The most popular travel locations for the winter of 2022 have been revealed by the lodging and travel experience company Airbnb. According to Airbnb, Kuta, Bali is the most sought-after destination.
It easy to see why Kuta is at the top of Airbnb’s list. Due to its abundance of amenities for those seeking a winter retreat, Kuta has long been considered Bali’s premier vacation spot.
It’s difficult to pass up the opportunity to hang out in Kuta when the area is home to some of the most well-known beaches in the world, amazing lodgings, and an environment almost entirely dedicated to the comfort of visitors from all over the world.
The famous beach destination outperformed some other notable Christmas vacation destinations. Kuala Lumpur took second place, followed by Ipanema and Angra dos Reis in Brazil. Bangkok landed in fifth place, ahead of Sydney and Singapore. Malaga, a well-known coastal resort in Spain, landed in eighth place, Melbourne in ninth, and Pattaya, Thailand, rounded out the top 10.
Kuta now has more searches than Bangkok and Pattaya, which will be great news to Bali’s Deputy Governor Cok Ace, who has been open about his unhappiness with tourists preferring Thailand over Bali.
He observed that airfare costs to Thailand have decreased in recent months, while passengers have stated in online communities that Thailand’s 30-day free visa on arrival has been the deciding factor.
On the other hand, according to the Airbnb website, “Airbnb is partnering with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, promoting Bali as part of our Live and Work Anywhere program, designed to highlight outstanding global destinations for remote working. The Indonesian province has been blazing a trail for years as a leading destination for aspiring digital nomads”.
Bali’s digital nomad visa took a while to come about. Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies, said in September that digital nomads were permitted to live in Bali for up to six months at a time using the B211a Social-Cultural Visa.