How We Chose the 2022 World’s Greatest Places

The hope of understanding and connecting with others through travel is as constant as the life challenges in 2022. So, with much of the global population now vaccinated against COVID-19, world travelers are again hitting the road—and the skies. Hospitality is opening up again and eager to welcome these travelers and revive local communities.

To compile this list of the World’s Greatest Places, the top spots to visit this year, TIME solicited nominations of places from our international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.

There are 50 places that were familiar, some far away, such as the Great Barrier Reef. Here, visitors can explore the undersea worlds and participate in conservation efforts. Seoul, on the other hand, is a high-tech, ultra-high-tech place. Many of the destinations are charting a path to economic recovery; this year paradise reopens on The Philippines’ Boracay Island, which had been closed for years due to overtourism and then the COVID-19 pandemic. Some destinations are growing and prospering, while others are changing. Doha in Qatar is one example. It has 100 hotels opening for 2022 World Cup attendees. Bon voyage!

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