Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2022” guide has been released and media around the world have taken notice, especially outlets whose region, country or community of origin is among the top 10 places to visit .
“West Virginia is on a roll. I’ve been saying since my first day in office that we have to tell the story of our state, and that’s exactly what we do and it works, ”said state governor Jim Justice after learning that the Mountain State was one of the few places in the continental United States to feature on one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 coveted lists. Puerto Rico, an American territory, was also on the regional list, and Atlanta was ranked fourth among the best cities.
Top 10 regions
1. Westfjords, Iceland.
2. West Virginia, United States.
3. Xishuangbanna, China.
4. Kent’s Heritage Coast, United Kingdom
5. Puerto Rico, United States.
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, United States.
5. Lagos, Nigeria.
6. Nicosia / Lefkosia, Cyprus.
7. Dublin, Ireland.
8. Mérida, Mexico.
9. Florence, Italy.
10. Gyeongju, South Korea.
Top 10 countries
- Cook Island.
“After a forced disruption, it’s time to pull back those long-delayed travel plans and make them a reality,” said Tom Hall, vice president of experience at Lonely Planet, according to CNN. “The lists celebrate the world in all its wonderful alluring variety.”
Lonely Planet, whose website sells travel guides for dozens of destinations including the western United States, is the latest travel-focused outlet to publicize its 2022 recommendations, hoping to pick up the tourist dollars lost during the pandemic.
Ovation Travel Group released its list of the 22 best places to travel in 2022, Forbes reported, and number 3 was Sante Fe, New Mexico.
“Santa Fe is one of the most historically significant cities in North America,” the article says, recommending the enclave and artist community founded in the early 17th century to couples, multigenerational families and groups of friends.
Napa Valley, Calif., Was also on Ovation’s 2022 list. And nearby Sonoma, Calif., Was among Travel + Leisure’s top spots for a “job” released earlier this year, as leisure travel remained uncertain for the near future. The other western cities on this list were Seattle; Phoenix; Aspen, Colorado; and Jackson, Wyoming.
The only US recommendations in Travel + Leisure’s “Best Extended Travel Destination in 2022” were road trips along California’s popular Highway 1, or Pacific Coast Highway, and Florida’s Scenic Highway A1A.
The travel agency and All Roads North magazine have broken down its recommendations by month.
January: Southern California, Santa Barbara to San Diego to Death Valley.
February: snowy adventures in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado; Grand Canyon in Arizona.
March: Charleston, South Carolina.
April: New Orleans and the French Acadiana region of Louisiana.
May: The five national parks of southern Utah.
June: the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.
July: Colorado mountain villages and lodges.
August: Montana ranches and Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks in Wyoming.
September: New Mexico towns of Sante Fe and Taos.
October: New England for fall foliage.
November: Big Bend National Park in West Texas.
December: luxury huts in Colorado, California or Montana.
Can the trip recover?
Travel experts and economists predict that the tourism industry – which has been hammered by the pandemic – will rebound next year, but it’s unclear to what extent.
“Travel is of course a personal decision,” Val Anthony, chief research analyst at Tripadvisor, told HuffPost. “We know that those who book for 2022 are booking larger vacations. The average price of stays booked for January 2022 is double that of stays planned for September 2021. And 2022 stays are longer, more than double the length of stays reserved for the rest of the year – stays of six to seven nights versus three.
The Economist predicted earlier this year that based on the rapid growth of the global tourism economy in recent years, the recovery could be rapid. But that report came months before employers discovered the difficulty of rehiring workers performing the vast network of services essential to a tourism economy.
“The number of tourists will recover and continue to grow in any case,” The Economist reported, anticipating complications in the business and government sectors. “Increased efforts to manage them carefully should lead to a better experience for everyone. “