The Safest Places to Travel Alone in 2022

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Dreaming of a solo adventure to embrace travel again in 2022? Join one of these small-group Culture Trip itineraries for a unique, authentic experience with like-minded travellers.

Travelling alone can be daunting. Mastering the art comes down to choosing the perfect destination – one with friendly locals, good transport and safe streets. So, whether you’re into glaciers or galleries, festivals or local fare, this carefully curated list is your ticket to the most exciting solo-travel experiences this year.

A man walks along a rope bridge in the jungle canopies of Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is home to the magnificent Cloud Forest Reserve, spread over 26,000 pristine acres (10,500ha) and shrouded in mist. The ancient forest is a hotspot for biodiversity, and explorable via damp trails, suspension bridges and even zip lines. Attracting biologists from around the world, the reserve is a global centre for conservation and ecotourism, containing more than 2,500 plant species, 400 bird species and even 500 species of orchids – the densest concentration on the planet. The small but accessible community of Santa Elena is just 5km (3mi) away and is a haven for backpackers thanks to buzzing hostels and organised tours. Costa Rica is ranked as the safest country in Central America according to the GPI; besides safety basics, look out for potholes on the steep, unpaved Monteverde roads. For cloud forests, Pacific surf, volcano hiking – and all your planning done for you – book onto our exclusive nine-day Costa Rica trip.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

San Jose, Costa Rica

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ENDS AT

Tamarindo, Provincia De Guanacaste

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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A street in Gangnam, Seoul, at night with neon and lit-up signs and cars and people in the street

Seoul, South Korea

As the capital city, Seoul tends to be the first stop for travellers arriving in South Korea. Wander through the pretty alleyways at Bukchon Hanok Village, then head to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) for a more modern history lesson. If you’re a K-pop fan, you’re in luck: Seoul is full of unique musical experiences. The city has a low crime rate – violent crime is very rare. It’s a big transport hub and well connected to other destinations around South Korea. Join Culture Trip’s specially curated 10-day adventure through South Korea, where you’ll experience everything in Seoul from singing your heart out at karaoke to a trip back in time at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Seoul, South Korea

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ENDS AT

Seoul, South Korea

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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This is an updated version of an article originally written by India Irving. Additional reporting by Maja Proescholdt.

A Covid-19 resurgence is always a possibility, so it is all the more important at this time to travel safely. Remember to check the latest travel restrictions and follow local government guidance.

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