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2022 Travel Trends Revealed: The Destinations Aussies Can’t Wait to Visit

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As the world opens up, there’s an appetite for travel like never before. Get ready for takeoff as we reveal the hottest travel trends for 2022.

It’s official: travel is back – and it looks like we’re not the only ones thinking about where we’re going next. We’ve conducted one of our biggest travel surveys yet, with over 1,200 respondents divulging their holiday plans for the year ahead.

After two years spent daydreaming from our living rooms, wanderlust is at a level we’ve never seen before. October 2021 was the biggest month in Luxury Escapes’ history, as Australian border restrictions were removed and the Fiji travel bubble became a reality. In 2022, an incredible nine out of 10 Australians are planning international travel – with 55% intending to splurge more than they usually would

So, what are the hottest destinations everybody’s rushing to book? Here’s what our Travel Trends report revealed.

Top Travel Destinations for 2022

Of the Australians surveyed, 84% are optimistic about international travel in 2022, with destinations not too far from home, including Fiji, proving the most sought-after.

Fiji

When the Fiji travel bubble was announced, sales of Fiji holidays at Luxury Escapes exploded, increasing by 488% on the month prior. It’s not surprising: with Aussies hankering to leave their shores, the palm-fringed islands of Fiji, just a short flight away, are the perfect tonic after months of lockdowns. Its popularity is set to continue: Fiji was ranked the number one destination for Aussie travellers in 2022, with 18% of respondents eyeing it for their next trip.

“I believe Fiji is loved by Australians because it’s close and so convenient to get to. Its beaches, snorkelling, water quality, resorts, hinterland and tourism experiences are as good as anywhere in the world,” says Brent Hill, CEO of Tourism Fiji. “Coupled with that amazing Fijian spirit – the bula spirit – which makes Fijians so hospitable, genuine and warm, it’s easy to fall in love with Fiji.”

Read more: What It’s Like to Travel to Fiji in 2022: Everything You Need to Know

There’s a sense of excitement in the air for this island country, which has waited patiently for the tourism industry to find its feet once more. It’s been the number one bestselling international destination on Luxury Escapes since August 2021, with its luxury five-star resorts teeming with travellers looking to treat themselves and enjoy quality time with loved ones.

Ready to book your Fiji escape? Check out our selection of offers here.

Bali

Bali is back in a big way! The much-loved island haven is open for business once again and is welcoming Aussies(and visitors from selected countries) back for quarantine-free stays. We can’t wait to get back to the jungle of Ubud, the beach clubs of Seminyak and the golden sands of Nusa Dua – and neither can our customers.

Now that we’ve been given the green light, we’re expecting Bali packages to fly off the shelves faster than ever before.

“In the 20 days since the Bali borders opened, our average daily sales for Indonesia have increased 594% compared to the previous three months,” says Luxury Escapes’ Pricing Manager Michael Condello.

Read more: Bali is Open: Here’s What You Need to Know.

Bali is a perennial favourite of Australian travellers, offering tropical beauty, world-class surf and lively beach clubs, all just a short flight from home. With villas and incredible resorts providing all the luxuries travellers are looking for (51% of respondents are planning to treat themselves to massages, 46% to a special meal and 67% for a room upgrade), its appeal is sure to skyrocket.

Can’t wait to get back? Check out our Bali escapes here.