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No doubt about it, the pandemic changed the way many people approach travel.

Despite the complications of Covid and frequent flight cancellations, many travelers have reprioritized and are looking for that once-in-a lifetime vacation, according to an American Express  (AXP) - Get American Express Company Report travel survey from February. The survey found that 55% of respondents want to book a once-in-a-lifetime vacation this year, and 74% are willing to book a trip for 2022 even if they might have to cancel or modify it later.

Travelers are more focused on engaging in positive practices, including wellness activities, giving back to communities and protecting the environment, the survey found.

The sunny destinations on this list aren’t just for basking or laying on the beach. There’s also beautiful sunsets over turquoise waters, rays of light emanating from the clouds over a sleepy volcano, or dappled sunlight through the trees of the rainforest.

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Whether you like the beach, diving, water sports or hiking, exploring historic sites and ancient ruins, visiting landmarks, relaxing in a thermal spa, learning about the local culture, viewing wildlife or shopping and dining, these destinations offer a range of activities that can satisfy just about everyone for that once-in-a-lifetime escape.

Travel booking site Tripadvisor chooses its top destinations based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for destinations on their site, gathered over a 12-month period. 

Here are their 25 top places for sun seekers.

1 cancun Hotel Riu Palace Las Americas mexico sh
2 chichen itza mexico yucatan cancun sh
4 isla mujeres cancun mexico sh
5 bali Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Hindu temple sh
7 bali rice terraces tropics sh
8 crete xania venitian harbor sh
8b Elafonissi Beach greece crete
10 cabo san lucas mexico sh
10b cabo san lucas el arco sh
12 playa del carmen mexico turtle sh
13 Bavaro beach Punta Cana Dominican Republic sh
14 Cable car cabin on Mount Isabel de Torres, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic sh
15 Majorca spain sh
16 Hurghada, Egypt sh
17 Tenerife canary islands spain sh
17 corsica france sh
18 rhodes greece old town sh
19 aruba Tres Trapi Steps Triple Steps Beach Aruba sh
20 Phuket thailand sh
21 santorini sh
22 RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL SH
23 Hadaba beach sharm el sheik egypt sh
24 oahu Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii sh
25 Palolem beach, GOA, India sh
26 Ocho Rios, Jamaica sh
27 costa rica frog sh
28 sedona ariz sh
29 praia grande brazil sh
30 orlando wizard world harry potter sh
31 Campos Do Jordao, Brazil
32 Baños de Agua Santa ecuador sh
33 Baños de Agua Santa ecuador treehouse sh