The American business magazine Forbes recently ranked Ubud as the 6th best international destination for solo travelers in 2022.
Solo travelers, digital nomads, working expats and single retirees have long praised Ubud as a welcoming, pleasant and safe destination. Numerous social events and intimate cross-cultural communities have helped Ubud become a 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 solo 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 single-player experience requires a number of key elements that the trio figured out 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 they evaluated. The group has compiled a list of the top 40 places for solo travelers, with special attention to female solo travelers.
Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Marrakech in Morocco, Istanbul in Turkey and Cairo in Egypt are the top five places. 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 solo travel industry experts offered advice on how to have a safe and comfortable trip. Adventurer Kate suggests that solo travelers bring extra cash.
“I always recommend solo travelers to budget extra for security. The money can be used to take a taxi when you return home in the evening, instead of taking public transport, or to book accommodation in a better environment,” she said.
For those using technology to work remotely or as digital nomads, 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 very slow or cannot upload photos, it will greatly affect my work,” he said.
Vicky Flip Flop Travel therefore advises tourists traveling alone to make careful accommodation choices and not to be seduced by low prices.
“When it comes to hostels, my recommendation is not to go to the cheapest places. Because the cheapest accommodation often means out of town, not up to standard or there are other issues,” she said.