The 10 destinations Brits are flocking to now UK travel restrictions have eased

Jan 11, 2022

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If you could go anywhere in the world in 2022, where would you go? 

If your answer is Spain, congratulations! You are among the 29.3 per cent of people dreaming of a trip to the beach-fringed holiday haven this year.

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According to British travel watchdog the ABTA, Spain came top in a list of the nation’s favourite travel destinations for the second year in a row. 

In close second came the U.S.A., which reopened its borders to U.K. tourists in November 2021 — with TPG onboard BA’s emotional first flight to NYC. 

With one in five people now considering a flight across The Pond, the hotdog heartland leapt up the travel stakes to overtake France, topping the list of Britain’s long-haul destinations. 

Rounding off the top five were France (17.8%), Italy (16.4%) and Greece (10.1%) which – not at all surprisingly – remain as popular as ever.

This comes despite France still currently being closed to U.K. tourists and increased restrictions in place in Italy. 

Related: European countries with COVID-19 restrictions in place right now

Meanwhile, despite its Fort-Knox level COVID-19 travel protocols, Australia was a surprise riser in the rankings, jumping from ninth to eighth.

This year marked a special year for syrup and moose mecca Canada, which entered the top ten for the first time, at nine.

If you’re wondering how the top ten looked in full, look no further, for we have it here:

  1. Spain (29.3%) =
  2. USA (18.1%) +1
  3. France (17.8%) -1
  4. Italy (16.4%) =
  5. Greece (10.1%) =
  6. Portugal (8.7%) =
  7. Germany (8.2%) =
  8. Australia (5.1%) +2
  9. Canada (4.5%) +2
  10. Turkey (4.0%) +2

Featured image of Calo Des Mort in Formentera, by Nachosuch/Getty.

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