Top 10 holiday destinations Brits plan to visit in 2022 including Spain and the USA

By Julie Delahaye

Spain holidays are Brits' top choice for getaways in 2022, new rankings by ABTA have revealed.

The Travel Association unveiled the top 10 countries Brits are planning to travel to this year with Spain coming out top, followed by the USA and France.

It's not surprising to see Spain ranking highly, as it's been a firm favourite for decades with Brits looking for sun, sea and sand.

Then there are all of those beautiful beaches that are a hit during summer months, not to mention the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands attract families thanks to the budget-friendly packages on offer, family-friendly hotels and plethora of beaches, shops and attractions.

If you are planning a trip, it's worth noting that the country changed its entry rules for UK visitors late last year. Under the new rules, UK visitors aged 12 or over must be fully vaccinated to enter mainland Spain or the islands. The move came amidst concerns related to the spread of the Omicron variant.

It isn't just Spain that's on UK holidaymakers' radars. USA holidays are also looking to be popular, with the US taking the second spot in the rankings.

The US has lifted a travel ban on UK visitors, meaning that it's currently one of the countries open to Brits for holidays.

The US is one of Brits' top choices for holidays in 2022 (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Of course there are heaps of different holidays on offer whether you're looking to explore the amazing national parks, finally tick New York City off the bucket list, or hit the theme parks in Orlando. (If it's the latter, we've got guides to the best Walt Disney World deals and Universal Orlando deals on everything from tickets to package holidays).

Meanwhile, although France currently has banned Brits from entering for non-essential reasons such as holidays, Brits haven't been deterred. Instead, France holidays are the third most popular option UK holidaymakers are considering this year.

You can check out the full top 10 list below.

Brits' top 10 holiday destinations of choice for 2022

  1. Spain
  2. USA
  3. France
  4. Italy
  5. Greece
  6. Portugal
  7. Germany
  8. Australia
  9. Canada
  10. Turkey

Graeme Buck, Director of Communications at ABTA – The Travel Association said: "January is typically when people start to plan their holidays for the year ahead, so we’d encourage anyone who is thinking of booking a holiday to speak with an ABTA Member.

"Whether they’re looking to visit one of these popular destinations or somewhere else entirely, our Members are experts at finding the best holiday for their customers – and at a competitive price.

"They’ll also be there to look after their customers every step of the way, from doing all the research to keeping them up-to-date with any restrictions or changes they need to be aware of, so they can book and travel with confidence."

  • Always check the latest Foreign Office advice before booking or going on a trip abroad. This includes important information on a country's entry requirements and other travel rules that may be in place.

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