The top destinations for 2022 and 2023 travel trends, revealed

Key points to remember

  • In 2022, travelers sought pools, beaches and iconic cities as their top destinations.
  • With destinations such as Spain, Australia and New Zealand trending for 2023, gift international travel with an Airbnb Gift Card this holiday season.
  • For those planning to reunite with loved ones in person again, consider hosting while you are away to earn some extra cash.

Airbnb ends the year with an arc, revealing the stays, categories, and destinations that topped the rankings in 2022, sharing our annual vacation travel trends, and offering insight into what 2023 has in store for travel.

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or friend, consider gifting a trip this holiday season with an Airbnb Gift Card. A Airbnb gift card1 unlocks access to the platform’s vast collection of unique homes and unique Airbnb experiences.

Top Categories for 2022

In 2022, travelers found themselves sitting by the swimming pool or catch some rays on a sandy beach beach. These two elements related to water Categories came out on top, with Tropical, seafront, surf spot and lake houses also make appearances.

Based on bookings from May 11 through September 30, these were the top travel categories in 2022 for US customers2:

  1. Swimming pool
  2. Beach
  3. Iconic city
  4. Tropical
  5. Country
  6. seafront
  7. Cabin
  8. surf spot
  9. house by the lake
  10. Ski station

And just in time for the holidays, the Airbnb 2022 Winter releaseintroduced six new categories this month, which are sure to join the ranks of the most popular:

  • New – Homes added to Airbnb in the last 10 weeks.
  • The roof of the world – Homes about 10,000 feet above sea level, often with stunning views.
  • Tendency – Top rated homes that received more ad views compared to the previous week.
  • Adapted – Houses adapted for wheelchair access, with verified step-free access routes in the house, bedroom and bathroom.
  • To play – Homes with basketball courts, game rooms, miniature golf, water slides and more.
  • Hanok – Traditional Korean houses built with natural materials.

The return of international travel

In 2022, we continued to see changes in the way people live, work, and travel on Airbnb. It is clear that the new flexibility offered by remote and hybrid working has led to a revolution in the way we travel, especially when it comes to international destinations.

The reopening of the world’s largest inbound travel market has also unlocked pent-up demand from international travelers eager to reconnect with loved ones or re-visit their favorite destinations in the United States.

Between November 8, 2021 and September 30, 2022, stays of 28 nights or more were the fastest growing trip duration among foreign travelers to the United States3. Additionally, more than 30% of international travelers to the United States last year were between the ages of 30 and 40. In the year since the US borders reopened to international travelers, Airbnb hosts in more than 7,500 different destinations in the US have hosted international guests4.

As cross-border travel has returned to the United States over the past year, most international guests have come from the following five cities5:

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Paris, France
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Mexico City, Mexico

Besides the United States, travelers crossed seas and continents to visit other foreign destinations, including destinations ranging from Asia to Australia and from Europe to South America.

The following locations became the top trending global destinations that caught the attention of travelers, based on searches on the platform in 20226:

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Sydney, Australia
  3. Málaga, Spain
  4. Seoul, South Korea
  5. Melbourne, Australia
  6. Itapema, Brazil
  7. Angra dos Reis, Brazil
  8. Capao da Canoa, Brazil
  9. Auckland, New Zealand
  10. Brisbane, Australia

It’s the season for sunny getaways

For the upcoming holiday season, travelers continue to escape the cold to warmer destinations, still favoring the pool, beach and tropical destinations. In the United States, the main categories for recording dates between November 23 and December 31 are as followsseven:

  • Swimming pool
  • Beach
  • Tropical
  • Country
  • Iconic city
  • Ski station
  • Cabin
  • Surfing
  • seafront
  • House by the lake

From Terlingua, TX to Malibu, CA, here are some of the most searched for stays in the top categories of 2022 to help inspire you for your next trip planning.8.

This holiday season also presents a unique opportunity to take advantage of planned trips and earn extra income, and maybe even pay for a trip to a trending destination. Earlier this month, Airbnb made Airbnb your home even easier with Airbnb Setup, with personalized guidance from a Superhost, the ability to welcome an experienced guest as your first guest, plus one-click access to specially trained community support agents. With even more AirCover for Hostswhich tripled damage protection to $3 million and expanded traveler identity verification, among other top-notch protections for inside and outside your home, now is the perfect time to become a host and start earning money.

In anticipation of 2023

If you’re still looking for the perfect holiday gift, give a trip with a Airbnb gift card. If you’re hoping to use your passport, consider exploring one of these hottest travel spots for international travel in 20239.

  1. Málaga, Spain
  2. Sydney, Australia
  3. Melbourne, Australia
  4. Auckland, New Zealand
  5. Bangkok, Thailand
  6. Queenstown, New Zealand
  7. Florianopolis, Brazil
  8. Porto Seguro, Brazil
  9. Perth, Australia
  10. Salvador, Brazil

All reservations included in this press release are intended to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not endorse or promote these listings or any other accommodations or experiences on the platform.

All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and reflect our beliefs and opinions as of the date of this press release. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any information contained in this press release, except as required by law.

  • 1Airbnb Gift Cards are available in the following markets: United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil (3rd party digital), Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico (3rd party digital), Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • 2Top 2022 (U.S.) night categories booked by U.S. customers in any destination with check-in dates from May 11, 2022 through September 30, 2022
  • 3Based on the total number of nights spent by international travelers in the United States between November 8, 2021 and September 30, 2022, compared to November 8, 2018 and September 30, 2019
  • 4Based on the total number of nights spent by international guests in the United States between November 8, 2021 and September 30, 2022
  • 5Top Cities of Origin, by Number of Nights for U.S. Travel by International Customer with Travel Stays Between November 8, 2021 and September 30, 2022
  • 6Searches performed in Q1-Q3 2022 for 2022 records vs. searches performed in Q1-Q3 2021 for 2021 records
  • sevenTop 2022 (US) night categories booked by US guests from May 11, 2022 through September 30, 2022 for future check-in dates November 23 through December 31, 2022
  • 8The most searched ads located in the United States between January and September 2022 (Q1-Q3 2022)
  • 9Searches performed in Q1-Q3 2022 for future 2023 registrations compared to searches performed in Q1-Q3 2021 for 2022 registrations

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