Airbnb Travel Trends for 2022: Here’s Where Everyone’s Going
Airbnb has shared an update on the most popular travel trends it’s seeing right now, suggesting people want to return to the Mediterranean soon, as well as visit scenic spots in Tasmania and Western Australia.
The Airbnb report covered the top 10 travel destinations, broken down by hemisphere/season, that emerged in the first quarter of 2022 – and the results are quite interesting.
According to data shared by Airbnb, global travel has returned to pre-pandemic levels and, unsurprisingly, coastal destinations are where summer travel is, as people increasingly travel to inland during the winter months (this increased by more than 40% in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2019).
If you want to get some travel ideas for the coming year, here are the top destinations you need to know.
Airbnb’s trending domestic destinations for the austral winter
If you want inspiration for travel destinations for domestic travel, here are the top 10 places Australians are looking for on Airbnb.
- Springvale, Victoria
- The Rocks, New South Wales
- Denmark, Western Australia
- Pemberton, Western Australia
- Oberon, New South Wales
- Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
- Darlinghurst, New South Wales
- Bicheno, Tasmania
- Yallingup, Western Australia
- Strahan, Tasmania
Trending destinations in New Zealand
For those looking to take a trip to our friends in New Zealand, Airbnb has also shared the trending destinations people are looking for right now.
- Lake Tekapo, Canterbury
- Ohakune, Manawatu-Wanganui
- Whitianga, Waikato
- Tekapo, Canterbury
- Martinborough, Wellington
- Cardrona, Otago
- Wanaka, Otago
- National Park, Manawatu-Wanganui
- Raglan, Waikato
- Twizel, Canterbury
Trending Nordic summer destinations
Moving to international destinations, the most popular locations by global search interest on Airbnb are:
- Bodrum, Turkey
- Ibiza, Spain
- Villasimius, Italy
- Devon, United Kingdom
- Korcula, Croatia
- San Vito Lo Capo, Italy
- Nimes, France
- Maine, United States
- Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
- San Teodoro, Italy
Thus, if we look at this list, it appears that destinations in Europe, particularly in the Mediterranean (Italy, France, Spain), come up in everyone’s travel plans. Get ready for Euro Instagram content – it’s coming.
Additionally, with border restrictions easing, Australians are keen to travel within the country at this time, particularly to places like Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Other travel updates outside of Airbnb
As for what people are turning to, in terms of experience, Airbnb shared that the popularity of “unique” homes has increased by 80%. More specifically, the interest in small houses jumped 173%, barns by 60%, domes by 134% and three houses by 116 percent.
I mean, who doesn’t do you want to stay in a treehouse at this point?
Flexible travel and AirCover
Unsurprisingly, flexible travel dates remain top of mind with more than 9 in 10 respondents saying they have “flexible travel dates at least occasionally” in Airbnb’s report.
Obviously, in the face of COVID-19, travel has had to adapt but it’s worth pointing out that Airbnb’s COVID cancellation policy will not reimburse you if you fall ill with the virus.
Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb’s ANZ country manager, explained that this is due to global vaccination rates, countries implementing “living with COVID” plans, advice from medical advisers and the existing option of booking with a flexible cancellation policy in place.
These “allow customers to cancel at least five days before check-in – and in some cases up to 24 hours before check-in – and still receive a full refund,” she shared via email. -mail.
However, Airbnb recently announced a new list of booking protections as part of its new AirCover service. This includes:
Reservation Protection Guarantee – In the unlikely event that a Host must cancel your reservation within 30 days of check-in, we will find you similar or better accommodation, or refund your money.
Registration Guarantee – If you can’t check in at home and we can’t help you resolve the problem, we’ll find you similar or better accommodation for the duration of your original stay, or we’ll refund you.
Guarantee Get what you booked – If at any time during your stay you find that the house does not match the advertisement – for example, the air conditioning is broken or there are fewer bedrooms than expected – you will have three days to report this and we we’ll find you a similar or better home, or we’ll give you your money back.
24 hour security line – If you ever feel unsafe, you will have priority access to specially trained security guards, day and night.
With longer trips becoming increasingly popular, Airbnb has also announced the introduction of a new split-stay option that allows you to split your stay between two homes, indicating the distance between the two.
The latest update from the group is that Airbnb has announced its introduction 56 categories on the site, allowing travelers to search by “style, location or proximity to a travel activity”.
In a statement, he shared that “Members of Airbnb’s curation team review listings and select featured photos – so if a listing is in the Amazing Pools category, the first photo shows a swimming pool.”
A quick glance at the website shows you categories such as “OMG”, “Tiny Homes” or “Caves”.
Either way, if travel is back in your brain this year, there are plenty of fun options available to you. Let us know in the comments where your wanderlust takes you next.