Welcome to our 2022 Best in Travel list

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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2022 list included Florence, Italy, as one of the best cities to visit © Studio Marmellata / Stocksy United

As the end of 2021 approaches, we're so excited to bring you our complete Best in Travel 2022 list – a whole new set of destinations for a new year of travel.

These destinations span the globe and allow you, the traveler, to experience a wide swath of breathtaking experiences, from trekking across fjords in Iceland to watching a fashion show from an up-and-coming designer in Nigeria. Carefully selected by our editors, our list is meant to inspire and excite you, and help you make your 2022 travel dreams a reality.

Of course, we're living in a complex travel landscape. As the global pandemic continues to impact an ever-shifting patchwork of places around the world, we're working hard to balance travel and safety, and a sense of caution alongside our endless sense of wanderlust. As such, our 2022 list, which is included below in its entirety, is as much a bucket list for the future as it is a to-visit list for right now.

In the coming months, as the world continues its return to travel, we'll be unveiling a whole new series of stories, video interviews, and how-to guides for turning our Best in Travel list into your travel reality, whether in 2022 or further in the future.

Watch this space for exciting developments from our Best in Travel series, and from all of Lonely Planet.

To purchase a beautiful hardcover edition of our Best in Travel 2022 list, visit our store.

In the meantime, here's the full list:

Top Countries

Top Regions

1. Westfjords, Iceland
2. West Virginia, USA
3. Xishuangbanna, China
4. Kent’s Heritage Coast, UK
5. Puerto Rico
6. Shikoku, Japan
7. Atacama Desert, Chile
8. The Scenic Rim, Australia
9. Vancouver Island, Canada
10. Burgundy, France

Top Cities

1. Auckland, New Zealand
2. Taipei, Taiwan
3. Freiburg, Germany
4. Atlanta, USA
5. Lagos, Nigeria
6. Nicosia/Lefkosia, Cyprus
7. Dublin, Ireland
8. Mérida, Mexico
9. Florence, Italy
10. Gyeongju, South Korea

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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2022 ranks the world’s must-visit countries, cities and regions to provide a year's worth of travel inspiration.

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