We are currently on a motorhome adventure in the Småland Glasriket, and we will tell you about this as soon as we can. But first, travel news (and a little more about lovely Tunisia). Today you can see which countries and cities the Swedes think are the travel destinations of 2022. Do you agree, or do you believe in other destinations?
Corona has made Swedes less adventurous
A survey by HMD Global, which produces all Nokia phones, shows that Swedes are less keen to travel. 75% of Swedes surveyed described themselves as adventurous before the pandemic, while only 62% describe themselves as adventurous today. 18 per cent said that in a typical month they usually do not even leave the city where they live. The survey also shows that seven per cent have cancelled a trip because their phone was running out of battery power, and 39 per cent say they cannot find their way with just a physical map.
Ryanair expands at Arlanda - 12 new routes for the summer
Ryanair continues to expand and invest in the Swedish market, and for the summer season is launching ten new direct routes to destinations in Europe and two domestic routes to Luleå and Visby. The brand new international routes are to Brindisi, Beziers, Corfu and Chania, Rome, Mallorca, PoznanVenice, Wroclaw and Zadar. Ryanair is placing a total of four aircraft at the new base and will open a total of 35 new routes within six months, providing over 140 departures from Arlanda per week.
The Baltic Sea gets its first gym with yoga and virtual exercise classes
More and more people want to invest in their well-being even during the cruise. That's why the new Viking Glory will offer passengers a brand new wellness offer with a gym, yoga and spa when the Turku-Stockholm service starts in March 2022. The Archipelago Spa & Wellness section on Viking Glory will be the Baltic Sea's first gym with virtually guided exercise classes and a yoga room with floor-to-ceiling windows. There are also many other exciting new features on this €190 million ship, which will soon move from China to Sweden.
Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland is getting ready for its Christmas opening in 2021.
Rovaniemi opens the 2021 Christmas season on Saturday 20 November in Santa Claus Village, the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi Christmas Opening is an annual celebration to share Christmas spirit across the world. This year the event takes place on 20 November in the central square of Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi. The musical performance can be seen on site or online. The event is broadcast on Facebook LIVE on Visit Rovaniemi and starts at 15.45 Finnish time (UTC +2).
The winners of Destination 2022 have been announced
During the trade fair Travel News Market 2021 Travel News presented next year's destinations in a variety of categories. The Swedish people told us where they want to travel in a survey conducted in collaboration with Nordic Bench. Here are the winners:
Best budget travel destinations
- Budget weekend: Prague, Budapest, Istanbul
- Budget week: Turkey, Montenegro, Bulgaria
- Budget long distance travel: Thailand, Bali, Vietnam
Best safe travel destinations
- Safe weekend: London, Barcelona, Rome
- Safe week: Mallorca, Canary Islands, Costa del Sol in Spain
- Safe long distance travelling: Maldives, Australia, Miami
Best premium destinations
- Premium weekend: Paris, Barcelona, Rome
- Premium week: Sardinia, Amalfi Coast, Santorini
- Premium long-distance travel: Hawaii, Tokyo, Maldives
Reflection of the week
The Destination 2020 winners include several destinations that we recently visited and liked very much, such as Prague, Turkey and Bulgaria. When it comes to Swedes becoming less adventurous, this is perhaps true, for natural reasons. At the same time, we believe that many have become good at local adventures!
Did you miss the last travel news? Read the Thailand, Christmas celebrations and accessibility award