T+L runs an annual global survey to identify the best travel experiences around the world, and given below is the list of the top 25 islands to visit in 2022 according to that survey.
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Travel is now starting to pick up again in many parts of the world after a pandemic-induced lull. Where are people eager to visit on their next holiday after waiting years?
This infographic, which lists the top 25 islands to visit worldwide, was made using poll data from Travel + Leisure (T+L) magazine.
Methodology of the World’s Best Awards
Prior to proceeding, it is important to summarise the approach and provide a quick explanation of how T+L put their findings together. T+L runs an annual global survey to identify the best travel experiences around the world.
Readers were asked to assess a variety of items in the survey, including their top islands to visit. Islands were evaluated according to a few criteria, such as:
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- Activities and sights
- Natural attractions and beaches
- Overall value
A score of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor was assigned to each category. The average scores for all categories were then used to calculate each island’s final score. We’ll get into the ranks for 2022 based on these scores below.
The 5 Top-Ranked Islands to Visit
There is a nice mixture of South Pacific, Asian, and European islands at the top of the list. The top five islands are listed below, along with some background information that explains why respondents gave them such high ratings:
1. Ischia, Italy
This picturesque volcanic island, located in the Gulf of Naples approximately an hour from the mainland, wins first place for its charming villages, pristine beaches, and hospitable residents.
Hot springs, which are easily reached by taxi or other forms of public transportation, are another notable feature.
2. The Maldives
The Maldives, renowned for its baby-blue waters, was named as the second-favorite island vacation by survey participants. These islands, which are found in the Indian Ocean, are well-known for their gorgeous beaches and top-notch diving and snorkelling opportunities. The Maldives are a well-liked honeymoon destination due to their abundance of luxurious resorts.
3. Bali, Indonesia
Due to its breathtaking natural beauty, vibrant culture, and wide variety of outdoor activities including surfing, diving, and hiking, this Indonesian island comes in third on the list. It is renowned for its traditional dance performances, music, and art. Visitors have the opportunity to learn more about Balinese Hinduism because it is the only province in Indonesia that is predominantly Hindu.
4. Milos, Greece
Milos, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, is popular with tourists for its tranquil beaches. Although the island is a well-liked vacation spot, it moves at a slightly slower pace than Santorini or Mykonos.
5. Fiji Islands
Because to its abundant marine life and welcoming inhabitants, this remote group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean came in fifth on the list. It has earned the moniker “soft coral capital of the world” and is well recognised for its superb diving.
Top Ranking Islands, by Region
Europe is ranked first by region and has seven of the top 25 island destinations. With six islands among the top 25, Southeast Asia comes in second place.
The data demonstrates that most of the islands rank well due to their stunning beaches and abundant marine life.
On the list, there are a few oddities, though. Mackinac Island, which is well-known for its historical attractions, is a good illustration of an outlier (Mackinac Island is home to a colonial fort built in the 18th century).
These rankings show that there are a handful of world-class island destinations that offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience, whether you’re a diver, history lover, or foodie.