Oman and Egypt in the world top 10
Planet alone named its top travel destinations in 2022.
Travel guide experts have crowned the Cook Islands in the South Pacific as the number one country to visit next year.
The isolated island nation is followed on the list by Norway, known for its spectacular glaciers and home to the world’s first energy-producing hotel. In third place is Mauritius, the Indian Ocean resort, which has recently reopened its doors to international travelers.
Regionally, Oman was the highest rated country, ranking seventh on Planet alone‘s listing. The Sultanate is praised for its natural beauty, Bedouin values and rich heritage.
Egypt is also highly recommended by the guide editor. The country has moved up to the last position on the list of the top 10 countries in the world and is known for its ancient ruins, historic sites and captivating marine life in the Red Sea.
The top 10 countries to visit in 2022
- The Cook Islands
The tiny Cook Islands archipelago was crowned the first country to visit in 2022, winning praise for eco-initiatives including the Marae Moana, the world’s largest marine protected area. Located halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the country also offers travelers incredible diversity on its 15 islands.
Planet alone said its “diverse landscapes framed by the remote expanses of the world’s largest ocean promise active adventure, cultural interaction and culinary delights.”
As travel slowly begins to recover from the restrictions put in place during the global pandemic, next year could be an important year for those struggling to contain their urge to travel.
Top 10 cities in the world: Auckland is No. 1
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Taipei, Taiwan, province of China
- Freiburg, Germany
- Atlanta, United States
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Lefkosia, Cyprus
- Dublin, Ireland
- Mérida, Mexico
- Florence, Italy
- Gyeongju, South Korea
For all those who fancy a city break, Planet alone also named the top 10 cities in the world with New Zealand’s Auckland ranking in the first place.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, came in second, while Freiburg in Germany’s Black Forest came in third.
Iceland’s best kept secret tops the top 10 regions
When it comes to the best regions to travel to, Icelandic fjords, home to coastal cliffs, red sand beaches and thundering waterfalls, took the top spot.
Next are West Virginia in the United States and Xishuangbanna, a prefecture in the Chinese province of Yunnan known for its nature.
The UK was in the top 10 list, with Kent’s Heritage Coast ranking fourth and the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico ranking fifth.
Lonely Planet’s 10 Best Regions for 2022
1. Westfjords, Iceland
2. West Virginia, United States
3. Xishuangbanna, China
4. Kent’s Heritage Coast, United Kingdom
5. Puerto Rico
6. Shikoku, Japan
7. The Atacama Desert, Chile
8. The Scenic Rim, Australia
9. Vancouver Island, Canada
10. Burgundy, France
Planet alone‘s The best of travel Lists are formed by eliminating hundreds of nominations from staff, contributors, bloggers and partner editors, which are then debated and chosen by a panel of travel experts.
Update: October 28, 2021, 8:12 a.m.