Belize Named in Top 10 Countries To Visit in 2022 by Lonely Planet

by Carolee Chanona

Global travel authority Lonely Planet has unveiled its top 10 countries, cities, and regions to visit next year with the release of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022. Within, Belize takes home the number four (4) spot in the Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2022.

Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries To Visit in 2022 

Flying over the Great Blue Hole. Image via Astrum Helicopters

  1. Cook Islands
  2. Norway
  3. Mauritius
  4. Belize
  5. Slovenia
  6. Anguilla
  7. Oman
  8. Nepal
  9. Malawi
  10. Egypt

Best in Travel 2022 is Lonely Planet’s 17th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations and the must-have travel experiences for the year ahead. This edition places particular emphasis on the best sustainable travel experiences — ensuring travelers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go.


Details of diving with Splash! Image courtesy Bill Carmela

Want to explore Mayan ruins, swim in electric-blue waters, and view incredible wildlife? Belize has all of this and more, accessible via direct flights from multiple North American cities. If you’re waiting for Australia to open up its borders, try Belize instead: its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is breathtaking, and US travelers won’t need to worry about jet lag. Meanwhile, the language-cautious will appreciate that Belize’s national language is English.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel


Looking out onto Carrie Bow Caye from South Water Caye. Image courtesy Carolee Chanona

Each year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel lists start with nominations from Lonely Planet’s vast community of staff, writers, bloggers, publishing partners, and more. The nominations are then whittled down by our panel of travel experts to just 10 countries, 10 regions, and 10 cities. Each is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor, and ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism practices.


According to Lonely Planet’s VP of Experience Tom Hall, the release of Lonely Planet’s annual “hot list” of destinations and travel experiences could not be more timely.

“After an enforced hiatus, it’s time to take those long-postponed travel plans off the shelf and make them a reality,” Hall said on release of the list today.”The lists celebrate the world in all its wonderful enticing variety,” Hall continues. “From the lagoons and forests of the Cook Islands to the waterfalls and mountains of Iceland’s Westfjords, via Auckland’s natural and urban delights.”

Header image of Xunantunich via The Belize Collection.

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