In a year marked by the health crisis, border closures and travel restrictions, the Indonesian island of Bali has become the world’s most popular destination, according to Tripadvisor’s 2021 Travelers’ Choice Awards, an accolade awarded The awards reveal where tourists ventured last year while travel was still possible, as well as where they dreamed of going when the pandemic forced them to stay home. London was the second most popular destination followed by Dubai, Rome and Paris. Both the British capital and the latter two also occupy the top positions in the European ranking.
In this edition of 2021, Spain has four award-winning destinations, one of them worldwide. Barcelona has been ranked 9th in the general list and 5th in the European list, a list in which they are also Tenerife, in the 8th place; Madrid in the 13th and Mallorca in the 15th.
No Spaniards in other categories
The other categories of the Travelers’ Choice Awards are “Emerging destinations” and “Trend destinations”. In the first, the Caribbean island of Martinique was awarded first, followed by Panama City Beach (Florida) and the Brazilian Armaçao dos Búzios. While the three winning trend destinations have been Cabo San Lucas, in Mexico; the French island of Corsica and Doha in Qatar.
In addition, at a time when travelers enjoy the great outdoors more than ever, the category of “National Parks”. The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania has achieved the first position followed by the Jim Corbett National Park, in India, and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
With restrictions for much of the year, travelers explored the world very differently: They took more trips closer to home and preferred outdoor locations, away from crowded cities. According to a recent Tripadvisor survey, more than half, 52 percent, said they were more likely to take a trip outdoors or through nature than before the pandemic.
Travellers Choice Awards: Destinos populares
11. Hoi An, Vietnam
12. Siem Reap, Cambodia
15. New Delhi
17. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
19. Dominican Republic
22. New York City
24. Jaipur, India
25. Cusco, Peru
27. Goreme, Turkey
29. Split, Croatia
34. Kas, Turkey
35. Saint Petersburg, Russia