Pack your bags! 10 best travel destinations for 2022 revealed, Cook Islands tops list

 | Updated: Oct 31, 2021, 03:54 PM IST

After staying home due to a covid-19 pandemic for a year, Lonely Planet has published its list of top destinations to discover in 2022. This year, the Cook Islands, a country in the South Pacific, took the first spot in the list of 10 best countries to visit next year. 

Take a look: 


Cook Islands

This year, the Cook Islands, a country in the South Pacific, has topped the list. It comprises 15 islands whose total land area is 240 square kilometres (93 sq mi). The Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers 1,960,027 square kilometres (756,771 sq mi) of the ocean.

Avarua, the capital of the Cook Islands is a small relaxed little town, which has a friendly feel, and you'll find shops, restaurants, and several worthwhile tourist attractions here. Snorkelling, fishing, hiking, and learning how to climb palm trees, is some of the activities that you must do on the island. 



Calling Norway one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Putting extraordinary country in the number two spot, Lonely planet says that the country appeal is remarkably simple. 



Mark Twain once wrote that ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’, somewhere it’s true. Mauritius sapphire waters, powder-white beaches and luxury resorts are something to die for.  

Mauritius features third in Lonely Planet’s annual ‘Best in Travel’ list. 



The perfect spot for a perfect tropical vacation, Belize claims third place on the countries list. A Caribbean country located on the northeastern coast of Central America is packed with islands, adventure and culture. In the country, islands are known as cayes, and one of the most beautiful is Tobacco Caye.

So, if you’re looking to explore jungles, rainforests and lagoons and want to avoid large crowds, so get off the grid, and head here. 




One of the greenest countries on earth, Slovenia takes the fifth position in the list.  The Jaw-dropping city is the perfect place for an adventurous holiday, it is a small but topographically diverse country made up of portions of four major European geographic landscapes—the European Alps, the Dinaric Alps, the Pannonian and Danubian lowlands and hills, and the Mediterranean coast. 




So, Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. Anguilla is renowned for its spectacular and ecologically significant coral reefs. The whole island is surrounded by a number of wonderful white-sand beaches, coconut palms and sea-grape trees that will surely take your breath away.  



Oman is Lonely Planet's 7th must-visit country in 2022, number 1 in the Middle East for sure. Putting it on the list, Lonely Planet writes, ''Oman doesn't boast many 'firsts' or 'biggests' in a region bent on grandstanding. What it does boast, with its rich heritage and embracing society, is a strong sense of identity, a pride in an ancient, frankincense-trading past and confidence in a highly educated future.''



Nepal has been listed as the eighth of ten countries to visit in the coming year. Apart from Mount Everest, this Himalayan nation has so much more to offer for travellers, who aren't willing to climb the world's highest mountain. Nepal is a trekkers’ paradise that has dramatic landscapes and an exotic view of the Himalayas. The golden temples, charming hill villages and jungle makes it one of the world's great travel destinations.



Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in Southeastern Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. One of the attractive points of the country is Lake Malawi, which is roughly the size of Belgium, is arguably the country’s most captivating natural wonder. The country, which comes ninth on the list, is blessed with a rich diversity of landscapes.



Listed in the tenth position in the Lonely Planet list. Egypt is the land of the colossal Pyramid of Giza (one of the seven wonders of the world) and the Great Sphinx.

The country is known for its ancient ruins, historical sites, captivating marine life and mesmerising beaches.