Lonely Planet has unveiled the top 10 best destinations to visit in 2022 in its book Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 for those travel enthusiasts planning their next holiday abroad. “After an enforced hiatus… It’s time to take those long-postponed travel plans off the shelf and make them a reality. The lists celebrate the world in all its wonderful enticing variety.” Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s VP of Experience, said about the book. But which one came first?
The Cook Islands, in New Zealand, came first as the best destination to visit in 2022.
The archipelago, with its capital Rarotonga, it’s considered one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Perfect for those looking for beach holidays or to discover the fascinating native Maori culture.
Norway came in second place.
The Scandinavian country has stunning forests, breathtaking scenery and a vibrant capital to visit, Oslo.
700 miles east of Madagascar, Mauritius is one of the most wonderful places on earth.
Home to the most luxurious hotels, delicious food and amazing wildlife, the islands have been named one of the best places to travel to next year.
Holidaymakers looking to explore the Mayan ruins, breathtaking views or UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belize Barrier Reef Reserve may want to head to Belize.
Slovenia is one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Europe.
From marvellous Lake Bled to the capital Ljubljana, the country won’t disappoint visitors.
Anguilla, which is a British territory, is a gorgeous Caribbean island with amazing beaches, great weather all year round and the most incredible food.
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Oman, in Musandam, has spectacular mountains that reach heights of 2,000 meters.
The Empty Quarter, a desert where Oman meets Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will fore sure to impress travellers.
The Himalayan nation of Nepal has much more than Mount Everest to visit.
If holidaymakers are not keen to climb the world’s highest mountain, they can explore the high desert or try Nepali specialities during an unforgettable trip.
Malawi is often called the “Warm Heart of Africa”.
The country has many attractions, such as the stunning Lake Malawi, the world’s ninth-largest lake, or safaris where travellers will get to see animals in their true native habitats.
Home to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the world, Egipt is a great option for those adventure seekers.
Among many architectural marvels, the 207-foot-tall Pyramid of Dozer, has just reopened to the public.
Top 10 regions
1. Westfjords, Iceland
2. West Virginia, US
3. Xishuangbanna, China
4. Kent’s Heritage Coast, UK
5. Puerto Rico, US
6. Shikoku, Japan
7. Atacama Desert, Chile
8. The Scenic Rim, Australia
9. Vancouver Island, Canada
10. Burgundy, France
Top 10 cities
1. Auckland, New Zealand
2. Taipei, Taiwan
3. Freiburg, Germany
4. Atlanta, US
5. Lagos, Nigeria
6. Nicosia/Lefkosia, Cyprus
7. Dublin, Ireland
8. Merida, Mexico
9. Florence, Italy
10. Gyeongju, South Korea