Top 22 Family Vacation Destinations in 2022

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Have we returned to a post-COVID world of family travel or are we still approaching international vacations with caution?

Just when we thought 2020 was the worst possible year for the world of travel, along rolled 2021.

Whilst some countries rapidly rolled out vaccine programs and reopened international borders, others continued with lockdowns, “green passes” and ever changing rules as the world continues to grapple with a “post-COVID” model for international travel.

Each year, we ask members of our Family Travel Inspiration Facebook Community to share with us their travel plans for the upcoming year. The Global Pandemic has seen most families wipe all but the most urgent of travel plans in the past two years, but we look optimistically towards 2022 and green shoots of recovery for the tourism sector.

Changes to the Family Travel outlook in 2022

Whilst last year’s survey really was mostly an optimistic wishlist, families are much better equipped coming in to 2022 with what MAY happen; Vaccines for children are helping our younger age group get on the move again but planned journeys are no doubt continuing to be thwarted by lockdowns and rule changes as we write (November 2021).

Some big movers and shakers in this years rankings – 2022 see’s Mexico jump firmly into number 1 spot with our international family travel community. This is closely followed by England, France, Italy, Australia & Canada as this year’s front runners.

NB in the past we’ve had a mix of cities and countries. We have combined this year’s results to represent countries as a whole, with only the US broken down by state.

Some notable absentees from our “top 22” include stalwarts such as New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa. No doubt all will return by next year, however, it seems travel restrictions and perhaps safety concerns with these family travel gems have put them on the backburner for many.

We’re going to take a detailed look at the top 10 destinations, and round out our list with another 12 family favourites chosen by our community and some of our own picks to complete the Top 22 Family Destinations in 2022.


We keep as a record our past survey results if you are interested to see where our families previously chose:


Best Family Destinations in 2022

Our top 10 family destinations in 2022, as chosen by family travellers:

1. Mexico

A hugely popular choice with our family travel community this year, it seems the sunshine and cultural sites of Mexico are proving a big pull for families. From the lovely warm waters of the Caribbean, all-inclusive resorts to the more remote cities, culture and cuisine.

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= 2. England

London is always a fixture in our top family destinations. This year we have combined votes for London with those looking to visit England in general and it’s clear to see why it’s the second most popular destination for families in 2022. A fabulous history and the fresh country air, England has plenty of family travel appeal.

Good public transport connections make it possible to see much of the country in a single trip and, of course, widely spoken English helps many international travelling families.

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= 2. France

Almost nothing can beat a classic family vacation to France. From the moment your kids first lay eyes on the Eiffel Tower to the snow-capped Alps, France delivers such diversity for a family vacation.

Once you’re done with the city sightseeing – several days, if not longer in Paris is a must – head to the countryside; older children will appreciate a tour of Normandy, whilst outdoor adventurers will be drawn to Marseille or perhaps the Pyrenes. Every family will find their favourite corner of France!

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4. Italy

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Isn’t Italy on everyone’s wishlist? From art to history to food, there is so much going on that family members of all ages will love.  Most kids will no doubt learn about the Roman Empire at school, and what better place to come for some real-life lessons than the Eternal City, Rome?

Continue your family adventure to the north or south. Venice is instantly recognisable and unforgettable, Florence will forever hold a charm and, of course, a classic stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Beachgoers will love Tuscany or the less-visited Calabria.

Learn more about Italy with kids

=5. Australia

Australia kangaroo on beach

Australia’s family travel appeal is simply indisputable. Although snap lockdowns and compulsory quarantines in many states still overshadow travel plans coming in to 2022, it remains a firm favourite with international travellers.

From the stunning beaches to the wildlife, incredible urban centres to the outback. It’s deciding exactly which part of Australia to see that remains the hard part! We always recommend family visitors to concentrate on one coast or state unless you have several months to spend Downunder.

Learn more about Australia with kids


=5. Canada

Whether it’s the majestic tranquillity of the mountains or the skiing and winter sports you love, Canada is undoubtedly being eyed up by many families as the perfect nature escape in 2022.

The vast size of Canada, like Australia, makes it difficult to cover in just one trip but there are many micro adventures to enjoy coast to coast. Visiting the Rockies, no matter the season will bring an unforgettable experience. Equally, Niagara Falls and the east coast hold many magical family adventures.

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7. Spain

Barcelona Sagrad Familia and lush green park

Spain is home to endless family adventures; it’s no surprise to see Spain back on the list of most popular family vacation destinations in 2022.

Most probably think immediately of Costa del Sol and endless hours of sunshine on the beach (very good reasons to visit!) but the major cities in Spain hold much intrigue and adventure too. Barcelona is frequently touted as one of the best European city breaks with kids or try the wide open plazas of Seville. The Balearic Islands with almost year-round warmth are another popular family choice.

Learn more about Spain with Kids


=8. Florida, USA

Florida Beach

COVID or not, Florida never seems to lose its appeal for domestic and international family travellers alike. From theme parks to wide sandy beaches it’s pretty clear to see why Florida remains a favourite. So much more than just Orlando and Disney World, there’s no surprise we’ve been here 3 times now with the Globetrotters!

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=8. Costa Rica

A brand new entrant to the top 10 this year, Costa Rica is proving a real draw card for families in 2022. Abundant nature experiences, as well as action and adventure from rainforest to beach have families researching this hidden gem. A warm and welcoming culture, waterfalls to volcanoes and hot springs – this destination is hot no matter when you plan to visit!

Learn more about Costa Rica with kids


10. Japan

Tokyo cityspace sunset view

Always a popular choice in our family travel community, though it has dropped from top spot on the 2021 wishlist to just popping into the top 10 still.

From the bustling capital of Tokyo through to the much-Instagrammed and beautiful Kyoto, there is a lot of fun family exploring to be had in Japan. One of the most intriguing destinations for families, we are certain as restrictions ease it will be top of people’s wish lists again for that unique family vacation.

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Just missing out on our top 10 but certainly still worthy of a mention in our best family vacation destinations for 2022.

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Our 2022 Wildcards – Best Family Destinations

Rounding things out for a nice even 22 to try in 2022, we’re throwing in a few extra family favorites of our own which we think will make incredible family experiences this year.

United Arab Emirates

We couldn’t not include our home country. We are undoubtedly bias but it really IS one of the best family-friendly destinations; the perfect mix of sun and outdoor adventure, theme parks and cultural experiences.

Jordan

Jordan Road Trip with kids - Wadi Rum

Still such a hidden gems for families. It’s Middle East location and perceived difficulty in understanding language and culture no doubt deter some families. However, it is arguably one of the best family travel experiences for adventurers.

Switzerland

The mountains of Switzerland are calling! Whether it’s winter skiing or summer hiking, Switzerland holds an outdoor magic that every family should visit at least once.

Bali

Indonesia Villa

Whether 2022 will see borders in Indonesia fully re-open or not, we hope that Bali can return as a sustainable family tourism destination for many generations to come.


So where will YOU be heading this year? Do you agree with how our community has voted for 2022? Tell us in the comments or jump on over to Family Travel Inspiration and share your ideas, ask questions and get involved in our family community group.

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More “Best Destinations” Around the World

If you’re looking for further family travel inspiration, look no further!

In collaboration with our family travel community, we have been collating “best of” family travel guides since 2013! These are constantly being improved and updated, so why not pop over and check out:

Disclosures:  This page contains affiliate links that if you make a purchase through may earn us a small commission at no extra cost to you. The destinations chosen are by community vote in November 2021 and don’t necessarily reflect the author’s point of view. You can read our full disclosure policy here. 

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7 thoughts on “Top 22 Family Vacation Destinations in 2022

  1. Johnny Mark says:

    Italy is on the top of my travel bucket list. I can’t wait to go there with my family. Thank you so much for sharing your top Family Vacation Destinations. I would love to hear more from you about such amazing places

  2. Sabrina Addams says:

    My husband and I are wanting to take our two teenagers and 9-year-old on a vacation for spring break before our oldest daughter graduates high school in May. I loved reading that New Zealand has beautiful beaches, mountains, and places for adrenaline-seekers to explore. We are all very outdoorsy, so I’d love to hire a travel agency service to help us find a place there or somewhere nice.

  3. Anna says:

    My family came to Japan this summer, the kids all love to play with cats, everywhere, it seems that cats and pets are popular here. I will plan for next year from the locations you recommend on this list.

  4. Mary says:

    Paris is my kids favorite place to visit. we went to France two times in the past and we bought lots of stuff from here. Great blog post. Thanks for all your valuable suggestion.

  5. Tanya says:

    Thanks for including us in this great list! There’s a little typo in our site name. Could you please correct this? It should be Moms.Tots.Zurich. Thanks!

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