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The world’s most travelled destinations for 2022

From bustling Dubai to picturesque Thailand, here’s some of the most popular destinations this year

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By IOL | December 10, 2022 | Travel Leisure

As the year draws to an end, 2022 has been a year of recovery and rebirth. After three full years of lockdown due to the pandemic, travel is picking up with more people exploring the world and rediscovering the meaning of being alive.

Going into 2023, people are eager to explore the world.

From catching planes, to sailing or cruising the deep blue, being comfy on a scenic coach or just a short road trip to your favourite destination, there is always a lesson that comes with leaving the house.

Sinking your feet in beach, hearing the waves roaring with life, summit or hiking mountain peaks, kayaking through meandering rivers, trekking through forest and foliage or viewing game on a safari, travel is a full sensory experience.

Here are the most travelled destinations or your favourite places to voyage, according to data from Vitality Travel.

London, Britain

London simply is. As the capital of the western world, it comes as no surprise that this city is on the list of the most frequented destinations in the world. This city offers endless education and work opportunities.

The city is also a cultural melting pot and this mixing of culture is great for its gastronomy, you have a variety of cuisine from all of the world to choose from.

No city does bespoke like London with its classic English charm. Explore the city’s museums, cultural exhibitions, art, palaces and beautiful parks. There is always something to do. If you are ever in this part of the world, consider a stay at the highly rated five star hotel, The Ritz.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

As a place famous for superlatives, such as the world’s biggest skyscraper and largest mall, it’s not surprising that people flock to Dubai’s shores. Dubai is home to some of the world’s grandest and most luxurious hotels, offering guests five-star experiences making it a serious contender for the title of the most luxurious city in the world.

The city also offers world-class shopping experiences making it famous among tourists. The emirate is able to offer visitors the perfect mix of a cosmopolitan city with traditional aspects of the local culture.


Mauritius is a nature paradise with beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise water. It’s a great destination for a family vacation, romantic couples’ getaway, wedding destination and an ideal escape for those who love luxury resorts and pampering.

This small gem in the middle of the Indian Ocean is a melting pot of people from different cultures, religions and ethnicities.

The island has a coastline of about 150km and one its beaches, Le Morne, is a Unesco World Heritage site. In the district of Port Louis, lies the Aapravasi Ghat, also a Unesco Heritage Site where the modern indentured labour diaspora began.

Popular tourist attractions include Charamel Park, Ganga Talao Lake, and Black River Gorge National Park.

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva might not be the capital of Switzerland but its known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and being the headquarters of numerous organisations and companies, including Cern, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN and The World Bank. It thus takes the title of peace capital of the world.

It’s the perfect business and leisure destination with its excellent cuisine and finance, next to sites such as the Alpine Mountains and Lake Geneva.

The city serves as a great base for nature adventures where one can ski on the Alpine slopes in winter or take hiking adventures, biking tours, paragliding, and all kinds of water sports on Lake Geneva in summer.

Since Geneva is a city of diplomats, its also a cultural melting pot and you’re bound to come across different languages and people from around the world in the city.

There’s even a wide range of choices for dining, with restaurants serving cuisines from different continents.

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is one of the best travel destinations in the world. The island has more than 30 pristine beaches with beautiful palm trees and breathtaking blue waters.

Thailand is known as an affordable destination with an enticing nightlife where young and old frequent. The island is also known for its Thai cuisine which can be enjoyed from local street stalls to fine dining restaurants.

Tourists get to enjoy water activities including snorkelling and scuba diving and other activities including quad biking, white water rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, surfing, cable skiing, wakeboarding. You can also climb up to the Big Buddha, experience a jungle safari, visit Tiger Kingdom or visit temples and the Elephant Sanctuary.

Written by ZamaNdosi Cele

This article originally appeared on IOL