Pandemic causes shift in top holiday destinations

Pandemic causes shift in top holiday destinations

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Two years of travel restrictions, lockdowns, and traffic-light lists have seen a shift in people’s favourite holiday destinations, according to Holiday Extras.

The company analysed 1.8m trips booked in the six months since the start of the year to reveal which destinations had seen the biggest increase in popularity.

Here’s a round-up of the top 30 fastest risers for the first six months of the year:

Top 20 rising destinations for 2022

Santorini

Mykonos

Lefkada

Rhodes

Crete (twice, for both of its airports!)

Skiathos

Kos

Kefalonia

135%

132%

90%

85%

84%

73%

66%

44%

Greece

Antalya

Dalaman

Izmir

Bodrum

123%

122%

83%

58%

Turkey

Varadero

950%

Cuba

Melbourne

719%

Australia

Sharm-el-Sheikh

449%

Egypt

Tirana

139%

Albania

Zadar

126%

Croatia

Menorca

55%

Spain

Girona

47%

Italy

Sardinia

46%

Italy

Simon Hagger, Deputy CEO at Holiday Extras, said: “People who flew in 2020 and 2021 found themselves exploring new places because their old favourites were closed, and this year they’re going back again – hence the incredible rise in popularity of Greece and Turkey as destinations, both of which stayed open almost all the way through the travel lockdowns.

“And of course for many people the cost of living crunch means finding cheaper options, so some of the new top picks – like Turkey and Albania – are amongst the cheapest destinations for a budget summer holiday this year.”

holidayextras.com

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