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world, so it’s a real gem for travelers interested in exploring legendary sites.
10. Iceland – 44,600 searches per month
In 2022, Iceland was ranked 10th in the world in terms of travel destinations. If you love landscapes made up of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields, then Iceland is the destination for you. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend a day at the famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa. And if you are interested in the history of the Icelandic Vikings, visit the National Museum and the Saga Museum in Reykjavik.
For this study, all 195 countries of the world were considered. The UK was excluded to have a ranking not based on the host country of the experts. The rankings were then compiled using the average number of monthly Google searches over the last 12 months, for each of the country names, combined with the following keywords: “holidays to”, “things to do in” and “flights to” to determine which countries were the most popular and in demand by travelers.