Bali’s Ubud named among the best destinations for solo travelers in 2022

american business magazine Forbes recently ranked Ubud 6th among the best international destinations for solo travelers in 2022.

Solo travelers, digital nomads, working expats and single retirees have long praised Ubud as a welcoming, enjoyable and safe destination. Numerous social events and intimate intercultural communities have helped Ubud become a home away from home for thousands of travelers from all over the world who came for a short visit but ended up staying.

According to Forber Advisor, three individual travel experts were consulted to select the top 40 places for solo travelers in 2022. The three are Global Grasshopper, Vicky Flip Flop Travels and Adventurous Kate.

The ultimate solo experience requires a number of key components that the trio discovered together. The number of hostels, the average cost of a meal, the quality of WiFi and, of course, the crime rate are among the criteria evaluated. The group has compiled a list of the 40 best places for solo travelers, with special attention to women traveling alone.

Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Marrakesh in Morocco, Istanbul in Turkey and Cairo in Egypt are in the top five. Ubud, a popular spiritual and yoga destination in Bali, ranked sixth, ahead of Cusco, Peru; Bangkok, Thailand; New Delhi, India; and Phuket, Thailand.

Tips for solo travelers

The three individual travel industry experts offered advice on how to have a safe and comfortable trip. Adventurer Kate suggests solo travelers bring extra cash.

I always recommend solo travelers to save extra money for security. The money can be used to take a taxi when you get home at night, instead of taking public transport or booking accommodation in a better environment,” she said.

For those using technology to work remotely or as a digital nomad, Global Grasshopper has some helpful tips. Grasshopper encourages digital nomads to confirm that their destination has a reliable internet connection before booking.

“As a digital nomad, I always check my internet speed before leaving for a destination. If the wifi is too slow or I can’t send pictures, it will affect my work a lot,” he said.

Vicky Flip Flop Travel advises solo travelers to make prudent accommodation choices and not be lured by low prices.

“When it comes to hostels, my recommendation is not to go to the cheapest places. Because cheaper accommodation usually means out of town, doesn’t meet standards, or there are other issues,” she said.

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